Master Thesis FSS 2024

General Information

The Chair of Finance (Prof. Dr. Erik Theissen) supervises master theses in every semester. The allocation of master theses takes place in coordination with the chairs of Prof. Maug, Prof. Niessen-Ruenzi, Prof. Ruenzi, and Prof. Spalt.

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

DateEventAdditional Information
05.03.2024Topics Announcement

Topics will be uploaded to the individual websites of the participating chairs. You can find the topics of our chair below.

Please feel free to contact us if you have questions. If your questions relate to a specific topic please contact the supervisor of the topic directly.

07.03.2024 – 14.03.2024

Online Application

Students should submit an online application form indicating their preferences. The link for the Ilias group will be provided on the website of the Finance Area.


Topics Allocation Announcement

The allocation of topics will be published on the website of the Finance Area.

18.03.2024 – 25.03.2024

Registration Period

Ask your advisor to register your thesis at the student services office within this period.


Starting Date

Formal starting date of the writing phase.



You will present preliminary results of your thesis and get feedback to your progress.


Submission Deadline

Last day to hand in your thesis.

You find an information sheet on writing a master thesis here.


Topic Name
T1.  Dark Pool Trading and Information Acquisition
T2. Ex-dividend Day Price Pressure of Stocks and ETFs
T3. Corporate Bond Liquidity during Financial Crises
T4. Dissecting the Long term Performance
T5. Acute Biodiversity Risk and Stock Returns
T6. Seasonal Pattern in Mutual Fund Flows
T7. Skills and Scalability of Mutual Fund Managers
T8. Deposit Insurance Credibility and Revealed Preferences
T9. Market Efficiency and Data Mining

The presentation of the master thesis topics can be found here

Please feel free to contact us if you have questions. If your questions relate to a specific topic please contact the supervisor of the topic directly.


Previous Topics

Topic Name
T1. The Value of the Voting Right
T2. Market Underreaction and Earnings Announcements: What Explains the Post-earnings-announcement Drift?
T3. Algorithmic Trading Around Earnings Announcements
T4. Political Risk and Stock Return
T5. Disagreement of Inside Investors and Stock Market Reaction
T6. Salience Effect Across the Business Cycle
T7. IPOs and Characteristic Based Benchmark Returns
T8. Privacy Coins
T9. Long Run Stock Returns After Corporate Events


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.