Master Thesis


This spring/summer semester (FSS 2014), the Chair of International Finance will offer 8 master thesis topics in the area of "Empirical Finance" for master students at the University of Mannheim. You can find details on the specific paper topics here.

The list of matriculation numbers of students, who applied online, can be downloaded here.

You find the allocation of topics here. Please contact your advisor to get started. Contact details are available here.

The colloquium will take place in room 409 (4th floor), L9, 1-2, on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 8.30am-2.00pm.


You must have successfully completed a seminar from the Finance Area (Albrecht, Bühler, Maug, Ruenzi, Terberger, Theissen, or Weber) in order to participate. Some knowledge of statistics and econometrics is useful and participants should be motivated to undertake empirical work.


You can write your thesis either in German or English.

Form of Assessment

Paper: 100%

Assignment of Topics

The assignment of master thesis topics is carried out in cooperation with the Chair of Corporate Finance (Prof. Maug), the Chair of Corporate Governance (Prof. Niessen-Ruenzi), the Chair of Finance (Prof. Theissen), and the Chair of Finance and Banking (Prof. Weber). 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.



The Chair of International Finance will hold one block session in which candidates will present their topics. This block session is an integral component of the supervision at our chair. It 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 session is obligatory for all candidates.

Stata Tutorials

If you apply for a 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. 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 document of the Chair of Finance and Banking (Prof. Weber).


In case of further questions please contact Nic Schaub (schaub[at]