Master's Seminar (Module Research Design | Preparation Master Thesis)

As part of your master's study, at least one seminar paper with presentation must be written in a master's seminar.

The coordinated registration for the master's seminar via the Dean of Studies' Office is intended to guarantee the most efficient distribution of students to the various master's seminars. This means first and foremost that the "right" students are assigned to the various seminars, i.e. you should have acquired the appropriate basic knowledge and a minimum of credit points. If you have achieved good grades in the foundation courses, this will also be taken into account and you will receive some preference in the allocation.

Registration for seminars take place before the start of the semester and usually begins on the same day that the course directory for the new semester is published.

For seminars in spring semester
Registration runs from early December to early January.

For seminars in fall semester
Registration runs from mid-May to mid-June each year.

You will find the link to the online registration during the registration period on this page.

Seminar participation will be allocated only after all examination results from the present semester have been received.


Spring semester 2024
Registration begins on 4 December 2023 and ends on 8 January 2024! After that date, no more registrations can be accepted.

Seminar participation will be allocated during the first two weeks of February - after all examination results from the previous semester have been received. You will be notified by e-mail of your allocated seminar. You must confirm or cancel this by e-mail. Only then is your seminar allocation final.

After evaluating all registrations, the seminar seats are allocated according to the following criteria and priorities, which have been determined by the lecturers in advance:

Relevant degree program or specialization module
The seminar is assigned to your degree program or specialization module or is a compulsory course.

Number of credit points already earned

  • The more credit points you have already acquired, the higher the probability (ceteris paribus) of obtaining a seminar seat.
  • Core subjects or Fundamentals & Core Courses:
    You should have already successfully completed some courses from the modules Fundamentals and Core Courses.

Grades:
The better your grades in the prerequisite courses, the more likely you will be accepted into the desired seminar.

Alternative seminar preferences:
By indicating more than one desired seminar (ideally: 3 priorities), you may increase your chances of getting a seminar seat.

Further criteria:
For some seminars, the following criteria are also taken into account:

  • If you have already had discussions with the lecturer and have shown an interest in taking part in the seminar, you can indicate this in the registration under remarks.
    The Dean of Studie's Office will contact the lecturer before the definitive assignment.
  • Further, individual requirements according to the information in the course catalogue.

You can not register for the master's seminars via Online-Services. The registration will be excecuted by the Dean of Studies' Office - once the seminar allocation is completed and the enrollment period expired.

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Seminar offered in the fall semester 2023

In the medium-term curricula you will find a yearly overview of the seminars usually offered. However, this listing may change to some extent in the upcoming semester due to research semesters, etc.

The following seminars will be offered in the fall semester 2023:

Supervised by: Dr. Jacqueline Henn and Prof. Dr. Paolo Vanini

Participation requirements:

Completed Bachelor's degree. In addition, the following seminar-specific prioritization applies:

  • A minimum grade of 4.5 in the lecture 12036 Econometrics and.
  • Number of credits already earned in total.

For some seminar topics, knowledge of Matlab, Stata or R is required or you must acquire it.

The general assignment criteria for the master seminars can be found here...

Supervisor:
Prof. Jeffrey Macher and Prof. Rolf Weder

This is an annual course for which a special application process applies. For more information see here.

Supervisor: Prof. Kurt Schmidheiny and Prof. Conny Wunsch

Admission requirements:

The following courses must have been passed:

  1. 12036 - Econometrics
  2. 18545 - Advanced Mathematics for Economics
  3. 58989 - Computing for Business and Economics

Prior attendence of the following courses is recommended:

  1. 41957 - Advanced Econometrics | 1st semester
  2. 58920 - Causal Inference for Policy Evaluation
  3. 55753 - Elements of Applied Probability

 

For the general terms of admittance please see here...

Supervisor:
Prof. Dr. Frank Christian Krysiak

Admission requirements:

For students in the Master program Business and Economics or Economics and Public Policy:
At least one of the following courses has been taken (or is taken in parallel):

  • 14255 Environmental Economics (Krysiak)
  • 29002 Electricity Markets (Weigt)
  • 62655 Energy Economics (Weigt)
  • 17691 International Trade, Resources and the Environment (Taylor)

MSD students without a bachelor degree in economics/business and without focus area in economics are supposed to have completed the "Complementary Knowledge in Economics" module (MSD 2017). MSD students with focus area in economics are required to have taken at least one of the courses mentioned above for students in the Master program Business and Economics.

The general prerequisites and allocation process can be found here...

Supervisor:

Prof. Dr. Aleksander Berentsen

Admission requirements:

We only accept applications from students who have already acquired a minimum of 30 CPs. Furthermore, you should be aware that all papers have to be written in English. It is recommended that the course 10645 Monetary Theory has been taken.
The general prerequisites and allocation process can be found here...

Supervised by: Prof. Dr. Karsten Hadwich

Participation requirements:

Completed Bachelor's degree. Decisive for the seminar assignment:
The following courses must have been successfully attended:

  • 10653 Product Management
  • 10663 Strategic Service Management

In addition, participation in the kick-off event and the full-day presentation event is mandatory.

The general assignment criteria for the master seminars can be found here...


Seminar offer in spring semester 2024

In the medium-term curricula you will find a yearly overview of the seminars usually offered. However, this listing may change to some extent in the upcoming semester due to research semesters, etc.

The following seminars will be offered in the spring semester 2024:

Supervisor: Dr. Jacqueline Henn / Prof. Dr. Paolo Vanini

For admission requirements please refer to the course directory. For the general allocation criteria for the Master's seminars please see here...

Supervisor: Prof. Miguel Brendl

For admission requirements please refer to the course directory. For the general allocation criteria for the Master's seminars please see here...

Supervisor: Prof. Fabian Schär

For admission requirements please refer to the course directory. For the general allocation criteria for the Master's seminars please see here...

Supervisor:
Prof. Jeffrey Macher and Prof. Rolf Weder

This is an annual course for which a special application process applies. For more information see here.

Supervisor: Prof. Alois Stutzer and Prof. Reiner Eichenberger (University of  Fribourg)

For admission requirements please refer to the course directory. For the general allocation criteria for the Master's seminars please see here...

Supervisor: Prof. Sarah Lein, Prof. Yvan Lengwiler and Prof. Georg Nöldeke

For admission requirements please refer to the course directory. For the general allocation criteria for the Master's seminars please see here...

Supervisor: Prof. Michael Beckmann and Prof. Manfred Bruhn

For admission requirements please refer to the course directory. For the general allocation criteria for the Master's seminars please see here...


The following seminars have been cancelled due to research semester or moved to another semester:

  • Empirical Research in Public Econonomics (47275, Prof. Dr. Beat Hintermann) The seminar has been moved to the fall semester. It will be offered again in fall 24.
  • Financial Accounting (43803, Prof. Dr. Ulf Schiller) The seminar has been cancelled due to Prof. Schiller's research semester. It is expected to be offered again in spring 25.
  • Management Accounting (31955, Prof. Dr. Sabine Böckem) The seminar has been cancelled due to Prof. Böckem's research semester. It is expected to be offered again in spring 25.