Master Thesis FSS 2021

General Information

The chair of Finance (Prof. Dr. Erik Theissen) supervises master theses in every semester. The allocation of Master Theses in FSS 2021 takes place in coordination with the Chairs of Prof. Albrecht, Prof. Maug, Prof. Niessen-Ruenzi, Prof. Spalt, and Prof. Ruenzi.

You must have successfully completed a seminar with one of the chairs of the Finance Area (FIN 7XX) in order to participate. 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 thesis in English.

Time Schedule

1. Presentation of Topics

The master thesis topics will be announced on Monday, March 01, 2021 on the homepage of each Chair. The presentation of master thesis topics takes place on Thursday, March 04, 2021 (online) between 1:30 and 6:00 pm. Below you find a rough timetable for the presentation of the master theses.


The presentation of the master thesis topics can be found here.


2. Application (online)

The online application form for the master thesis is between Monday, March 08, 2021 and Tuesday, March 16, 2021. Please submit your priority list by using the application form.

3. Assignment of Topics

The assignment of master thesis topics takes place on Tuesday, March 23, 2021. You will find the assignment of topics on the website of the finance area. Please contact your advisor after the assignment of Master thesis topics. Please notice the “Guide to Scientific Writing”.

4. Period of Registration

The period of registration for the master thesis is between Tuesday, March 23, 2021 and Tuesday, March 30, 2021. Please register at the secretary's office of Prof. Theissen (office hours, 9:00am-12:00pm). 

5. Start of Processing Time

Start of the processing time is Tuesday, March 30, 2021.

6. Colloquium

The master thesis colloquium will be on Friday, May 28, 2021 in three slots between 9:00 AM – 05:00 PM. You are only required to attend the session you are assigned to, but welcome to join others. You will find detailed information here.

7. Submission Deadline

Two hardcopies and one electronic version (preferable as PDF-file) of your master thesis have to be handed in on Friday, July 30, 2021 (12:00pm) at the secretary's office of Prof. Theissen (office hours, 9:00am-12:00pm).



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The presentation of the master thesis topics can be found here.


Previous Topics

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T1. The Financial Implication of Pharmaceutical Progress

T2. Stock Returns after no-information Shocks: Mutual Fund Flow Pressure Revisited

T3. Understanding asymmetric FX volatility around the world

T4. Cryptocurrency and Coronavirus Crisis

T5. Real Effects of the European Sovereign Debt Crisis

T6. Wasteful Year-End Spending: New Evidence for the Trump Administration

T7. Momentum, Liquidity, and Transaction Costs

T8. All Roads Lead to Rome: How to Estimate Beta



    Further Information

  • Stata Tutorial

    For participants in a seminar and master or diploma students writing an empirical thesis at a chair of the Area of Finance (not only the Chair of Finance), a course on empirical work with Stata and the databases of the University of Mannheim (e.g. CRSP ot Compustat) will be offered at the beginning of each semester. The name of the course is FIN 604 – Stata in Finance.

    This course is no mandatory prerequisite for writing a seminar, master or diploma thesis and are solely offered to help students prepare efficiently for empirical scientific work.