4304217: Master's thesis

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Semester:SS 17
Scheduled in semester:3
Semester Hours per Week / Contact Hours:13.0 L / 10.0 h
Self-directed study time:890.0 h

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Master's degree programme in IT and Business Process Management (01.10.2008)


Short description

In their Master’s thesis, students use scientific methods and work in accordance with standards of scientific writing. The Master’s thesis is typically related to the major (BPM or Data Science) chosen by the student.

Learning objectives

  • Students will formulate appropriate research questions.
  • Students will identify appropriate theories to explain empirical phenomena.
  • Students will identify suitable research methods in order to seek answers to specific research questions.
  • Students will use appropriate qualitative, quantitative, and design-oriented approaches to seek answers to their research question/questions. Mere conceptual works are also possible.


  • The thesis is supervised by a supervisor and a co-supervisor, both of whom should be members of the Institute of Information Systems.
  • The Master’s thesis is defended in an oral exam, where students may be asked questions related to their studies that may go beyond the content of their Master’s thesis.
  • The official editing time is defined on the thesis proposal and may not exceed 22 weeks. A shorter editing time is possible.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of 60 ECTS must be achieved before registration.
  • The modules Business Statistics I and Research Methods must be passed successfully.
  • A research proposal (exposé) signed by the first supervisor and the academic director must be submitted to the study administration in parallel to module registration. The exposé is developed in the module Research Seminar

Submission deadlines

  • Exposé: February 1st (summer term) and July 1st (winter term)
  • Master's Thesis: June 30 (summer term) and November 30 (winter term)

  • If any of the dates above falls on a weekend or public holiday, the deadline is automatically extended until the next working day. Please also check the opening times of the central service desk, especially during summer months.
  • The dates and deadlines given in this module description are the last possible dates for the adhering presentation and defense. Thesis submissions made after these deadlines are presented at the following date for presentation and defense.
  • The official editing time is defined on the thesis proposal and may not exceed 22 weeks. A shorter editing time is possible.

Submission of master's thesis consists of:

  • 4 (four) hardbound, linen-covered, and signed copies of Master's thesis.
  • A CD ROM containing thesis' digital copy (to be submitted to the central service desk). Please label the CD with your name and the title of your work.
  • Direct submission of thesis' digital copy to the supervisor and co-supervisor (via moodle).

Commencement ceremony:

  • The already scheduled dates of the commencement ceremony can be found in the menu bar on the left.
  • The registration for the commencement ceremony is handled by the study administration. Dates of the commencement ceremony are given in the menu bar located on the left / topic commencement ceremony.

Compulsory reading:

  • Bryman, A. & Bell, E. (2015) Business research methods (4th ed.). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Creswell, J.W. (2013) Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches (3rd ed.). Sage Publications
  • Saunders, M. N., Lewis, P., & Thornhill, A. (2009). Research methods for business students. Harlow, UK: Prentice Hall Financial Times.
  • Leedy P. D. & Ormrod, J.E. (2012). Practical research: Planning and design. Cambridge, MA: Pearson.
  • Further reading is provided in the course "Research Methods" and "Research Seminar"

Further information:

  • The Study and Assessment Regulations and the Guidelines for Writing Academic Paper in Economics contains further information.



  • PWW-MA_08_Master's thesis (SS 17, abgesagt)