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Course Catalog and Choice

Course Catalog

The course catalog is published online at the end of May for the following fall semester, and at the end of November for the following spring semester. If you would like to get an idea of the courses we offer, you can view our course catalog for the current semester and the previous semesters. The courses change from year to year but you can still get a general idea of our program.

Types of courses in the master’s program in Economics

Lectures: These classes are usually led by professors and provide students with background information about a subject in order to explain long-term developments and complex ideas or theories. They usually provide a basic framework for further study.

Exercise Courses: During these courses, which are led by professors or teaching assistants, the material from lectures or other relevant literature is discussed, and systematic knowledge and skills are developed both theoretically and practically. Often the material from the lectures is expanded upon and reviewed in depth.

Seminars: Students are encouraged to actively participate in seminars by getting involved in discussions and giving oral presentations, which normally last between ten and 40 minutes and provide students with an opportunity to gain experience in presenting a general or more specialized academic topic. Usually, students have to write an essay and present the results in the seminar. Instead of being held on a weekly basis during the semester, seminars can also be taught as a block course lasting one or two whole days.


Course Choice

As an exchange student in the master's program at the Department of Economics, you can choose your courses freely from the elective modules available at the department, as long as you fulfill the prerequisites for each course.
If you are an exchange student in a master's program at another department at the University of Mannheim and would like to take courses from the master’s program in Economics, please contact the exchange coordinator for the Economics program to check your eligibility.

General regulations:

Courses for the master’s program in Economics are restricted to master's students. Students of a bachelor’s program have to take courses at bachelor’s level.

The core modules (E601-E603 and E700-E703) are not open to exchange students.

To discuss your course choice, please contact the exchange coordinator (see above). Please also submit your Learning Agreement, which is required for all Erasmus exchanges, to the exchange coordinator before the semester begins.

Course Registration


Registration for lectures takes place in Portal2. Please navigate to My Portal² > My Degree Planner and register for the lectures you would like to attend. The registration period for lectures in fall 2018 begins on 13 August and ends on 17 September 2018. During this time you can register and deregister from any lecture on your own accord. A manual for course registrations can be found in Portal2 > User Manuals > For Students. Please note that elective modules offered by other departments may require a different registration procedure. For more information please check the Courses and Course Regulation section. Courses in the core module are not open for incoming students.


To enroll in a seminar in fall 2018, please send your registration by emailto econgrad(at) within the registration period, which begins on 13 August and ends on 26 August 2018. If the actual number of participants after the organizational meeting is too high, a “first-come, first-served” rule will be employed or the responsible teacher will select the students according to specific criteria.