With the Master's thesis you have an extensive scientific thesis ahead of you, which makes up a considerable part of your course work in the Master of Education training program. A wise choice of topic and method for the thesis will not only enable you to engage with your chosen focus in a motivated manner. It also gives you the opportunity to achieve an important milestone on your journey towards professionalization in the teaching profession. You can draw inspiration from particularly successful papers from previous semesters (see here).
For your work, you should follow these basic guidelines:
„The Master's thesis is an application-oriented written or artistic/practical examination with which the candidate is to demonstrate that he/she is able to independently work on a problem from the areas of learning covered in the training program within a specified period of time using scientific methods and to present the results in an appropriate manner.“ (MEd-PO-R § 2 (6))
The examination regulations give candidates the opportunity to propose the topic of their Master's thesis and two reviewers to the examination board. This is done with the application for the issue of a topic.
The application for the issue of a topic for the Master's thesis should be preceded by consultations with the proposed reviewers. Since the first reviewer is usually also responsible for supervising the thesis, the greatest need for coordination exists with this person. He/she can give advice on the feasibility of the chosen topic and research question as well as impulses on the focus of the thesis and draw attention to relevant literature. In order to avoid problems in the course of the processing time, we recommend at least one detailed discussion with each of the reviewers before applying for a topic.
Step 2: Adhere to deadlines
The application can only be submitted on set deadlines. The application is done in the ESE online system.
There you use the provided digital form (tab "Masterarbeit"). After logging into the online system, you can edit this form at any time before submission and save the intermediate status.
If you want to write the master's thesis in the subjects German , Mathematics or Social Studies and Science (Grundschule), you also have to meet internal deadlines, which can be found on the pages of the respective departments.
Step 3: Submit application digitally
Once you have sufficiently discussed your topic with the reviewers and have finalized a title for the paper, please submit your digital proposal by the deadline using the "Antrag einreichen" (submit proposal) button in the ESE online system. Important: Your proposal is considered incomplete until we have received a paper form with the reviewers' signatures and your own signature. Please sign with a blue pen if possible.
Step 4: Submit application with signatures
SUBMISSION BY MAIL
Finally, print the form and have it signed by the reviewers. Now sign it yourself and submit it in person to the ESE office or by mail to the ESE. The submission deadline is 7 days after the last submission deadline for the digital form.
Along with your application, please also submit a current enrollment certificate (printout from E.L.V.I.S.).
Signed applications for the issue of topics for master's theses are also accepted digitally. Please note the following for digital copies:
- Only fully signed applications (signature reviewer* 1 and 2, signature student*) will be accepted.
- A scanned or digitally drawn PDF document is best suited. Please refrain from sending image files or photographs that are difficult to read.
- Students are responsible for submitting applications via email. Please do not leave the forwarding to the reviewers. Any delays resulting from this will not be excused.