Current Offerings - HWS 2017

The Finance Area will offer seminar slots for master students at the University of Mannheim in the HWS 2017. The organization of the Finance seminar is centralized for the five Chairs listed below. This time, the Chair of Finance (Prof. Theissen), the Chair of Banking and Finance (Prof. Weber/Wimmer) as well as the Chair of International Finance (Prof. Ruenzi) will offer topics through this centralized procedure.

On this website you can find all general information on the seminar. For more information on the topics of the different Chairs and further Chair-specific information, please visit the respective websites of the Chairs.

Note: Due to time constraints it is not possible to write both the seminar paper as well as the master thesis in the same fall/winter semester. This is only possible in spring/summer semesters.

Future Offerings

The finance area will offer seminar slots in FSS2018. A schedule is available here. Futher details will be announced soon.


In this course specific topics from the field of finance will be dealt with in depth. Students will have to work on the main topic of the seminar in some detail and write a term paper on a specific sub-topic that will be allocated to them. In the seminar, students will present their own paper, discuss another student's paper, and participate actively in the classroom discussions.

Learning Outcomes

Students will learn how to independently work on a research paper. Thus, the seminar paper also serves as preparation for a master thesis. Furthermore, students learn how to present research results and how to contribute to scientific discussions.


You must have successfully completed one core course (FIN 5XX) from the Finance Area (Albrecht, Maug, Niessen-Ruenzi, Ruenzi, Terberger, Theissen, or Weber) in order to participate (the exam must be in the month before the topic allocation announcement at the latest). Some knowledge of statistics and econometrics is useful and participants should be motivated to undertake empirical work.


You should write your seminar paper in English.

Assignment of Topics

The assignment of seminar papers is carried out jointly at the following chairs: the Chair of Corporate Finance (Prof. Maug), the Chair of Corporate Governance (Prof. Niessen-Ruenzi), the Chair of Finance (Prof. Theissen), the Chair of Finance and Banking (Prof. Weber), and the Chair of International Finance (Prof. Ruenzi). The assignment of the seminar paper topics is based on the average grade in the courses of the Finance Area and your priority list from the seminar application form. In order to ensure a timely completion of the master program, priority will be given to students in their third or higher master semester.

The Chair of Risk Theory, Portfolio Management and Insurance (Prof. Albrecht) and the Chair for Business Administration, Financial Systems and Development Finance (Prof. Terberger) may offer additional seminar topics. Please refer to the Chair of Risk Theory, Portfolio Management and Insurance or to the  Chair for Business Administration, Financial Systems and Development Finance for further information.


  • Tuesday, May 23, 2017: Topics announcement on the respective Chair webpages.
  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017: Topics presentation, O 048.
    • 1:30pm - 1:45pm: Wimmer
    • 1:45pm - 2:45pm: Theissen
    • 2:45pm - 3:45pm: Ruenzi
  • Monday, June 05 - Friday, June 09, 2017: Submission of priority lists. You will find the link for the online application form here.
  • Monday, June 26, 2017: Topics allocation announcement. You can find the document with the allocation of topics here. Please contact your advisor to get started. Contact details are available on the respective Chair websites.
  • Monday, June 26, 2017: Starting date
  • Monday, June 26 - Friday, June 30, 2017: Registration/Withdrawal period
  • Monday, August 07, 2017, 12pm (noon): Submission of seminar papers (6 weeks)
  • Monday, August 21, 2017, 12pm (noon): Submission of seminar papers (8 weeks)

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.

Stata Tutorials

If you apply for an empirical seminar topic at a chair of the Finance Area 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. Joint tutorials are offered by the Chair of International Finance (Prof. Ruenzi), the Chair of Corporate Finance (Prof. Maug), and the Chair of Finance (Prof. Theissen). Please consult the homepage of the Chair of Finance (Prof. Theissen) for updated information.

Additional Guidelines

Further guidance on the seminar paper (e.g., formal requirements) is provided by each Chair separately.


In case of further questions regarding the general timeline or topic assignment process please contact Robert Schelenz (schelenz(at)

For questions related to specific Seminar topics or other Chair-specific information, please contact the respective Chair.