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The MAGKS program

The MAGKS program offers doctoral students in economics at the participating universities(Marburg,Aachen, Gießen,Göttingen,Kassel andSiegen = MAGKS) an excellent basis for their doctoral work and is thus intended to increase the quality of doctoral training.

The target group is therefore the doctoral students of the participating departments. The aim is to significantly improve the quality of doctoral training and to promote the integration of doctoral theses into international research.

Starting point and motivation

The programme has a special model character, as existing inter-university doctoral programmes in Germany typically take place within the framework of a Research Training Group, i.e. the participants concentrate entirely on their doctoral studies.

In contrast, structured support for research assistants and external doctoral students outside the chairs has rarely taken place to date.

The starting point for the urgency of improving teaching is the experience that there is typically a large gap between the content taught in the diploma programs and the research literature.

This gap will be reduced by the introduction of research-oriented Master's programs, but it is unlikely to disappear completely. It therefore makes sense to offer doctoral students special courses that provide a compact and methodologically sophisticated in-depth study of key points in economics. What is important here is that, on the one hand, careful training in core areas of economics is guaranteed and, on the other, a focus on special research topics is possible.

MAGKS portal and information on current courses for doctoral students

Further up-to-date information, such as the current course schedule and an overview of active MAGKS teachers and participants, can be found on the MAGKS homepage.

Discussion and working papers of the MAGKS

  • The discussion and working papers of MAGKS members can be found here.
  • Prof. Dr. Bernd Hayo (University of Marburg) coordinates the MAGKS Discussion Paper Series.