Master's Thesis


The Master's thesis can be started if at least 55 credit points, called CP for short, have been acquired over the course of studies so far. CP from the following count:

  • Module Geographical Methods 3
  • two modules in the compulsory elective field
  • one module in the advanced compulsory elective field
  • minor subjects; at least 20 CP

The topic can be selected from given offers of the individual teaching units, from a consultation with the supervisor and/or from the personal initiative of the student.

The processing time begins on the day on which the supervisor records the assignment of the topic on the form.

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,
  • 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.

Further details that must be taken into account when writing the Master's thesis, can be found in the currently valid examination regulations. Please also note the general RWTH information.

The Master's thesis has to be submitted in duplicate, typed, bound and paginated to the ZPA. The Master's thesis will remain with the supervisor for a period of 5 years for archiving.