5010682: C19 Master's thesis

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Semester:WS 20/21
Scheduled in semester:4
Semester Hours per Week / Contact Hours:1.0 L / 1.0 h
Self-directed study time:809.0 h

Module coordination/Lecturers


Master's degree programme in Information Systems (01.09.2019)


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 one of the four subject areas that constitute the core of the curriculum (i.e., Business Process Management, Data and Application Security, Data Science, and Digital Innovation).

Learning Outcomes

  • After successful submission of the master's thesis, students will have demonstrated their ability to plan, execute and manage research projects autonomously.


Lectures Method

  • The thesis is assessed by a faculty member from the Institute of Information Systems (professor, assistant professor, visiting professor or senior lecturer).
  • The thesis is presented and defended in an oral examination. The examination committee is composed of the Academic Director, another faculty member, and an external expert appointed by the Vice-Rector for Teaching.
  • The time for producing the completed thesis is defined on the thesis proposal (“exposé”) and may not exceed 22 weeks.

Admission Requirements

  • A minimum of 60 ECTS must be achieved before a student may register for this module.
  • The student must have passed the Business Statistics course before registering for the course. Exceptions are possible only after consultation with the study administration. Though not mandatory, students should have attended the Research Methods course.
  • A research proposal (“exposé”) signed by the supervisor and the academic director must be submitted to the study administration in parallel with the student’s registration for the module by 01 February (summer semester) or 01 July (winter semester). If the student has passed the Research Seminar module, the seminar paper that has been developed in the Research Seminar module serves as an exposé and must then not be submitted to the study administration by the student. (The module coordinator will forward all positive seminar papers / exposés to the Academic Board.). It is thus highly recommended that the exposé be developed during the Research Seminar course.


  • Further readings: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.). London; UK: Sage Publications.Oates, B.J. (2006). Researching Information Systems and Computing. London, UK: Sage Publications.Recker, J. (2012). Scientific Research in Information Systems: A Beginner’s Guide. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer.


  • Exposé: The seminar paper that is developed in the Research Seminar module serves as an exposé for the master’s thesis if the student has passed the Research Seminar module and if the student has not submitted another exposé signed by the supervisor to the study administration (master.information-systems@uni.li) by 01 February (summer semester) or 01 July (winter semester).
  • Regulations and forms: Students must adhere to the Guidelines for Writing Academic Papers in Economics and are asked to use the university’s official Template for writing their master’s theses. In addition, students must carefully review the Study and Assessment Regulations and Master Thesis Assessment Criteria. All documents are available on the university’s intranet (“Regulations and Forms”).
  • Submission: The completed master’s thesis must be submitted to the central service desk by 30 June (summer semester) or 30 November (winter semester). (Students should check the opening times of the central service desk, especially during the summer months.) If either of these dates falls on a weekend or a public holiday, the deadline is automatically extended to the next workday. The submission must include: (1) two signed copies in adhesive binding and (2) two signed copies in spiral binding. In addition, students must upload their completed theses as pdf documents to Moodle.
  • Presentation and defence: The master’s thesis must have been evaluated with a grade of 3.8 or higher to attend the Presentation and Defence course. A detailed schedule will be announced via Moodle and/or via e-mail. Students have 12-15 minutes to present their theses, another 15 minutes is for discussion. Apart from subject knowledge, grading criteria are presentation structure (information flow, line of argument etc.), design (formatting, figures, animations etc.), mechanics (grammar, typos, c itation etc.), appearance (eye contact, gestures etc.), and elocution (language, clarity, rhetoric etc.).