The curriculum of the Elite Graduate Program “Finance & Information Management” (FIM) is composed of six different sections. In the beginning the “Individual Study” offers a range of obligatory introduction courses. In "Core Courses" the students get advanced knowledge in the main fields of FIM followed by an “Individual Research” project. Within the "Elective Courses" and "Soft Skill Trainings" the students develop their individual interdisciplinary profile and then complete their study program with a "Master’s Thesis".
Below you will find a short overview of the structure of the Elite Graduate Program “Finance & Information Management” (FIM).
To obtain further information about the courses you can have a look in the handbook of modules here or read the module descriptions by following the links in the schedule below.
The 1st semester: Individual Study and Core Courses
The curriculum starts with the "Individual Study". It offers a range of obligatory introduction courses to provide a basis for the continuing study.
- Business & Information Systems Engineering
- Capital Investment & Finance
- Introduction in Computer Science
- Introduction in Finance, Operations & Information Management
- Operations Research
- Stochastic Processes
- Value Based Process Management
During the 1st and 2nd semesters, core courses are taught that deepen the students’ methodological and technical skills in all relevant aspects of FIM. Within these Core Courses the students take nine out of the eleven following courses:
- Continuous Time Finance
- Corporate Finance
- Decision Support Systems
- Discrete Time Finance
- Financial Engineering and Structured Finance
- Information & Knowledge Management
- Energy Business in Times of Digitalization
- Pricing & Revenue Management
- Value-Based Customer Relationship and Business Process Management
- Value Based Management - Lecture
- Value Based Management - Seminar
The 2nd semester: Core Courses and Individual Research
Within the "Individual Research" Project, the students work on an academic research paper project, do a practical project with a business partner or both.
The 3rd semester: Elective Courses
The elective courses of the 3rd semester are categorized into the five FIM-areas: Financial Management, Business & Information Systems Engineering, Operations Management & Markets, Quantitative Finance and Energy & Resource Management. Besides attending courses out of all majors - to ensure a broad qualification within the areas of the whole program - the students select one major out of these fields as their focus. A total of 32 credit points (in general a course corresponds to 4 credit points) have to be obtained with the majority of credits being scored within the students’ individual major.
- Advanced Seminar in Finance & Accounting
- Advanced Topics in Finance - Seminar
- Analysis and Valuation - Corporate Planning and Analysis
- Applied Capital Markets
- Asset Management
- Auction Theory & Market Design
- Business & Information Systems Engineering - Seminar
- Commodity Risk Management
- Credit Derivatives
- Data Analytics
- Decision Optimization
- Designing Management Support Systems
- Empirical Corporate Finance
- Financial Econometrics
- Financial Engineering with Copulas
- Fixed Income Markets
- International Accounting Advanced I
- Internet-based Information Systems
- Investment Funds
- Investment Risk Management and Trading Seminar
- Investment Strategies
- IT Due Diligence & IT Audit
- Management of Digital Transformation and Disruption
- Portfolio Analysis
- Pricing & Analytics - Seminar
- Quantitative Methods in Finance
- Quantitative Risk Management
- Reference models for financial service institutions
- Research Foundations and Methods for Information Systems Research
- Stochastic Analysis
Please note that the number of ECTS credit points awarded as academic performance within FIM might differ from the number quoted in these module descriptions.
The 4th semester: Master's Thesis
During the 4th semester, the students prepare their master's thesis with a professional partner, within a research project or both.
Different courses from all fields guarantee a high level of scientific skills and simultaneously soft skill training and an interdisciplinary education being essential for a today’s management career. Representative contents of some typical lectures are for example “Empirical Corporate Finance”, “Business & Information Systems Engineering”, “Customer Relationship & Revenue Management”, “Investment Risk Management” or “Materials Resource Strategy”. In between the semesters the students do internships and attend particularly designed soft skill courses and summer schools where especially interdisciplinary education is emphasized. Furthermore, a social project is an integrated part of the curriculum as well as workshops with our business partners.