Master Thesis

Current Offerings - HWS 2017

In the fall/winter semester (HWS 2017), the Chair of International Finance will offer about 8 master thesis topics in the area of "Empirical Finance" for master students at the University of Mannheim.


You must have successfully completed a seminar from the Finance Area in order to participate. Some knowledge of statistics and econometrics is useful and participants should be motivated to undertake empirical work. In particular, having experience from an empirical seminar thesis is useful.


You should write your thesis in English.

Form of Assessment

Paper: 100%

Assignment of Topics

The assignment of master thesis topics is carried out in cooperation with the other chairs of the Finance Area. The assignment is based on the grade in one of the seminars of the Finance Area and your priority list from the master thesis application form.


  • Friday, June 02, 2017: Topics announcement. You can find the topics Initiates file downloadhere. [Password: ruenzi17]
  • Wednesday, June 07, 2017: Topics presentation in L9, 1-2, Room 003. You can find the presentation slides Initiates file downloadhere. [Password: ruenzi17]
    • 1:30-2:30 pm: LS Theissen/Atanasov
    • 2:30-3:15 pm: LS Maug
    • 3:15-4:00 pm: LS Ruenzi
    • 4:00-5:15 pm: LS Weber/Wimmer
  • Monday, June 26 - Friday, June 30, 2017: Submission of priority lists. You can find the online application form on the Opens external link in new windowwebsite of the Finance Area.
  • Wednesday, August 16, 2017: Topics allocation announcement. You will find the allocation of topics on the Opens external link in new windowwebsite of the Finance Area.
  • Wednesday, August 16 - Tuesday, August 22, 2017: Registration period (Ask your supervisor to fill out the registration form.)
  • Tuesday, August 22, 2017: Starting date
  • Friday, December 22, 2017, 12pm (noon): Submission of master thesis (hardcopy and electronic version, which should include the data and do-files necessary to replicate your work)

Please note that the timeline is common within the Finance Area and thus cannot be changed individually, e.g., due to time spent abroad or internships.


The Chair of International Finance will hold two block sessions in which candidates will present their topics. These block sessions are an integral component of the supervision at our chair. They should be considered as a chance to get an early feedback on the thesis. Additionally, participants have the opportunity to discuss problems and in particular to receive guidance. The participation in the block sessions is mandatory for all candidates.

Stata Tutorials

If you apply for a seminar and/or master thesis at our chair and your knowledge about STATA and financial databases is limited, you should attend the tutorials that provide you with basic knowledge about programming with STATA and the use of financial databases in advance. We will offer joint tutorials with the Chair of Corporate Finance (Prof. Maug) and the Chair of Finance (Prof. Theissen). Please also consult the homepage of the Chair of Finance (Prof. Theissen) for updated information.

Additional Guidelines

Further guidance on the master thesis (e.g., formal requirements) is provided in this Initiates file downloaddocument.


In case of further questions please contact Opens internal link in current windowFabian Brunner.