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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Finance Group

Studying Finance @ Humboldt

Finance is a subfield of economics, which examines how private individuals as well as corporations and institutions make financial decisions, how financial markets work, and how prices of financial assets are determined. Financial decisions include investment, financing, and risk management decisions. Finance also studies the governance structures of corporations and how managers are or should be compensated.

The School of Business and Economics offers a broad spectrum of finance and finance-related courses at the Bachelor, Master, and Ph.D. levels. By taking these courses, students can receive a broad and in-depth education in finance, which prepares them for careers in banking, asset management, corporate treasury, and business consulting.

Finance is the most quantitative of business majors. Students specializing in finance will benefit from sound knowledge of mathematics, statistics, and econometrics. For students interested in writing a Bachelor or Master thesis in Finance, it is important to know how to handle and analyze financial data.

The following list shows all finance and finance-related courses offered by the Finance Group and other chairs at the School of Business and Economics.

  • Grundlagen der Finanzwirtschaft I
  • Grundlagen der Finanzwirtschaft II
  • Financial Markets & Social Science
  • Financial Markets: Economic Theory & Practice
  • Banken
  • Behavioral Finance and Asset Pricing
  • Banken Seminar
  • Bachelor Thesis Seminar
  • Valuation (Accounting)
  • Market Microstructure (Finanzierung)
  • Issues in Finance (Finanzierung)
Empirical Courses (Bachelor)  
  • Empirical Research in Finance 
  • Datenanalyse I & II (Statistics)
  • Angewandte Kausalanalyse (Empirical Labor Economics)
  • Tabellenkalkulation mit MS Excel (Career Center)
  • Datenanalyse mit STATA - Erlernen und Anwenden (Career Center)
  • Finance Theory
  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Case Seminar Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Private Equity
  • Master Thesis Seminar: Corporate Finance
  • Master Thesis Seminar: Financial Economics
  • Market Microstructure (Finanzierung)
  • Theory of Incentives (Micro)
  • Financial Accounting and Analysis (Accounting)
  • Valuation (Accounting)
  • Datenanalyse I & II (Statistics)
  • Analysis of Panel Data (Econometrics)
  • Financial Contracts (Mangement Science)
  • Financial Contracts Seminar (Management Science)
  • Selected Topics of Emerging Markets (Menkhoff, DIW)
  • Advanced Financial Economics: Corporate Finance
  • Advanced Financial Economics: Asset Pricing
  • Finance-Accounting Research Seminar
  • Finance Brownbag Seminar
  • Empirical Methods in Accounting and Finance (Accounting)
  • Statistics of Financial Markets (Statistics)
  • Advanced Methods in Quantitative Finance (Statistics)
  • Statistical Tools in Finance and Insurance (Statistics)

For the "überfachliche Wahlpflichtbereich (ÜWP)" we recommend the Portfolio Management Programm (PMP) or courses offered by the Humboldt Innovation GmbH on how to start-up your own company. 

Expected Future Course Offerings

The following table lists the expected course offerings of the Finance Group over the next three semesters. There is no guarantee that these courses will be offered as expected. To obtain information about actual course offerings, please turn to the most recent "Vorlesungsverzeichnis".



Summer Term 2018

Winter Term 2018/2019

Summer Term 2019

Grundlagen der Finanzwirtschaft I X   X
Grundlagen der Finanzwirtschaft II   X  
Banken X X X
Banken Seminar X X X
Bachelor Thesis Seminar X X X
Financial Markets & Social Science / Finance & Politics   X  
Financial Markets: Economic Theory & Practice X   X

Behavioral Finance and Asset Pricing

Empirical Research in Finance






Finance Theory   X  
Advanced Corporate Finance X   X
Case Seminar Advanced Corporate Finance X   X
Private Equity      
Master Thesis Seminar:
Financial Economics
Master Thesis Seminar:
Corporate Finance
X ° X
Advanced Financial Economics - Corporate Finance   X  
Advanced Financial Economics - Asset Pricing      
Finance Brownbag Seminar X X X
Finance-Accounting Research Seminar X X X

* Übung only    ° to be determined

For more detailed information on course sequencing and course contents, students of the school of Business and Economics should visit the following pages: Bachelor, Master, and Ph.D.


Visiting Students

Courses without space constraints are open to students from other universities. Students from other universities (Nebenhoerer) must, however, apply for course admittance by submitting an application to the group's secretary Mrs. Bulwahn. The application must contain the registration form and proofs that prerequisite requirements (if any) are satisfied. For more information, please visit the Studierenden Service Center website.