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Research Modules

Allocation Process


Allocation Process First Research Module

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.

Allocation Process Second Research Module (Application in Reasoned Exceptional Cases Only)

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).

Please be sure to do 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 processs 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 (2017 and 2011) specify the following entry requirements for the research modules: 

  • having passed the corresponding basic module
  • having passed any two advanced modules.


Research Module in

Prerequisite for Exam Registration

Microeconomic Theory

basic module Microeconomics & any 2  advanced modules (but no Topics)

Macroeconomics and Public Economics

basic module Macroeconomics & any 2 advanced modules (but no Topics)

Management and Applied Microeconomics

basic module Microeconomics & any 2 advanced modules (but no Topics)

Financial Economics

basic module Finance & any 2 advanced modules (but no Topics)

Econometrics and Statistics

any 2 advanced modules (but no Topics)



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.


Requirements for Participating in Research Module Examinations

All students participating for the first time in a research module have to

  • participate regularly
  • participate actively
  • participate successfully

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.

The Examination Committee has defined the requirements as follows:

Regular Participation

If students have been present for at least 60% of the classes, this counts as having participated regularly.

Active Participation

If examiners view students' oral participation in class, e.g. by participating in group projects or writing a protocol as overall sufficient, this counts as having participated actively.

Successful Participation

If examiners view the performance of students' participation as overall sufficient, this counts as having participated successfully.

Topics Modules as Research Modules

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 both  Examination Regulations 2011 and 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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