Research Modules

Allocation Process

Places in research modules are allocated in an online allocation process via BASIS. After the end of the first registration, places are drawn by lots – if possible taking into consideration your priorities. Please choose as many priorities as possible as you may not get a place in a research module at all otherwise.

Students may apply in reasoned exceptional cases to the Examination Committee (by email to the Examination Office) for a place in a second research module. If a reasoned exceptional case exists and if capacity allows, a place in a second research module is allocated to the student. A positive decision by the Examination Committee does not automatically entitle a student to a place in a second research module or the allocation of a certain research module. After the end of the second allocation period, the remaining places will again be drawn by lots.

Exam Registration for Research Modules

In addition to the online registration for places in the research modules, students also need to register via Basis for the exams - usually about 2 weeks after the start of the lecture period. After the end of the registration period, registrations for research module examinations are no longer possible.

Only those students can register for the exams who have obtained a place in a research module in the allocation process (see Allocation Process above).

Please be sure to effect the exam registration for research modules via the button registering and withdrawing from exams and not via the button registering/withdrawing from courses

Detailed information on the allocation process and the exam registration can be found here.

Technical instructions for online registration are here (soon).

Entry Requirements for Research Modules

The Examination Regulations for the Master program in Economics specify the following entry requirements for research modules: 

  • having passed the corresponding basic module
  • having passed any two advanced modules except Topics Modules:

Research Module in

Prerequisite for Exam Registration

Microeconomic Theory basic module Microeconomics & any 2  advanced modules (except for Topics)
Macroeconomics and Public Economics basic module Macroeconomics & any 2 advanced modules (except for Topics)
Management and Applied Microeconomics basic module Microeconomics & any 2 advanced modules (except for Topics)
Financial Economics basic module Finance & any 2 advanced modules (except for Topics)
Econometrics and Statistics any 2 advanced modules (except for Topics)

Examination Regulation 2011: Research module examinations include

  • term papers (8-20 DIN A4 pages)
  • essays (2-10 DIN A4 pages)
  • presentations (15-30 minutes)
  • or a combination thereof

It is not possible to retake individual parts of the research module examination.

Examination Regulation 2017: Research module examinations include

  • 40% presentation
  • 60% term paper or essays.

All students participating in a research module have to

  • participate regularly (Regular attendance is deemed to have taken place if the student was present for at least 60% of the attendance time.)
  • participate actively (Active participation is deemed to exist if the student's oral participation is deemed sufficient by the lecturer in the overall view, e.g. through participation in a group work or preparation of a protocol.)
  • participate successfully (Participation is successful if the student takes part in performance assessments that are deemed sufficient overall by the lecturer.)

in the research module to be able to take the research module examination. The examiners will check whether the requirements are met and they can also make further specifications, e.g. whether all or only some of the criteria have to be met.

Two passed Topics Modules can be transferred into one Research Module. All Topics Modules listed for the study field Economic Research in the appendices for the Examination Regulations 2017 qualify.
Please note that a transfer of the Topics Modules to a Research Module is necessary.

Please contact the Examination Office by email as soon as there are two Topics Modules in your study account which you want to transfer into a Research Module. If you have passed more than two Topics Modules, please also state which of the two possible study fields the Research Module should have.

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