Everything you need to know about your master’s thesis
Students may register for the master’s thesis earliest after having fulfilled the formal requirements for admission and latest within two semesters after the end of the regular period of studies (Regelstudienzeit). Students enrolled under the examination regulations of WS2010/11 must register within six weeks past the successful completion of all modules,i.e. past the announcement of the last examination result.
To register, students use the form registration for master’s thesis [PDF]. This form can be obtained in hard copy from the academic office (Studienbüro). The registration form is to be submitted to the examinations officer of the economics team.
The examinations officer will check whether the formal requirements for registration for the master's thesis have been fulfilled and, by the end of the registration process, will inform students about the confirmed topic, writing period and deadline for submission of the thesis.
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 board of examiners 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 may suggest a supervisor [PDF] for their master’s thesis. The suggested supervisor is to be finally approved by the board of examiners. The supervisor must be a professor at the University of Hamburg. Students should contact the program coordinator if they are not sure, whether a specific university lecturer would be allowed to supervise their master's thesis.
The topic of the master’s thesis must be discussed with and agreed by the assigned supervisor. It will be set out in writing on the registration form [PDF] and must be confirmed by the supervisor with his/her signature.
Format of the Master's Thesis
The master’s thesis has to be bound in one item (no stitch or ring binding). It must be submitted in three hard copies each with one data storage medium.
The Master’s Thesis may be formatted as follows (unless indicated differently by the supervising tutor):
- 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 first page of the thesis is to be blank.
The cover may be designed individually. The following information must, however, be included:
- Title of the master’s thesis
- Candidate's name and address
- Student ID (matriculation no.)
- Study program
- Name of the supervisor
- 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.
Students have 6 months time to submit their master’s thesis.
Requests for extension of the writing period must be submitted in writing to the chair of the board of examiners immediately. Generally, a one-time extension of up to 3 weeks may be granted. Only in special cases this extension period might be prolonged. Candidates have to submit their request to the program director in writing and with detailed explaination.
In cases of illness, the candidate has to immediately submit a qualified medical certificate [PDF] to the academic office. The qualified medical certificate must reach the academic office latest 5 days after it has been issued.
Delayed submission may lead to failure of the master’s thesis, if the candidate can be held responsible (examination guidelines §16). In case of postal submission the postmark counts as date of submission.
Please mind that your writing period starts on the date, your supervisor has signed the registration form.
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.