General Information

The Finance Area will offer seminars for students every semester. There is a centralized allocation procedure for seminar topics in the Area of Finance.  On this website you can find information on the centralized allocation procedure of seminar topics. The actual topics, formal requirements and supervision specifics are subject to the policies of the individual chairs. Please refer to the respective chair websites for more information in these regards.


  • General Timeline

    To enable the common allocation procedure, there is a fixed timline when it is possible to start writing a seminar paper and when to apply for topics. For a general timeline of this process please refer to this document. Note that the timeline cannot be changed due to individual requirements, e.g., due to time spent abroad or internships.


  • Prerequisites

    You must have successfully completed at least one finance course (FIN XXX) offered by one of the chairs of the Finance Area in order to participate. We typically can consider exam grades from the first exam date of the semester ending just before the start of the seminar. As most topics require to work empirically, 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.


  • How Topics are allocated

    The allocation of topics is carried out jointly for the participating chairs. Once the application period start, you will be required to fill out an online application form indicating your contact details, your grades in FIN XXX courses as well as your preferences regarding the different topis offered. The assignment is competitive and based on the average grade of your FIN XXX courses and your priority list from the application form. In order to ensure a timely completion of the master program, priority will be given to students with a very high semester count. It can happen that some students that apply in a given semester cannot be assigned a topic. Note that the probability that you will be assigned a topic will depend on both your seminar grade as well as how popular the topics on your preference list are. There is generally no guarantee to be able to complete the MMM program within 4 semesters with the exact course combination of your choice.


  • Stata Tutorial

    Most of the topics in Finance require you to work empirically. 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. Please consult this website for more information. The tutorials typically take place around the start date of the writing phase.


  • Learning Goals and 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. In an examplary seminar, students will present their own paper, discuss another student's paper, and participate actively in the classroom discussions. The detailed set-up of the seminar sessions is subject to the individual chairs' policies.


Process Guide and Schedule

Date Event Additional Information
30.11.2018 Topics Announcement

Topics will be uploaded to the individual websites of the participating chairs.

06.12.2018 Topics Presentation (Room: O 048)

Topics will be presented by the participating chairs. Schedule:

  • 2.20 pm LS Theissen
  • 3.10 pm LS Wimmer
  • 3.30 pm LS Niessen-Ruenzi
  • 4.10 pm LS Ruenzi
06.12.2018 - 20.12.2018 Online Application Students should submit an online application form indicating their preferences.

Please use the link provided below to join the Ilias group for the seminar applications and follow the instruction there.

03.01.2019 Topics Allocation Announcement and Starting Date

The allocation of topics will be published here and the writing phase begins.

14.02.2019 Submission Date (6 weeks)

Last day to hand in your paper for 6 weeks topics.

28.02.2019 Submission Date (8 weeks)

Last day to hand in your thesis for 8 weeks topics.


Seminar Presentations

Chair-specific seminar sessions where the work is presented and discussed.


Contact Person

Fabian Brunner, M.Sc.

PhD Student
University of Mannheim
Business School
L 9, 1-2 – Room 502
68161 Mannheim
Phone: +49 621 181-1625
E-mail: brunner(at)
Consultation hour(s):
On appointment