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Master's Thesis (30 ECTS)

For the successful completion of the Master's in Public Economics, students must write an independent Master’s thesis. The thesis can be completed within a 23 week period.

Usually, the Master’s thesis is at the end of your studies. However, you may also start your Master’s thesis before your final semester under certain circumstances. For this, you are obligated to complete at least 60 ECTS and one economic seminar (12 ECTS elective).

Once the requirements for the enrolment of a Master’s thesis are fulfilled, students must then find an appropriate research topic. The topic assignment is carried out independently by a professor of your choosing.

In an ideal scenario, you may already have an idea for an exciting topic, which you would like to develop with a potential advisor. If your advisor agrees to the topic, you may enroll your Master’s thesis at the Prüfungsbüro.

Many professors also publish lists with topics of interest, to which you can apply. Professors often have additional requirements for students wishing to write their Master’s thesis with them. Students should therefore inform themselves in advance.

Should you not be able to find an advisor, you may enroll your Master’s thesis at the Prüfungsbüro by giving your preferred advisors. You will then be assigned an advisor.

Regardless of which way you choose, the enrollment of your Master’s thesis is guaranteed.

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