3604564: Research Project Thesis

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Semester:WS 13/14
Lektionen / Semester:20.0 L / 15.0 h
Selbststudium:825.0 h



Masterstudium Banking and Financial Management (01.10.2008)


  • Identification of a research problem and development of a research question
  • Thematic formulation of a problem and development of a solution through application of scientific methods.
  • Independence in handling the research problem throughout the assessment and discussions with the advisor on methodological and content issues in solving a research question.
  • Completion of a comprehensive assignment where the students deal with a theoretical and practice-oriented problem in their area of specialisation by drawing on scientific work methods.


The students have gained a broad and well-grounded knowledge in their specialised area and are able to independently increase that knowledge to the current level of research. They are able to collect, evaluate data and make judgments relating to relevant information even when the decisively relevant information is only partially available. In doing so, they independently apply the relevant research and investigative methods of the discipline. With their master thesis, they prove that they have developed an understanding of the findings and research processes relating to the discipline.

The students apply methods and procedures to generate data, to process and to illustrate it in order to gain information and to produce new insights.

The students apply professional skills, insights, abilities and techniques to solve exacting research problems. By doing so, they exhibit originality and creativity in the application of knowledge. Within the framework of the master's thesis they illustrate the methodological procedure and the findings in such a manner that they can be comprehended and evaluated by experts.


Voraussetzungen (inhaltlich)

The candidate has to pass the colloquium in order to continue the master project.


The literature depends on the chosen topic of specialisation. An individual literature review is necessary to complete the module. For specific questions regarding the literature please contact your first or second advisor.

Recommended reading

  • Saunders, M. /Lewis, P. /Thornhill, A. (2003). Research Methods for Business Students (Third Edition). Prentice Hall, Harlow
  • Wilmot, P. (2001). Quantitative Methods for Finance. New York: Wiley
  • Wyrick, T.L. (1994). The Economist's Handbook: A Research and Writing Guide. Mason, OH: West Publishing
  • Gill, J. /Johnson, P. (2002). Research Methods for Managers (Third edition). London: Sage Publications
  • White, B. (2003). Dissertation Skills. For Business and Management Students. Mason, OH: Thomson


The final master thesis has to be handed in at the Central Services Desk before or at the agreed submission deadline as per your proposal. Please check the internally set submission deadline, which is the LAST possible date of submission.

This is to allow experts and advisors an approx. 4 weeks correction period before the presentation and defense date.

The first and second advisors propose the grade of the master thesis work and create a detailed grading sheet.

For further information on submission and related guidelines please contact your study administrator.