Supervision of master’s thesis
The IGN offers supervision for Master theses that fall into the thematic range of the Institute’s research expertise.
In terms of academic sub-disciplines, Master theses at the IGN normally fall into the following research areas:
Theory of Modern Society
Social Movement Research
Actor Analysis and Political Party Research
Possible research topics include, for example:
Social movements & political parties
Democratic systems and sustainability
Social networks & collaboration
To get a better understanding of the IGN’s research areas and approaches you may also refer to our academic profile.
Thesis Proposal and Supervision Agreement
If your envisaged topic matches the research interests of the IGN, you may submit a proposal. Please follow the Institute’s guidelines regarding the supervision process and the thesis proposal.
Once completed, please send your proposal to one of the three potential supervisors at the IGN. In order to find out which supervisor would suit your MA thesis best, please check their research profiles: Felix Butzlaff and Ingolfur Blühdorn. If your proposal meets the Institute’s guidelines and the supervisor’s research profile, he will arrange a first supervision meeting, during which he will discuss your topic and its realization in more detail. Only then you will receive your supervision agreement. As a matter of principle, supervision agreements will be valid for six months (starting from the date of the acceptance)!
When planning your thesis writing, please notice:
Theses that are submitted after 30th of November are unlikely to be marked before the end of January
These that are submitted after 15th of July are unlikely to be marked before the end of September
Mode of Supervision and Language
The supervision will take place via written feedback and in-person supervision meetings.
We offer students the opportunity to write their thesis in German or in English.