Master thesis

What are the requirements for starting the master thesis?

You can register your master thesis after acquiring at least 60 ECTS. For registering and submission you must be a matriculated student. You need to re-register for each new semester and pay the semester fees until you submit your thesis. Only after submission of your thesis you will be able to ex-matriculate. It is not allowed to be on a leave of absence during the processing time. Please refer to §19 and §20 (§17 an §18 Examination Regulation 2013) of the Examination Regulation.
The research topic should be discussed with your main supervisor in the format of a written research proposal. Once the supervisor has accepted your proposal, you need to register your master thesis at the examination office (SH*). A time period of 6 months will begin and you will need to submit your completed thesis within this time frame. The master thesis has to be submitted at the examination office (SH*).

*Stephan Herritsch

When do I start writing my Master Thesis?

You should start thinking about a subject as early as possible. Often, students develop ideas for their thesis during practical training or internships. After you registered your master thesis at the examination office (SH*), you start to write your master thesis. This will usually be in the fourth semester.

What is the process

Can I complete my Master Thesis before or in parallel to my internship?


While we expect that the majority of the students will identify their thesis topic during or after their internship, there is the possibility that a student identifies the topic before and independently from the internship project.

When do I need to submit my thesis idea?

The main requirement is that you need to have gained 60 CPs before you can submit your proposal. You also need to be sure about your research topic and have discussed it with your main examiner. Once the supervisor has accepted your thesis proposal and you have filled out the Master thesis registration form and submitted it to the Examination Office (SH*), a time period of 6 months will begin and you will need to submit your completed thesis within this time frame. Important: you need to re-register for each new semester and pay the semester fees* until you submit your thesis. Only after submission of your thesis you will be able to ex-matriculate.

*Stephan Herritsch

Who could be my examiners/supervisor?

There are two examiners for your master thesis.

The first examiner is your main supervisor. S/he could be either a lecturer from the Uni Bonn or UNU. You can find a list with possible examiners below. When you submit your thesis, the examination office allots the second examiner.

Examiners GIUB/Uni Bonn

  • Julia Verne
  • Mariele Evers
  • Klaus Greve
  • Detlef Müller-Mahn
  • Lothar Schrott
  • and Post-docs regularly teaching in the Master Programme


Examiners UNU

  • Matthias Garschagen
  • Zita Sebesvari
  • N.N.
  • Michael Hagenlocher
  • Yvonne Walz
  • Sönke Kreft
  • Michael Zissner
  • and Research Associates regularly teaching in the Masters Programme

 

A detailed list of all supervisors including their research areas and contact details can be found here.

 

Important Documents for the Master Thesis

They can be consulted online on the eCampus of Uni Bonn, in the Master GeoRisk folder: https://ecampus.uni-bonn.de/login (Password:MsGeoRisk) or you can find the documents at the GIUB Website.

Master Thesis Listing

This document presents all Master Thesis Topics that have been submitted within the Master’s Programme.

Submitting Master Thesis

Accoridng to §19 and §20 (§17 an §18 Examination Regulation 2013) Examination Regulation 2017 you have to submit two printed hard copies and one digital copy (USB / CD) at the Examination Office. Please note that it is also possible to submit your Master Thesis via postal way. In this case your submission date will be the date of the postal stemp. The Address of the Examination Office is:

Department of Geography
Examination Office Joint Master
Meckenheimer Allee 166
53115 Bonn
Germany

 

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