Master Thesis (DLMMTHE01)

Course No.:


Course Title:

Master Thesis

Hours Total:

540 h

Credit Points:


Course Type: Pflicht

Course Availability: WS, SS

Course Duration: 1 Semester

Admission Requirements:

See current study and exam regulations (SPO)

Course Coordinator / Instructor:

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References to Other Modules:

Please see module description

Course Description:

The aim of the master thesis is to effectively apply the knowledge acquired throughout the master course to an academic paper that has a thematic reference to the master program. The thesis can consist of an empirical study or theoretical research. The thesis is an independent piece of work, that, with the guidance of a supervisor, seeks to scientifically analyze and critically discuss a chosen issue, and suggest possible solutions. The chosen topic from the student’s area of specialization should demonstrate their acquired competence in the functional area, yet also enrich and round out the student’s scientific knowledge. This will optimally prepare the student for the needs of their future career path.

Course Objectives and Outcome:

The objective of this module is the completion of a written assignment, in line with scientific methodology, that demonstrates the student’s capabilities through independent investigation of a topic pertaining to the master program’s area of focus.

Teaching Methods:

While the students complete the thesis individually, guidance and feedback is provided through an academic supervisor.

Course Content:

The master thesis should clearly state the topic and research question, and should, through extensive research, reflect the current state of the field in question. The student should demonstrate their knowledge in the form of an independent and solution oriented paper, using theoretical and/or empirical norms.


• Bui, Y. N. (2013). How to Write a Master's Thesis. 2nd edition. SAGE Publications, Incorporated. ISBN: 978-1452203515
• Turabian, K. L. (2013). A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, theses, and dissertations. 8th edition. University of Chicago Press. ISBN: 978-0226816388
• Further subject specific literature

Prerequisites to Qualify for Assessment:



Written assessment: Master Thesis (approx. 60 A4 pages)

Two internal examiners will grade the thesis on the basis of an established grading rubric.

The grading criteria are as follows:
• Extent, structure and objective of the research question
• Structure and development of research
• Analysis of key sources and choice of theoretical framework
• Rationale, presentation and use of the scientific approach and chosen methodology
• Presentation, interpretation and discussion of the theoretical and/or empirical findings
• Originality, creativity and independence of the academic writing
• Citation and use of sources
• Adherence to academic writing standards (citations, list of references, list of figures and tables etc.)

Student Workload (in hours): 540

Research / Academic Writing: 540 h