Master Thesis at the Chair of International Finance

General Information. Master students have to complete a thesis in oder to complete their studies. General information is available here (in German):

Examination Regulation

At the Chair of International Finance, students are encouraged to write a theses including an own, independently conducted empirical analysis. Theoretical thesis are very welcome as well, especially for students that consider doctoral studies following their master. All theses, empirical and theoretical, need to be closely embedded in existing theory.

The following links provide guidelines for the formal requirements and the structure of an empirical thesis and data work:

Guide Written Assigments

Structure MSc Thesis

Roadmap to Data Analysis

There are two types of master theses:

  • Topic pre-defined by the supervisor. The research question, the main resources, tools and key literature is provided by the supervisor as the starting point for independently conducted research.
  • Topic of student’s own choice. Main responsibility regarding academic literature, data collection and methodology is with the master student. Guidance in academic analysis and writing is provided by the supervisor.

Presentations. Master theses are presented in two research colloquia for each student: one around the middle of the four-month master thesis period (presentation of preliminary results, discussion of questions) and one in the end. The first type of consistes of 10 minutes uninterrupted presentation plus subsequent feedback. The second lasts for 20 minutes including questions and answers.

The presentations take place twice a semester - within the first 2 weeks and the last 2 weeks of the lecture period. The next presentations will take place during the dates:

  • 26.04.2024 from 08:30 to 10:00 at HS VI (00-311)
  • 14.06.2024 (to be confirmed)
  • 12.07.2024 (to be confirmed)
  • 25.10.2024 (to be confirmed)

The first presentation takes place during the third month of the master thesis. The time of registration must be adapted to the presentation slots.

The following link provides guidelines for the presentation:

Info Master Thesis Presentation

Organization. Students are responsible for all organizational issues of their thesis (including registration at Studienbüro, presentation and hand-in dates and general time-management).

The following link provides a latex-file that students are encouraged to use as it helps to satisfy the formatting requirements:

Thesis Template

and the statutory declaration:

Statutory Declaration_Master Thesis