The School of Business and Economics strives for good matches between students and supervisors of Master theses. A good match usually requires that the student has attended field courses dealing with theoretical models and/or empirical methods relevant for the research question to be addressed in the Master thesis. At the point where you still have the choice of which field courses to attend, you should therefore think ahead and choose field courses that are likely to be helpful for your Master thesis. At this point, you may not have a specific idea regarding the topic of your Master thesis. But when it comes to finding a topic and supervisor for your thesis, you are well advised aiming for a topic for which the courses you have chosen are helpful.
As regards potential supervision by members of our Chair, please note that good matches would seem likely for theoretical as well as empirical topics in the following areas: International trade (determinants, effects, trade policy, gravity), global production networks (offshoring, global value chains), foreign direct investment (multinational enterprises), international migration (determinants, effects) and economic geography. A focus on European economic integration is possible/welcome. You can find brief descriptions of several research areas that should be helpful in sorting out possible topics in this announcement.
The School of Business and Economics runs a common mechanism for Master thesis registration aiming at good matches in line with student preferences. If you want to write your Master thesis with us in the coming semester, please fill out the following short survey on ILIAS and state our chair as your first preference. The survey asks about which modules you have already taken, your grades and the work unit (chair) you would like to be supervised by.
Link to ILIAS survey:
Filling out the survey only takes about 5 minutes, but please be careful as you cannot change your answers once you have provided them.
Please make sure you have your transcript of your Bachelor degree ready as you will need to upload this along with your current transcript to complete your registration. Please upload your current transcript as is, even if it is blank.
All of the information you provide will, of course, be treated confidentially. Only the conductor of the survey and the academic staff will have access to your information.
Subsequent to your registration, we will have a close look at your application, see if we can supervise your Master thesis, and get back to you in due course.
Note that you need to have earned a minimum of 30 ECTS in your M.Sc. degree in order to register for the Master thesis.
The next registration survey for Master theses will be initiated via email to students at around mid-term; see here.