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Master’s thesis and Final Exam

  1. Find a supervisor! (to choose from: the habilitated Georg Vogeler and Chiara Zuanni (soon), or anyone with a PhD who is still employed for at least 6 months, who can be assigned by the Dean of Studies upon request. These are currently at ZIM: Bernhard Bauer, Roman Bleier, Tamas Kovacs, Sarah Lang, Daniel Luger, Anguelos Nicolaou, and Martina Scholger
  2. Find a Thesis theme with your supervisor (the Privatissimum is the assigned place for that)
  3. How to announce your master’s thesis topic, you can find out on this page: https://gewi.uni-graz.at/de/studieren/masterstudium/masterarbeit/ 
    It is advised to decide on a topic and officially register the topic at the latest after completion of the Privatissimum. The topic should be designed by the examiner in such a way that you can be done within six months.
  4. Scope of the master’s thesis:
    According to the curriculum, the writing of the thesis comprises 20 ECTS (= 500 hours). The master's thesis is a scientific paper of approximately 144,000 to 216,000 characters (with spaces, without bibliography and footnotes), which can be supplemented by practical digital work (data, code stored in a publicly accessible repository). In case of extensive practical work, which also counts as scientific achievement, a shorter number of pages can be agreed upon with the supervisor beforehand (minimum: 60 pages of text). The topic is to be taken from the area of one of the examination subjects (=Modules B-E of the curriculum).
    In principle, there is no time limit for writing the Master's thesis, but since enrollment is compulsory, the ÖH fee and possibly tuition fees are incurred as soon as the standard period of study is exceeded. In addition, it is to be considered that the supervisor could transition to another university and would therefore no longer be able to supervise the master’s thesis.
  5. Citation style:
    You can use your learned/accustomed citation style from your Bachelor's degree, but you must discuss it with your supervisor.
    The basic rules are: be consistent and discuss with your supervisor.
  6. Communicate regularly with your supervisor (e.g., once a month)
  7. Submission:
    You don't need to have your master’s thesis printed anymore.
    You can find more information here:
    A period of at least 4 weeks must be allowed between the submission of the thesis and the date of the examination, and the expert opinion must be available at least 2 weeks before the examination. To register for the master's thesis, it is not necessary to have already completed all examinations and courses. All grades, including the master's thesis, must be available for the examination.
  8. Final exam:

    In addition to your 2 examiners, there is also the chairperson.
    Of these 3 persons, at least 2 must be habilitated.
    If your supervisor is not habilitated, your second examiner and the chairperson must be habilitated. If your supervisor and your second examiner are habilitated, your chairperson must not be habilitated.

    The exam has 3 parts:
    1. Presentation of the master’s thesis for a total of 20 minutes (10-15 min presentation, then both examiners will ask you questions about your master’s thesis). 
    2. Partial examination 1 from the module of the master's thesis, 20 minutes.
    3. Partial examination 2 from another module (B-F in Curriculum 2021; B-E in Curriculum 2017) - 20minutes



Univ.-Prof. Dr.phil. M.A.

Georg Vogeler

Elisabethstraße 59/III, 8010 Graz


Elisabethstraße 59/III, 8010 Graz

Phone:+43 316 380 - 5790

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