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 Workshop

The 13th BiGSEM Doctoral Workshop on Economic Theory took place at Bielefeld University earlier this week. The annual event is entirely organized by doctoral students for doctoral students. Out of a pool of applications, sixteen speakers where invited to talk about their research in various fields of theoretical economics. All of these talks took place in the plenary hall of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research amidst the green of the Teutoburg Forest. Afterwards, everybody returned home with new ideas and concepts. Pictures

Serhat Gezer

Serhat Gezer successfully defended his thesis on "Dynamic and Strategic Analysis of Innovations"



BiGSEM student Serhat Gezer will defend his doctoral thesis. It will take place in U3-140 at 2 pm on Friday November 23.

New visiting PhD student

Elena Iakimova from University of Calabria (IT) is taking part in BiGSEM as a visiting student in the time from 01/10/2018 to 28/02/2019. Her research interests are mainly focused on energy resources.


BiGSEM happily welcomes ExSIDE students

BiGSEM happily welcomes three second year ExSIDE doctoral students who are now doing their research in BiGSEM during the academic year 2018/19:

Ms. Fen Li
Mr. Thanh Son Pham
Mr. Severin Reissl

We wish our new students a good start and much success with their academic program!