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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Finance Group


Bachelor Courses Offered by the Finance Group

This page describes the courses offered by the Finance Group and recommends a study plan for students specialising in finance. If you are interested to write a bachelor thesis in finance click here.


Recommended Study Plan:

To specialise in finance, students of business administration (BWL) and economics (VWL) should follow the following course sequence.




Grundlagen der Finanzwirtschaft I Grundlagen der Finanzwirtschaft II Banken Bachelor Praktikum Empirisches Arbeiten Bachelor Thesis Seminar
    Financial Markets & Social Science Banken Seminar Writing Thesis

Students of "Wirtschaftspädagogik" should take the course "Grundlagen der Finanzwirtschaft I" followed by "Financial Markets & Social Science".


Course Descriptions


Grundlagen der Finanzwirtschaft I (VL + ÜB, 4 SWS, 6 SP, WS)  moodle-icon

Dieser Kurs wird im Wechsel mit Prof. Müller angeboten. Themen: Wertpapiere und Finanzmärkte, Zinsraten, Present Value, Bewertung festverzinslicher Wertpapiere, Aktienbewertung und Investitionsrechnung


Corporate Finance, De Marzo and Berk, Pearson 3. Aufl.
Investments, by Bodie, Kane, and Marcus, McGraw-Hill 9. Aufl.      
Bewertung: Schriftliche Prüfung (60 min)                                                                


Grundlagen der Finanzwirtschaft II (VL + ÜB, 4 SWS, 6 SP, SS)  moodle-icon

Dieser Kurs behandelt Themen wie Risiko & Rendite, Portfoliowahl, Capital Asset Pricing Model, Index-Modelle und die Efficient Market Hypothesis.


Corporate Finance, De Marzo and Berk, Pearson 3. Aufl.
Investments, by Bodie, Kane, and Marcus, McGraw-Hill 9. Aufl.

Bewertung: Schriftliche Prüfung (60 min)                                                              


Corporate Finance (VL + ÜB, 4 SWS, 6 SP, WS)  moodle-icon

This course gives an introduction to the financial management of corporations. The course focuses on cash management & financial forecasting, company/project valuation using multiples and discounted cash flow models and the basics of capital structure and dividend policies. The Modigliani-Miller Theorem is a central focus of this last section.

Prerequisite: Grundlagen der Finanzwirtschaft I & II
Textbook: Corporate Finance, by De Marzo and Berk, Pearson 3rd edition 

Written exam (90 min)


Banken (VL + ÜB, 4 SWS, 6 SP, SS & WS) moodle-icon

Dieser Kurs behandelt Ursachen der Finanzkrise, institutionelle Grundlagen von Finanzmärkten und Finanzinstitutionen, Aufbau und Struktur von Banksystemen sowie deren Regulierung und das Rechnungswesen in Banken.

Voraussetzung: Grundlagen der Finanzwirtschaft I & II

Saunders/Cornett: "Financial Markets and Institutitons", 5. Aufl. 2012
Becker/Peppmeier: "Bankbetriebslehre", 9. Aufl. 2013

Bewertung: Schriftliche Prüfung (60 min)

Banken Seminar (2 SWS, 6 SP, SS & WS) moodle-icon

Anfertigung einer Seminararbeit (12-15 S. Text) zu ausgewählten Themen der Bankbetriebslehre und Präsentation der Ergebnisse (45 Min.). Bewerbungen jeweils 10 Tage nach Erscheinen des aktuellen VL-Verzeichnisses an Dr. R. Saupe. Beschränkung auf 15 TeilnehmerInnen, regelmäßige Teilnahme am Seminar.

Voraussetzung: Grundlagen der Finanzwirtschaft I & II, Banken                                                                              
Bewertung: Seminararbeit


Financial Markets & Social Science (VL + ÜB, 4 SWS, 6 SP, SS) moodle-icon

This course consists of two parts. In the first part of the course, we will discuss how political and economic forces affect financial market theory, and how the theory shapes financial markets. In the second part, we will examine how legislation and regulation directly influence the structure of financial markets and how players in these markets intervene in the political process to create or modify legislative and regulatory outcomes. A component of the seminar is an ungraded presentation (20 min) and discussion.

Prerequisite: none


Bernstein, P., 1992, Capital Ideas: The Remarkable Origins of Modern Wall Street, Free Press.
Bernstein, P., 2007, Capital Ideas Evolving, John Wiley & Sons.

C. Calomiris, and S. H., 2015 Haber, Fragile by Design: The Political Origins of Banking Crises and Scarce Credit, Princeton University Press.
Fourcade, M., 2009, Economists and Societies, Princeton University Press.
MacKenzie, D., 2006, An Engine, not a Camera: How Financial Models Shape Markets, MIT Press.
Rajan. R., and L. Zingales, 2004, Saving Capitalism from the Capitalists, Princeton university Press.
Mian, A., and A. Sufi, 2014, House of Debt, University of Chicago Press.

Evaluation: Written exam (60 min)


Financial Markets: Economic Theory and Practice (VL + ÜB, 4 SWS, 6 SP, WS) moodle-icon

The first part of this course covers the micro-foundations of finance theory, with a focus on representative agents and market efficiency. The second part is about limits of market efficiency/arbitrage and portfolio management.


Prerequisite: Grundlagen der Finanzwirtschaft I und II

Lengwiler, Y., 2004, Microfoundations of Financial Economics, Princeton University Press.

Pedersen, L. H., 2015, Inefficiently Efficient, Princeton University Press.

Evaluation: Written exam (60 min)


Behavioral Finance and Asset Pricing (VL + ÜB, 4 SWS, 6 SP, SS) moodle-icon

This course introduces the students to the behavioral finance view on asset pricing. The course starts with a discussion of the foundations of the efficient markets hypothesis and then focuses on theoretical and empirical challenges faced by this hypothesis. The topics covered in the course include noise trading, investor sentiment, limits to arbitrage, overreaction and underreaction to news, excess volatility, return predictability, market booms and busts, historical/institutional trends in market development. A component of the course is an ungraded 15-20 minutes presentation by the students. 


Prerequisite: Grundlagen der Finanzwirtschaft I und II

Shleifer, A., 2000, Inefficient Markets. An Introduction to Behavioral Finance, Oxford University Press.

Shiller, R., 2015, Irrational Exuberance, Princeton Univeristy Press, 3rd Edition. 

Evaluation: Written exam (60 min)


Bachelor Thesis Seminar  (2 SWS, WS & SS) moodle-icon

Anfertigung einer Bachelorarbeit (30 S. Text)  und Präsentation der Ergebnisse (45 Min.) Regelmäßige Teilnahme am Seminar erforderlich. Bewerbungen jeweils zum 30.9./31.3. an Dr. R. Saupe. Beschränkung auf 15 Teilnehmer


Banken Seminar oder Bachelor Praktikum Empirisches Arbeiten. Bevorzugt werden Studenten mit den stärksten Kenntnissen im Gebiet Finance (Finanzierung).



Writing a Bachelor Thesis in Finance

Students who would like to write a Bachelor thesis in Finance must register for the Bachelor Thesis Seminar. This seminar is offered every semester and currently conducted by Dr. Rainer Saupe. A prerequisite for the Thesis Seminar is to complete either the Banken Seminar or the Bachelor Praktikum Empirisches Arbeiten. Students with the strongest background in finance will be given preference in registering for the Bachelor Thesis Seminar. We therefore recommend to take as many finance courses as possible if you would like to write your thesis in the area of finance. The application deadlines for the Bachelor Thesis Seminar are 30.9. and 31.3. of each year.

Most Bachelor thesis topics will be in the area of financial intermediation (banking), but topics in corporate finance, investments, asset pricing are also available. If you are interested in banking you must complete the two banking elective courses. Bachelor thesis topics will be distributed during the Bachelor Thesis seminar.

Please pay attention to the following points regarding Bachelor theses:

  1. A thesis needs to be registered at the examination office. The corresponding form is available at the examination office or the study office. The preliminaries for a thesis will also be examined there.
  2. The administered deadline starts the day after the announcement of the thesis topic. It applies to all students without exceptions. Any exceptions can only be granted by the examination board. An exception requires grave reasons and proof.
  3. The examiner needs to register the topic and the deadline via the application form. After announcement of the topic it needs to be transferred to the examination office without delay. The students will receive a copy of the application form after the entry at the examination office or the study office.
  4. The compliance with or exceedance of the deadline will be determined through direct deliverance of the thesis at the examination office and registered officially.