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FIN 790 - Seminar Thesis

General Information

The Chair of Financial Markets and Financial Institutions will offer several seminar theses for master students at the University of Mannheim in the fall term 2019. The assignment of seminar papers is carried out via the centralized procedure of the Finance area. Please refer to the website of finance area for more information on the assignment process.

  • 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. As most topics require empirical work, some knowledge of statistics and econometrics is useful and participants should be motivated to work empirically. You should write your seminar paper in English.

  • How Topics are allocated

    Please refer to the website of finance area for more information on the assignment process.

  • FIN 604 – Stata in Finance

    Most of the topics in Finance require empirical work. 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 also take the course FIN 604 - Stata in Finance which provides you with basic knowledge about programming with STATA and the use of financial databases. The tutorials typically take place around the starting date of the writing phase. Please consult this website for more information.

  • Learning Goals and Outcomes

    In this course, specific topics related to financial markets and financial institutions 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.

    Students will learn how to work on a research paper independently. 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.

  • Language

    You should write your seminar paper in English.

  • Form of Assessment

    • Paper: 60%
    • Presentation: 25%
    • Referee report on another student's paper: 15%
  • Additional Guidelines

    Further guidance on the seminar paper (e.g., formal requirements) is provided in this document.

Process Guide and Schedule

Date Event Additional Information
29.11.2019 Topics Announcement Topics offered by this chair will be available here.
 

05.12.2019

(1.30pm-6.00pm)

Topics Presentation

Topics will be presented by the participating chairs. A detailed schedule will be published on the website of the finance area.

Presentation slides of the Chair of Financial Markets and Financial Institutions will be available here.

09.12.2019 - 19.12.2019 Preference Submission

Student should submit a preference list for the offered topics via the online application form published on the website of the finance area.

03.01.2020 Starting Date The allocation of topics will be published on the website of the finance area.
 

28.02.2020

12 pm

Submission Date Please hand in two hardcopies and one electronic version (flash drive or disc) of your thesis in the secretary’s office.
12.03.2020 and 13.03.2020 Seminar Presentations All seminar theses are presented and discussed.