Everything you need to know for 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.
Students in MSc Politics, Economics and Philosophy must have acquired at least 72 credit points, with at least 12 credit points obtained in an interdisciplinary seminar. The master’s thesis must be completed within 6 months after filing. It must be written in English. 30 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 to the responsible examinations officer( andrea.gnaida"AT"uni-hamburg.de) at our academic office by e-mail immediately after the first examiner has signed.
The examination officer will check whether the formal requirements for registration for the master's thesis have been fulfilled. Students will be informed about the confirmed topic, writing period and deadline for submission of the thesis via STiNE.
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 Universität 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 examiner. It will be set out in writing on the registration form [PDF] and must be confirmed by the examiner`s signature. The writing period starts on the day, on which the examiner signs the registration form.
Format of the Master`s Thesis
The Master’s Thesis may be formatted as follows (unless indicated differently be 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 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.
Students have 6 months time to submit their master’s thesis. 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 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. 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 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 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 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 may 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 the Studienbüro 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.