The Institute for Organization Studies is involved in the master program "Management". We offer students participating in this program the opportunity to apply for an academic supervisor from our team and to write a thesis in the supervisor's field of expertise.
Bachelor, master and doctoral theses are characterized as academic work – and therefore have to suffice the criteria of academic writing. Nevertheless, they differ in regard to scope and rigor, i.e. in the depth of addressing a problem as well as in the methods/methodology used to answer the research questions.
Moving beyond the criteria applicable to a bachelor thesis, a master thesis focuses on scientific research and aims at solving a general problem within a specific field of interest. This means that the student is able to identify a problem relevant within the respective field, position his/her thesis conceptually and theoretically against existing research, and marshals the appropriate research methods/methodology.
Research topic and academic supervisor
We strongly believe that choosing an interesting and relevant research topic is already part of your research project. We thus expect candidates to identify an adequate topic/problem (in accordance with the institute’s fields of expertise) prior to contacting a potential supervisor.
Please get in touch with one of our faculty members whose work corresponds with your proposed field of research. Your informative research proposal should include at least the following information:
a clear statement of identified problems within your field of interest, as well as an elaboration why you think these are relevant;
an outline of research objectives and potential research questions;
considerations regarding procedural aspects of your proposed research project (empirical data, methods/methodology, etc.)
Based on your submitted research proposal, we will consider whether your proposed project meets the requirements of a master thesis and will then help you to further develop your proposal. We are committed to accepting excellent research proposals (however, acceptance is subject to availability of resources).