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 should still be able to get a general idea of our program.

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 (bachelor's and master's program) available at the department, as long as you fulfill the prerequisites for each course.
  • If you are an exchange student in a 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 of the master’s program in Economics are restricted to master's students. Students of bachelor’s programs have to take courses at bachelor’s level. Exceptions may be granted on a case by case basis.
  • The core modules (E601–603 and E700–703) 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. The registration period for lectures in spring 2024 begins on 15 January and ends on 11 February. During this time you can register and deregister from lectures on your own accord. Afterwards, please contact Sebastian Herdtweck in order to change the registrations. 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. In case of doubts please contact program manager.


From 29 January to 2 February digital information sessions will take place (schedule). During or shortly afterwards you should decide about attending the course. The registration period for seminars in spring 2024 begins on 1 February and ends on 7 February. Please send a list of seminars you are interested in to Please do not forget to mention your full name and student ID.

Additional information for exchange students from other departments

Please note that you can apply for a seat in any of the elective modules available at the department as long as you fulfill the prerequisites. Please contact Mr Sebastian Herdtweck in order to discuss your eligibility.Core modules (E601–603) are not open to exchange students.

Additional information

  • Types of courses

    Types of courses in the master’s program in Economics


    Lectures and exercises:

    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. Lectures are often accompagnied by exercise classes in which systematic knowledge and skills are developed both theoretically and practically. Often the material from the lectures is reviewed and expanded upon or other relevant literature is discussed.


    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.

  • Examinations

    Examination dates

    Usually, written exams take place at the end of the semester, during the examination period. Other types of exams, like presentations, papers or other assignments can take place during the semester. Some elective modules might also have midterm exams.

    Exam registration

    You will have to register for your exams within an official registration period in Portal2. You will receive your credentials upon enrolment. The dates of the registration periods get announced on the website of the Student Services. Please note that you also have to register for examinations in courses that have no written exam, such as seminars, but assignments, a presentation or a paper to hand in.