German–French Master’s and Doctoral Degree Program



Partners are Bielefeld University and Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne

The already established Master’s and doctoral degree programs receive funding from the German–French University for five years since the winter term 2013/14. The program is called ‘PhD Track in Quantitative Economics’, TiQE in short.

The direct path to a doctorate: A pre-condition for funding from the German–French University was a design linking together the two-year Master’s program with the three-year doctoral program to form a five-year training course. The goal is to give outstanding students the chance to already aim towards their doctorate during their Master’s program. The programs should effectively integrate the German and the French parts of the courses and exhibit a highly structured training concept. The joint application by Bielefeld University and University of Paris I was able to convince the experts on the University Council of the German–French University. Professor Dr. Herbert Dawid and Professor Dr. Frank Riedel from the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics and the Center for Mathematical Economics (IMW) are responsible for the program in Bielefeld.

The DFH supports measures to improve the infrastructure and students mobility. The project proposal was initially for twelve Master’s and eight doctoral students – one half in Paris and the other half in Bielefeld. The groups are mixed right from the start so that some Bielefeld students will begin in Paris and vice versa. Several changes of study location are planned during the course of the Master’s and doctoral degree program. Although courses are taught in English, language courses in either French or German are an integrative part of the program. Students passing their Master’s examinations receive a double degree from TiQE. Doctoral students are supervised by both universities and awarded a joint degree.

As well as gaining binational qualifications, students profit from comprehensive supplementary training in the other country’s language. The long periods of study and research give them a great opportunity to get to know another country and its customs in great detail. In addition, the double degree represents a significant additional qualification when applying for jobs in science or business. It will allow a good career start in both Germany and France.

The German–French University is an association of member universities from Germany and France. It promotes relations and exchanges between German and French universities in order to strengthen cooperation between the two countries in higher education and research.



BiGSEM student, Ghislain-Herman Demeze-Jouatsa, will defend his doctoral  thesis. It will take place on Friday September 21 at 2 pm in V10-122.

ExSIDE Research Training School

The ExSIDE Research Training School will take place from the 12th of September until the 14th of September 2018 at the Bielefeld University

BGTS mobility grants

Congratulations! Ghislain Herman Demeze successfully applied for the BGTS mobility grants.

Successful ExSIDE Second Network-Wide Training Event

in March at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris. Our doctoral studens participate at these training event R. Terranova, M. Nanumyan, E. Damdinsuren, S. Reissl, F. Li, T.S. Pham ...

CEF 2018

Nine BiGSEM members actively participated and presented papers at  the 24th International Conference on Computing in Economics and Finance (CEF 2018) in Milano http://comp-econ.org/CEF_2018/.

Call for Papers

13th BiGSEM Doctoral Workshop on Economic Theory

Bielefeld University, Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF)

December 10-11, 2018

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: September 15, 2018