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Master's Thesis

The timespan in which the Master's thesis has to be completed is 12 months.

The total workload for the preparation of the Master's Thesis amounts to approximately 900 hours and is rated with 30 CP. Typically, you will start your master thesis at the end of the second semester.

Please note: If you want to apply at BIGS for a PhD position, the beginning of the third master term is the right time to inform yourself about the application process at


The registration form contains the topic for the Master's Thesis and has to be signed by the Master's Thesis supervisor. The submission deadline is set as 12 months after the date of the supervisor's signature.

Please note that the Master's Thesis needs to be registered without delay after the topic has been fixed. The registration form is to be handed in at the Bachelor-Master Office within four weeks after the supervisor has signed it.


The language of the Master's study program is English. If you wish to write your Master's thesis in German then please

  • ask your advisor for his/her approval
  • include a summary of your thesis in English.

Please turn in your Master's Thesis at the Bachelor-Master Office in paper form (electronic submission will not be accepted)

  • in four copies
    The examination regulations mention three copies but we kindly ask you to hand in a fourth which will be available for future reference in our library. Thank you!
  • printed on DIN A4, double-sided,
  • with front page and
  • with adhesive binding (no spiral binding, please!).
  • If programming code or the like is part of the thesis then each copy of the thesis needs to include the code on a compact disk. So in this case please submit four CDs  (no sticks please, and no sending by e-mail).

Upon submission a declaration has to be made that the Master's Thesis was composed independently, that no resources other than the declared ones have been used, and that citations are indicated clearly.

The Master's Thesis is graded by two examiners. The supervisor is one of the examiners. You have to recommend a second examiner at the time you submit your thesis. That means: you are responsible for finding a second examiner and have to provide the name on the title page of your master thesis (see template for the title page). Upon request, your supervisor can help you to find a second advisor.

Please note also that the number of pages for the text part of your Master's Thesis has to be between 10 and 100. In case you wish to deviate from this you will need the agreement of the examination board. Please make sure that both your examiners have no objections and then direct your request to the Bachelor-Master-office via e-mail.

Normally you will be informed of your Master's Thesis' grade within eight weeks after submission.

Template for the title page

Please use the following template for the title page of your Master's Thesis (LaTeX).


The deadline for submitting the Master's Thesis is strict. If you hand in your Master's Thesis after the deadline it will be failed.

Please note that you are yourself responsible for meeting the deadline! Your advisor will not necessarily be aware of it nor will he/she be able to extend it for you since this regulation has been fixed by the examination board.

Important: If you plan to take up a PhD study or if you wish to leave Bonn University at the end of a certain semester you should make sure that you hand in your Master's Thesis early enough!

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