Master Thesis


This fall semester (HWS 2013), 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. Please inform Erik Fernau ( or Inga van den Bongard ( in case you submitted your application but do not find your matriculation number on this list until July 12th at the latest.

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

The two colloquia will take place in room 409 (4th floor), L9, 1-2, on Thursday, October 24, 2013, 8.30am-6pm and on Friday, November 15, 2013, 8.30am-6pm.


You must have successfully completed a seminar from the Finance Area (Albrecht, Bühler, Maug, Ruenzi, Schmid, 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 seminar papers 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 of the master thesis topics 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 7, 2013: Topics announcement (You can find the topics here.)
  • Wednesday, June 12, 2013: Topics presentation (Room O142, Slides)

    • 1.45pm-3.00pm LS Theissen
    • 3.00pm-4.15pm LS Weber
    • 4.15pm-5.00pm LS Ruenzi and LS Niessen-Ruenzi
    • 5.00pm-5.45pm LS Maug

  • Monday, July 1 - Friday, July 5, 2013: Submission of priority lists (You can find an online application form here.)
  • Tuesday, July 2 - Friday, July 5, 2013: Stata tutorial
  • August 14, 2013: Topics allocation announcement (You find the allocation of topics here.)
  • Wednesday, August 14 - Tuesday, August 20, 2013: Registration period
  • Tuesday, August 20, 2013: Starting date
  • Thursday, October 24, 8.30am-6pm: 1st colloquium
  • Friday, November 15, 8.30am-6pm: 2nd colloquium
  • Friday, December 20, 2013, 12pm (noon): Submission of master thesis (hardcopy and electronic version)


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 two block sessions is obligatory for all candidates. Dates of the block sessions will be announced in due time.

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]