The fourth semester is primarily designated for writing a Master's thesis. Master's thesis shall provide evidence that a student is capable of conducting scholarly work independently. The Master's thesis consists of a written section (Thesis) and an oral presentation (Defense).
Both parts of the module must be evaluated by two examiners. If the written part is evaluated at least with the grade “satisfactory”, the author needs to defend the main arguments, results and methods in front of the examiners during the colloquium. The date is to be determined by the examiners.
Thesis module contains 24 credit points.
In order to apply for Master's thesis, you first have to successfully complete all six of eight core modules. The thesis topic must be registered no later than one month after completion of the last module examination (excluding thesis-module), otherwise it will be considered as failed.
Please use the "Application for admission to the Master Thesis" form in order to apply for approval to write your thesis and submit it to the Examination Office.
Supervision and Topic
The topic of the Master's thesis must have reference to one of the core or profile modules taken. The candidate has the opportunity to suggest the topic. It is possible to choose as a first supervisor any professor from courses of study, not only from Faculty 09. The second supervisor can be found by yourself or recommended from your first supervisor.
A candidate may withdraw from a thesis topic within 8 weeks after the beginning of the time specified for completion. After the candidate has withdrawn from a topic, a new topic has to be announced. The candidate may not withdraw from completion of the latter.
On request, the chairman of the Board of examiners ensures that the candidate obtains a topic within one month.
When to start?
It is advisable to start selecting a topic for the Master's thesis as soon as possible. We advice to start writing thesis in the fourth semester. Many students, however, already start writing their thesis in the second or third semester.
The Master's thesis must be written in English. The period in which it is produced must not exceed six months. Three copies of the written thesis must be submitted to the first supervisor within the provided timeframe.
The thesis must contain a written and signed (by a student) declaration which states that your Master Thesis was produced independently and only those sources and aids that are featured in its bibliography were consulted.
During defense the student shall present the results of the thesis (presentation 15 minutes) and then discuss these with first and second supervisors. The colloquium must be held no later than 6 weeks after the Master's thesis has been submitted. Colloquium can last between 30 and 45 minutes in total. The date is determined by examiners.
The final grade of the Master’s thesis is made up of the both parts of the module. Thereby, the thesis grade is weighted by a factor of three (75%) and the oral presentation grade by the factor of one (25%). If the resulting grade is not in the range of grades, it is rounded in the direction of the grade given by the first examiner. Grading of the thesis and the oral presentation occurs in consultation with reviewer/examiner.
Extension of the Master Thesis
In some extraordinary cases it is possible to extent the time for writing of Master thesis.