Area Accounting, Taxation and Public Finance


The area’s main focus is on the topics Business Taxation, Accounting, and Public Finance.

Business Taxation is concerned about the impact of taxation on the company’s decision making process. In particular, it equips company executives with the tools to evaluate business transactions under the consideration of taxes, to adapt behavior as a consequence of the evaluation, and to develop alternatives for achieving the company’s goals. In order to understand the impact of taxation, students need fundamental knowledge about tax law. The main focus of the topic is, however, the application of this knowledge in terms of tax planning and the economic analysis of the impact of taxes.

Accounting captures all systems that record information about company performance to internal and external users. Thereby, the disclosed information enables external users to evaluate the management’s use of resources (stewardship) and the future prospects of residual claims against the company. Internal users assess the current state of business and formulate strategies based on the documented information. Students learn in this context the rules and valuation methods to fulfill these purposes of accounting information and analyze the underlying economic concepts.

Public finance addresses an economy’s state budget. Main topics include public debt, international taxation and currency unions. A lecture on tax procedure and tax dispute law is also provided.


CategoryCredit points (ECTS)
Compulsory modules10
Elective modules (without seminars)35
Elective module (seminar)5


CategoryCredit points (ECTS)
Elective modules20


The modules have to be taken in semesters 1-3. Since all the elective module offers are prospective, changes are possible.

Compulsory modules Major / Elective modules Minor

Module / CourseLanguageSemesterExamination formCP (ECTS)
Data AnalyticsGerman / EnglishWinter and summerWritten Examination 60 min5Labour Economics
Analytical Accounting GermanWinterWritten Examination 60 min5Managerial Accounting

Elective modules (without seminars) Major / Elective modules Minor

Module / CourseLanguageSemesterCP (ECTS)Institute
Personnel EconomicsEnglishSummer5Labour Economics
Corporate and Individual Tax PlanningEnglishWinter210Business Taxation
International Tax PlanningEnglishSummer5Business Taxation
Steuerliche Fallstudien zu Mergers & AcquisitionsGermanSummer5Business Taxation
Tax Accounting - Latente Steuern im Konzern nach HGB und IFRSGermanWinter5Business Taxation
UmsatzsteuerGermanWinter5Business Taxation
Unternehmensbesteuerung: ErtragsteuernGermanWinter5Business Taxation
Unternehmenskauf und UmwandlungGermanWinter15Business Taxation
ControllingGermanSummer5Managerial Accounting
Controlling und Wertschöpfungskette / Controlling and Value Generation ChainGerman/ EnglishWinter2 and summer35Managerial Accounting
Dezentrale UnternehmenssteuerungGermanWinter5Managerial Accounting
Koordination und AnreizeGermanSummer5Managerial Accounting
Kostenanalyse German Winter5 Managerial Accounting
Deutsche Finanzgeschichte des 20. JahrhundertsGermanSummer5Public Finance
Internationale BesteuerungGermanWinter25Public Finance
StaatsverschuldungGermanSummer5Public Finance
SteuerverfahrensrechtGermanWinter25Public Finance
WährungsunionenGerman irregular5Public Finance
Bewertungsmethoden in der RechnungslegungGermanSummer5Accounting and Auditing
Bilanzanalyse und UnternehmensbewertungGermanirregular10Accounting and Auditing
International AccountingGermanWinter5Accounting and Auditing
JahresabschlussprüfungGermanWinter5Accounting and Auditing
KonzernabschlussGerman irregular5Accounting and Auditing
Unternehmenssteuerung und Corporate GovernanceGermanSummer5Accounting and Auditing
Rechnungslegung für VersicherungsunternehmenGerman irregular5 Versicherungsbetriebslehre

1 First in winter term 21/22
2 Cancelled in winter term 20/21
3 Cancelled in summer term 2020



Elective modules (seminars) Major / Elective modules Minor

Examination form: Seminar Paper

Module / CourseLanguageSemesterCP (ECTS)Institute
Fallstudienseminar Internationale UnternehmensbesteuerungGermanWinter5 Business Taxation
Seminar zur Betriebswirtschaftlichen SteuerlehreGermanWinter5

Business Taxation

Seminar zur aktuellen Rechtsprechung des Bundesfinanzhofs German Summer15 Business Taxation
Seminar im Controlling German Summer5 Managerial Accounting
Seminar Internationales Management in Kooperation mit der Continental AG German Summer 5 Managerial Accounting
Seminar Topics in Corporate GovernanceEnglishSummer5 Managerial Accounting
Seminar zur Unternehmensrechnung German Winter 5 Managerial Accounting
Master-Seminar zu Rechnungslegung und WirtschaftsprüfungGermanWinter5 Accounting and Auditing
Seminar zur Finanzberichterstattung in Industrieunternehmen German SoSe5 Accounting and Auditing
Seminar zur internationalen RechnungslegungGermanSummer5 Accounting and Auditing

1 Cancelled in summer 2020


  • Optional courses and seminars on actual topics and methods in current research that prepare for studying at Ph.D. level.
  • Seminars on actual topics joint with practitioners
  • Lectures and seminars offered by associate lecturers with practical background


  • Interest in the financial sphere of firms, administrations, and other public entities
  • Affinity to economic analysis on the basis of game or agency theory
  • Affinity to the interpretation of tax law, commercial law, and accounting standards


    • Tax consultancy and audit
    • Business consultancy
    • Accounting in firms and administrations
    • Tax departments of large companies and multinational enterprises
    • Public agencies and national associations