Master Thesis FSS 2019

General Information

The chair of Finance (Prof. Dr. Erik Theissen) supervises master theses in every semester.

The allocation of Diploma and Master Theses in FSS 2019 takes place in coordination with the Chairs of Prof. Albrecht, Prof. Maug, Prof. Niessen-Ruenzi, Prof. Ruenzi and Prof. Weber.

You must have successfully completed one seminar of the area “Banking, Finance, and Insurance” (Prof. Albrecht, Prof. Maug, Prof. Ruenzi, Prof. Terberger, Prof. Theissen, Prof. Weber) .

Time Schedule

1. Presentation of Master Thesis Topics

The master thesis topics will be announced on March 1, 2019 on the homepage of each Chair.

The presentation of master thesis topics takes place on Thursday, March 7, 2019 in L9, 1-2, 001 between 2:00 and 6:00pm

  • 2:00pm: LS Ruenzi
  • 2:45pm: LS Albrecht
  • 3:15pm: LS Niessen-Ruenzi
  • 3:50pm: LS Theissen
  • 4:50pm: LS Maug

2. Application (online)

The online application form for the master thesis is between Friday, March 8 and Friday, March 15, 2019. Please submit your priority list by using the application form.

3. Assignment of Master Thesis Topics

The assignment of master thesis topics takes place on Friday, March 22, 2019. You can find the assignment of topics here. 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 Friday, March 22 and Friday, March 29, 2019. 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 Friday, March 29, 2019.

6. Master Thesis Seminar

The master thesis colloquium will be on Friday, May 24L9, 1-2, room 409 in three slots between 9:15 AM -4:00 PM. You are only required to attend the session you are assigned to, but welcome to join others. You can 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 Monday, July 29, 2019 (12:00pm) at the chair of Prof. Theissen (office hours 9:00am-12:00pm).



LS Theissen
T1. Dark Trading and Informational Efficiency

T2. Mutual Fund Manager Characteristics and Fund Performance

T3. OTC Trading Around Large Institutional Orders
T4. Order Flow Toxicity, Informed Trading, and Transparency

T5. Socially Responisble Investment

T6. Real Effects of Short Selling Disclosure

T7. Hedge Funds, Monetary Policy, and Search for Yield

T8. Investment and Taxation

T9. Startup Financing: The Relationship between Angel and VC Investments

T10. Horizon of Passive Investors

The presentation of the master thesis topics can be found in the ILIAS group “FIN 704 Vorstellung der Masterarbeitsthemen für das FSS 2019” after the topic presentation.

    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.

  • Past Semester

    Information on master theses of the last semester can be found here.