Philipps University Marburg, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics


Philipps-Universität is not only a German university steeped in tradition, it is also the oldest university in the world that was founded 1527 as a Protestant institution. It has been a place of research and teaching for nearly five centuries.

Nowadays there are nearly 20,000 students studying in Marburg - 12 percent from all over the world. Almost all scientific disciplines, with the exception of the engineering sciences, are represented at Philipps-Universität Marburg. The different disciplines are assigned to different faculties, which are to be found under Faculties.

Numerous organizations complement and enrich the university’s range of services. For example, such organizations may carry out special research activities or support Philipps-Universität Marburg in the areas of communications, IT and foreign languages.

The Department of Economics comprises six professors plus about a dozen senior and junior lecturers. The professors have extensive experience with regard to refereed international publications, advising governments or international organisations, and teaching in English. The Economics Department ranks among the top ten departments in terms of international publications per professor in Germany (CHE Ranking 2005). Economic research and training is highly internationalised in Marburg, as all academic staff members have established strong, sustainable partnership programmes and joint research projects with Universities in Europe, the US, and other parts of the world. The faculty’s focus on institutional economics is underlined by MACIE, the Marburg Center for Institutional Economics, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. The Economics staff emphasises the importance of a friendly and open teaching environment. Students are welcome to approach professors and engage in debates on relevant economic issues.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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MSc Economics and Institutions (MSc EconInst)

Campus Full time October 2016 Germany Marburg

The Master of Science Programme in Economics and Institutions at Philipps University Marburg provides students with a comprehensive training for a career as a professional economist in government or business and an excellent basis for an academic career. [+]

The Master’s Programme in Economics and Institutions at the Philipps-University of Marburg provides students with a comprehensive training for a career as a professional economist in government or business and a solid basis for an academic career.


 Course Content & Distinctive Features


The MSc Economics and Institutions offers rigorous training in all major fields of economic theory and policy (including research methods) and is fully taught in English. It is designed as a general M.Sc. economics programme with a distinctive focus on the economic analysis of institutions. This unique focus is based upon the fundamental insight that the performance of an economy crucially depends on its institutions. These may be formal institutions, e.g. business laws and regulations, organization of the social security system, design of central banks, and institutional structures of the state and its political process; they can also be of an informal nature, e.g., norms and habits or specific institutions such as cooperatives and micro-credit markets in developing countries. Therefore, New Institutional Economics, Constitutional Economics, Law and Economics, Mechanism Design, Principal Agent Theory, and Political Economy / Public Choice are the main theoretical approaches, which students learn to apply in order to analyze the effects of current rules, regulations, and organizations and to make educated reform proposals in a broad field of economic applications. This institutional economics focus reflects also the specific research profile of all the professors of economics in Marburg. The economics specialisations offered in the programme are “Institutional Economics”, “International Institutional Economics”, “Markets and Innovation”, “Economics and Globalisation”, and “Economic Policy”. Small course sizes, intensive lecturer-student interactions in seminars, international students, and modern teaching approaches are important characteristics of the MSc Economics and Institutions.... [-]

MSc Economics of the Middle East (EMEA)

Campus Full time 22 - 24  October 2016 Germany Marburg

Joint International Master's Programme [+]

What is the idea behind EMEA?

EMEA is a unique master’s programme designed for students who want to acquire a solid foundation in economic analysis in combination with specific knowledge about the economies of the MENA region.

For this purpose, EMEA combines an academic focus with hands-on regional experience: lectures are taking place at Philipps-University Marburg and at Lebanese American University (LAU) and the master’s thesis can be written during a six months stay in the MENA region.

How does EMEA work? Four semesters with a total of 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits Graduate-level economics and introductory MENA economics followed by specialised courses Economics and interdisciplinary electives facilitate specialisation according to individual interests How is the programme’s content structured? ... [-]

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Philipps University Marburg
Faculty of Business Administration and Economics
Fb.02- Wirtschaftswissenschaften Universitätsstraße 24,

Marburg, D-35037 DE
Location address
Fb.02- Wirtschaftswissenschaften Universitätsstraße 24,
Marburg, Hesse, D-35037 DE