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Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS)

Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS)

The Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) integrates excellent areas of graduate education and research at the University of Bremen (UB) and Jacobs University into a synergetic inter-university institution designed to be an internationally competitive model of graduate education. BIGSSS' guiding principles are education to excellence, quality assurance, and effective funding.

BIGSSS builds on the experience and institutional structure of both UB's Graduate School of Social Sciences (GSSS), founded as a model institution for the reform of advanced graduate education in Germany and Jacobs' interdisciplinary social science graduate programs.

Founded on the core disciplines of political science, sociology and psychology (but also integrating bordering disciplines), and supported by a solid foundation in social science methodology, BIGSSS offers advanced interdisciplinary training, thus preparing fellows for leading professional positions inside and outside of academia, both nationally and internationally.

BIGSSS' graduate education and research is built around thematic fields which are integrated by the umbrella theme "Changing Patterns of Social and Political Integration." The three Thematic Fields are:

  • Thematic Field A: Global Governance and Regional Integration
  • Thematic Field B: Welfare State, Inequality, and Quality of Life
  • Thematic Field C: Changing Lives in Changing Socio-Cultural Contexts

BIGSSS is based on the collaboration among a number of outstanding research institutes at the two universities and draws on a prodigious social science landscape from both UB and Jacobs. This cooperation facilitates the early integration of doctoral students into a strong research environment and ensures a cutting-edge research orientation in BIGSSS' curricular and thematic development.