Economics and Institutions

Philip University in Marburg

M.Sc. On Campus
24 months
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The Master of Science in Economics and Institutions programme offered by Philipps-Universität Marburg provides rigorous training in all major fields of economics, employing modern theoretical and empirical methods.


Nobel prize winner Douglass North (1991) defines institutions as ‘humanely devised constraints that structure political, economic and social interaction.’ Institutions provide societies and individuals with a level of organization and security that is welfare enhancing both in good times and, perhaps especially, during times of uncertainty and crisis. Douglass North observes: ‘Throughout history, institutions have been devised by human beings to create order and reduce uncertainty in exchange.’ North assigns institutions a crucial role in the economy: ‘Institutions provide the incentive structure of an economy; as that structure evolves, it shapes the direction of economic change towards growth, stagnation, or decline.’

Institutions play a major role in our economy. Learning how the economy works and how it can be governed requires an understanding of economic institutions. Completion of the programme will prepare you for a career as a professional economist in government or business or provide you with a solid basis for an academic career.

As all courses are taught in English, the programme is particularly well suited for international students. Class size is small, averaging about 25 students, which creates a personal and intense working atmosphere. These conditions encourage students to actively participate in class and to take part in debates on economic theory and policy issues.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Theoretical Economics
  • Empirical Economics
  • Theoretical Institutional Economics
  • International Institutional Economics
  • Law and Economics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
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Other requirements

General requirements

  • First, undergraduate university degree
  • Transcript of Records
  • Proof of the course-specific knowledge and skills
  • Documents for the aptitude assessment procedure 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.

The University of Marburg does not charge tuition fees. However, students do have to pay administrative fees in the amount of about 300 Euros per semester.


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