The Master's thesis can be started if at least 65 credit points, called CP for short, have been acquired over the course of studies so far. CP from the following count:
- Methods Module
- two modules in the compulsory elective field
- one module in the advanced compulsory elective field
- minor subjects; at least 20 CP as well as points obtained by completing an
Please get the corresponding form from the Central Examination Office, called ZPA for short. In this context, the ZPA form attests that you meet the requirements for the Master's thesis. Please provide the ZPA with proof of any credit points you have already obtained, if these are not yet recorded in the digital system and are required to reach the minimum sum of 65 CP.
Afterwards, you need to come to an agreement on the subject of the Master's thesis with the supervisor. For this purpose, it is usually necessary to visit your supervisor during designated office hours.
The completed form – that is the top portion filled in and signed by both the student and the supervisor – must then be returned to the ZPA immediately, where the remaining entries in the table in the middle section are made. The form remains at the ZPA until the thesis has been completed. The student, however, does receive a copy. The time period allowed for completing the thesis will begin on the day the supervisor enters the topic of the thesis on the form, by which the registration officially goes on file.
The Master's thesis is usually written in German. The candidate may apply to write the thesis in a language other than German. Approval needs to be obtained from the chairperson of the examination board.
The scope of the Master's thesis should not exceed 80 pages or 160,000 keystrokes without attachments. It must be completed within a time frame of 6 months.
The thesis must include
- a title page,
- a table of contents and
- a list of sources and bibliographies. References to the works of others, either in exactly reproduced wording or in meaning must be identified by stating the source of the citation.
The candidate needs to attach to the thesis a declaration of authorship that confirms that she or he has completed the work on their own and has not used sources other than those specified. In addition to accounting for all citations of text, the statement must also apply to any references to tables, sketches, drawings, and other images.
The Master's thesis has to be submitted in duplicate, typed, bound and paginated to the ZPA. The ZPA will confirm the submission of the dissertation. The Master's thesis and the registration form are then transferred to the supervisor. After entering the grade, the supervisor will forward the form to the ZPA along with the written evaluation. The Master's thesis will remain with the supervisor for at least a period of 5 years for archiving.