level of course unit
Learning outcomes of course unit
Students learn how to properly perform their independently developed scientific research within the context of the master thesis and portray it in written form in a comprehensive scientific paper.
prerequisites and co-requisites
The master thesis topic is selected from the topical range of the study program. The developed problem area is prepared based on an academic paper – this, of course, is done independently and without the help of others (stating sources and means). This modus operandi ensures that students are able to work on a problem in a scientific and application-oriented manner. Students are to independently search for topics and develop an out-line and time schedule – first and foremost by critically examining possible problems and hypotheses. The supervisor guides the student as scientific methodology, formal design and time management are discussed within the context of individual coaching.
recommended or required reading
- Atteslander, P. (2010) Methoden der empirischen Sozialforschung. 13. Auflage, Erich Schmidt Verlag, Berlin (ISBN: 978-3-503-12618-7).
- Eco, U. (2010) Wie man eine wissenschaftliche Abschlussarbeit schreibt. 13. Auflage, UTB, Stuttgart (ISBN: 978-3825215125).
assessment methods and criteria
language of instruction
German or English
number of ECTS credits allocated
planned learning activities and teaching methods
semester/trimester when the course unit is delivered
name of lecturer(s)
Head of studies
year of study
recommended optional program components
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type of course unit
mode of delivery
Writing a master thesis