Everything you need to know about your master’s thesis
Students are admitted to the master’s thesis if they have fulfilled the necessary requirements as stated in the examination guidelines.
MSc Economics (regular two-year version)
Students must have completed all three compulsory modules. Furthermore, students must have acquired at least 48 credit points from elective modules (8 out of 10 modules). The master’s thesis must be completed within 6 months after filing. It can be written in German or English. 30 credit points are granted for the successful completion of the master’s thesis.
MSc Economics (one-year version)
Students must have completed all three compulsory modules and two electives. The master’s thesis must be completed within 4 months after filing. It can be written in German or English. 18 credit points are granted for the successful completion of the master’s thesis.
Students may register for the master’s thesis earliest after having fulfilled the formal requirements for admission. After the successful completion of all modules, students should register within six weeks past the announcement of the last examination result.
To register, students use the form registration for master’s thesis [PDF]. Please submit the registration form and a scan of photo of your ID card/passport/residence permit to the responsible course and examination manager at our academic office by e-mail immediately after the supervisor has signed.
The course and examination manager will check whether the formal requirements for registration for the master's thesis have been fulfilled. The topic of the master's thesis and the submission deadline can be found in STiNE within a week after turning in the correct application form.
Note: After filing, students may change their topic only once, and only within the first two weeks of the writing period. Exceptions may be granted in extraordinary cases, upon request. If necessary, the examinations board may decide on the proposal. If the proposal has been decided positively, the newly agreed topic must be registered immediately; latest within four weeks after the original withdrawal.
Students discuss the topic of the master's thesis with their supervisor. It is strongly recommended to contact the supervisor as early as possible in order to agree on a topic. Please refer to the list of eligible supervisors [PDF]. Students have to contact the program coordinator at an early stage if they intend to write their master’s thesis with a supervisor who is not on the list of eligible supervisors for their master’s program. The suggested supervisor must be a professor at Universität Hamburg and is to be finally approved by the examinations board. The supervisor is also the first examiner of the master’s thesis.
The topic of the master’s thesis must be discussed with and agreed by the supervisor. It will be set out in writing on the registration form [PDF] and must be confirmed by the supervisor's signature. The writing period starts on the day, on which the supervisor signs the registration form.
Format of the Master's Thesis
The Master’s Thesis may be formatted as follows (unless indicated differently by the supervisor):
- Paper format A4
- Upper and lower margin 2cm
- Measure 15cm
- Left margin 4cm, right margin 2cm
- Line space 18Pt (1,5 space) for the text area
- Font size 10-14 Pt. Font: no Script, Symbol or similar
The cover may be designed individually. The following information must, however, be included:
- Title of the master’s thesis
- Student's name and address
- Student ID (matriculation no.)
- Study program
- Name of the examiner
- Date of submission as announced by the academic office.
The last page of the thesis must include a statement on the thesis' originality, which has to be signed in handwriting.
All internet sources must be documented as follows:
- Internet address, day and time of last access.
Digital forms (e.g. Screenshots or pdf-files) of the used internet sources must be added to the data storage medium.
For the two-year master’s program, students have to submit their master’s thesis after 6 months, whereas students in the one-year master’s program have only 4 months. Please mind that your writing period starts on the date, your supervisor has signed the registration form.
Requests for extension of the writing period must be submitted in writing to the chairperson of the examinations board immediately. Generally, a one-time extension of up to 3 weeks may be granted. Only in special cases this extension period might be prolonged. Students have to submit their request to to the academic office via e-mail.
In cases of illness, students have to immediately submit a qualified medical certificate to the academic office. Unlike the other examinations a certificate of incapacity of work is not sufficient. Please use the form ‘Formular für den Nachweis der Prüfungsunfähigkeit (Abschlussarbeit)’ (PDF). Alternatively, the doctor can write a letter in which the severity of the symptoms regarding the ability of writing the master’s thesis is described. The ill student has to hand in the qualified medical certificate to the responsible course and examination manager within seven days via e-mail.
If an extension has been granted, the academic office informs the student about the renewed deadline for submission via STiNE. Please check your STiNE account.
The submission of the master's thesis is a two-step process:
- The master's thesis must be submitted in digital form (file form: PDF) to the responsible course and examination manager of the academic office no later than 11:59 pm on the deadline date. The signed declaration is to be included either as a separate mail attachment or as the last page of the digital thesis. An early submission is possible after prior agreement with the responsible course and examination manager.
- A paper copy and suitable electronic storage medium, such as a USB stick, must be submitted to the academic office afterwards. The paper copy must be bound together (no ring binding, stapling or similar). The digital version of the master’s thesis as well as additional sources, if applicable, must be stored on the storage medium. Submission can be carried out during our opening hours. For submission outside the opening hours, the large mailbox in front of the entrance of the academic office can be used. Alternatively, it is also possible to send it by post to the following address:
Fakultät für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften
The final documents will only be provided if our academic office has received the bound paper copy including the storage medium.
Delayed submission may lead to failure of the master’s thesis, if the candidate can be held responsible (examination guidelines §16) [German].
If the master’s thesis has been graded „insufficient“(5,0), it can be repeated once. The candidate must apply for a second trial, latest six weeks after the examination result has been published.
If you have any questions regarding the registration of your master's thesis, please feel free to contact us.