Final theses

Application Process

To apply for a thesis, please send the following information to Tobias Kalsbach (email:tobias.kalsbach@tum.de):

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Current Transcript of Records
  • A preference list indicating your preferred research area in one of our competence fields

Please refrain from preliminary inquiries and always send all the documents listed above. Please apply about two months in advance.

Topics

We do not explicitly post current topics of bachelor's and master's theses on the webpage. If you are interested in writing a thesis at the chair, please send us your preference list (see above). We will try to find a topic that fits your interests. A list of exemplary topics from the past can be found here

Note: If you want to work on a self-selected topic or if you want to write your thesis in cooperation with an industry partner, you are asked to hand in a short two-pager with a thesis proposal. This proposal should (at least) (i) define the research question, (ii) indicate the data and methodology to be used and (iii) discuss the related literature.           

NOTE: New bachelor's theses will start in February 2022. The application deadline is February 5, 2022. Please send your application to tobias.kalsbach@tum.de.  After the registration is confirmed, the student will be invited to an info session, where the supervisor will provide all the details regarding the topic. The info session will take place in end-Febraury.

Afterwards, new theses will only be available as of August 2022. In the meantime, you can apply on a rolling basis since, in exceptional cases, there might be topics available to be supervised individually.

Who can apply?

All students that have visited the course Corperate Finance can apply for bachelor theses.

For master's theses, students must have a specialization in "Finance & Accounting" from the Master in Management and Technology (TUM-BWL) or should have passed two of the following four courses: Asset Management, Banking & Risk Management, Derivatives, or Empirical Corporate Finance. If the grade of any of these courses is not in your transcript yet, please include it in the email body. In exceptional cases, students who passed only one of the four courses can apply for a master thesis at the department  (i.e., students should then explain why they could not pass two of these courses or demonstrate that they passed comparable courses). We will then see whether we can find a suitable topic for you. In case you have the specialization in "Finance & Accounting" and have not been able to find a topic at the other chairs from this field, please let us know. We will then try to find a topic for you.

Duration

  • Bachelor: 3 months
  • Master thesis (MBA/EMBA): 3 months/6 months
  • Master thesis (TUM-BWL/TUM-WIN): 6 months
  • Diploma thesis: 6 months                            


Guidelines

A final thesis has to adhere to scientific standards. It is the duty of the student to become familiar with those standards. Guidelines concerning the thesis itself (formal requirements, layout, etc) can be found here.

Hints for students

Hints to find scientific papers

For some helpful student resources have a look at our Student Resources section.

Databases

On a regular basis, there are workshops on Refinitiv Workspace and Datastream (see TUMonline). Students who wish to write their final thesis at our department are highly recommended to participate in these workshops in order to be able to handle financial data necessary for their thesis.

An overview of accessible databases is provided here

Disclaimer

Please notice that legally binding are only the examination regulations that can be found on the website of the TUM business faculty.