Bachelor’s thesis topics are only assigned to those students who have completed the six-hour compulsory subject (Introduction to Tax Law, Basic Tax Law, Advanced Tax Law) as part of the Business Law program or to those students who have completed the two-hour compulsory subject (Introduction to Tax Law) as part of the Business, Economics and Social Sciences program and have already successfully completed the four-hour elective course in Tax Law (course I and course II). Bachelor’s thesis topics are preferably awarded to those students who have taken the elective options in tax law within the second phase of the bachelor’s program in Business Law.
Assignment of bachelor's thesis topics
The topics of the bachelor’s theses can be assigned to a current general topic. There are two general topics per semester. The announcement of the general topics and the particular subtopics takes place one month before the date of the announcement and will be published on the homepage. The assignment of bachelor’s thesis topics takes place four times per academic year and the application period ends on the following deadlines: 1st October, 2nd January, 1st April and 1st July. Students can apply for five topics under specifications of preferences.
Please also take into consideration the options of writing a bachelor’s thesis as part of a business cooperation.
The subtopics of the general topics will be presented as part of a preliminary talk and will be allocated to the selected applicants. A disposition has to be submitted no later than four weeks after the preliminary talk. The bachelor’s thesis must be completed within five months. Each student can only be allocated one bachelor topic at our Institute.
The bachelor’s theses will be summarized in a series available in the library of the Institute.
What knowledge is required?
The ability to deal with jurisprudential questions is absolutely necessary for working on a tax law bachelor’s thesis. If you are interested in working on a tax law bachelor’s thesis topic, successful performance not only in the tax law subjects, but also other legal subjects taken during the first and second phase of the program, should be decisive.
How should the bachelor's thesis be structured?
The weight is primarily on the quality and not on the quantity. Ideally, a bachelor’s thesis should be briefly and precisely worded and publishable. If the work is first-class in content and contains independent, well-founded considerations, such a bachelor’s thesis can even be just 20 pages long.
What are the assessment criteria?
The basic requirement for being able to assess a bachelor’s thesis is, according to the curriculum, the positive completion of the subject “Grundlagen rechtswissenschaftlichen Arbeitens” or “Grundlagen wissenschaftlichen Arbeitens”.
Impeccable spelling, grammar and citation is required for the approval of a bachelor’s thesis. Likewise, it has to be clear that the student has a complete overview of the German-speaking (and depending on the topic, possibly international) literature on the relevant topic. Furthermore, the student has to be able to describe the various views on a topic, to acknowledge them and, if possible, make independent considerations.
Supervision of a bachelor's thesis
During the entire bachelor’s thesis phase, the supervisor (together with the assistant) offers support to the student, but strong commitment of the student is also expected. The aim of this intensive supervision is to create a bachelor’s thesis of publishable quality.
PWC - Award
An additional inducement for furthering high-quality bachelor’s theses, the “PwC Best Bachelor Thesis in Tax Law Award”, has been launched in cooperation with PwC. The best bachelor’s thesis in the field of tax law receives the honor of the “PwC Best Bachelor Thesis in Tax Law Award” which includes prize money of € 1,000. All bachelor’s theses written at the Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law which are completed by August 31st of the respective academic year will be considered. A jury consisting of Professor Kofler, Professor Lang, Professor Rust, Professor Schuch, Professor Spies, Professor Staringer and DI Rödler, selects the best bachelor’s thesis. The award ceremony takes place at PwC during the following winter semester.
How do I apply for a bachelor's thesis?
All students who are interested in writing a bachelor’s thesis at our institute are invited to submit a short written application specifying their preferences of five topics, to the secretary of the Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law to the attention of Ms Stephanie Roiss (firstname.lastname@example.org). The 15 best-qualified students will be selected based on their applications and informed by Professor Kofler, Professor Lang, Professor Rust, Professor Schuch, Professor Spies and Professor Staringer.
We cordially invite you to apply for the assignment of bachelor’s thesis topics at the Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law by the relevant deadlines.
Bachelor's theses with business cooperation
- 2020-07 (pdf, 188 KB)
- 2020-01 (pdf, 189 KB)
- 2019-10 (pdf, 158 KB)
- 2019-07 (pdf, 156 KB)
- 2019-04 (pdf, 189 KB)
- 2019-01 (pdf, 214 KB)
- 2018-10 (pdf, 186 KB)
- 2018-07 (pdf, 216 KB)
- 2018-04 (pdf, 186 KB)
- 2018-01 (pdf, 187 KB)
- 2017-10 (pdf, 185 KB)
- 2017-07 (pdf, 169 KB)
- 2017-04 (pdf, 164 KB)
- 2017-01 (pdf, 166 KB)
- 2016-10 (pdf, 44 KB)
- 2016-07 (pdf, 44 KB)
- 2016-04 (pdf, 241 KB)
- 2016-01 (pdf, 125 KB)
- 2015-10 (pdf, 44 KB)
- 2015-07 (pdf, 124 KB)
- 2015-04 (pdf, 123 KB)
- 2015-01 (pdf, 47 KB)
- 2014-10 (pdf, 125 KB)
- 2014-07 (pdf, 123 KB)
- 2014-04 (pdf, 126 KB)
- 2014-01 (pdf, 126 KB)
- BA_Ausschreibung_Juli_2020.pdf (pdf, 188 KB)