Post Graduate

Master Thesis & Kolloquium

level of course unit


Learning outcomes of course unit

The participations are able to:
• independently prepare and elaborate a subject-specific topic as well as review and apply it using scientific methods
• carry out complex scientific research projects
• apply scientific and research methods
• apply the basics of scientific work
• present scientific facts
• critically question scientific findings
• independently write an academic paper at the level of a Master Thesis

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course contents

Students must independently complete a Master thesis of 20 ECTS = 500 h. Regular meetings to discuss the current status and progress of the Master thesis with the accompanying academic supervision serve as support.

In the context of a colloquium with the scope of 2 ECTS = 50h, the following course contents are dealt with:
• independent development and elaboration of an interdisciplinary topic
• finding and justifying the methodology
• content-related and organizational help for the preparation of the Master's thesis
• presenting and defending academic papers
• leading discussions about academic papers

Master Thesis: 20 ECTS
Final examination: 2 ECTS
Colloquium for the Master Thesis: 2 ECTS

recommended or required reading

Ebster, C./ Stalzer, L. (2013) Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftler
Schütz, M./Röbken, H. (2016) Bachelor- und Masterarbeiten verfassen: Abschlussarbeiten in Organisationen
Theisen, M. R./ Theisen, M. (2017) Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten: Erfolgreich bei Bachelor- und Masterarbeit
Sandberg, B. (2017) Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten von Abbildung bis Zitat: Lehr- und Übungsbuch für Bachelor, Master und Promotion

assessment methods and criteria

Master thesis

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Coaching within the scope of the Master Thesis preparation

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integrated lecture

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