3704198: Master thesis

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Semester:SS 14
Scheduled in semester:4
Semester Hours per Week / Contact Hours:39.0 L / 29.5 h
Self-directed study time:870.5 h

Module coordination/Lecturers


Master's degree programme in Banking and Financial Management (01.10.2008)


  • Identification of a research problem and development of a research question
  • Thematically formulating a problem and developing a solution through application of scientific methods
  • Independence in handling a research problem determined in the course of an assessment. Discussion with the advisor about methodological and content issues in solving a research topic.
  • Completion of a comprehensive assignment where the students deal with a theoretical or practice-oriented problem in their area of specialisation by drawing on scientific work methods.
  • Mid-term report about the current stage of the progress during the Colloquium.
  • Completion of presentation documentation on a research problem within their specialised area.
  • Defense of the elaborated research topic and in-depth discussion with the examination board.

Learning Outcomes

After completion of the module, the students have acquired a detailed knowledge and a critical understanding of their research topic. They have at their disposal specialised knowledge of methods and procedures for processing data and explaining it in a structured manner. Furthermore, they exhibit originality and creativity in the application of their knowledge.

The students complete research and development projects, applying specialised research methods, survey and development techniques by drawing on their previously acquired skills. Additionally, they present the significant findings of their project to academic and real economy specialists, thereby utilising various communication methods in order to illustrate complex data on a scientific level.

Upon positive evaluation of the thesis module the Master's degree is awarded to the candidate.


Admission Requirements

It is recommended to complete the whole study programme before enrolling to the Master Thesis Module, at least 60 ECTS are required to do so.

To enroll to the Master Thesis module it is necessary to pass the exposé by the academic director. The process for the exposé starts in the previous semester with a draft exposé, for which you will be given written feedback. This will serve as an input for your final exposé and is obligatory for each candidate.

Please note, that final exposé has to be submitted to the given deadline the latest, as submitted exposés AFTER the deadline will not be accepted for the following semesters presentation & defense date.

The official processing period is 22 weeks to write the Master Thesis.


Expose and thesis template are available here: Regulations and Guidelines

Exam Modalities

  • Colloquium presentation (attendance at Colloquium day obligatory)
  • Evaluation of the written thesis paper
  • Presentation and defense in front of the examination board


Web-based online evaluation upon completion of module



Final Exposé: 28.02.2014 / 30.06.2014

Start of Master Thesis: 01.03.2014 / 01.07.2014

Colloquium: 14.03.2014

Deadline Master Thesis: 01.08.2014, 8.30 - 11.30am at the Central Services Desk at latest

Presentation and Defence: 29. +30.08.2014

Graduation Cermony: 04.04.2014 / 26.09.2014


  • PWW-MA_Master Thesis (SS 14, in Bewertung)