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Department of Business and Economics
Bachelor / Master


Bachelor theses
Master's theses
min. 120 ECTS (only credits of completed modules are taken into account) min. 60 ECTS
Processing time:
9 weeks (13 weeks for empirical, experimental or mathematical topics) 17 weeks (26 weeks for empirical, experimental or mathematical topics)
30-40 pages 70-80 pages
German or English (by arrangement) German or English (by arrangement)
Type of work:
Empirical literature work or own empirical analyses Empirical literature work or own empirical analyses
Every semester Every semester
Application deadlines:
None None

Note: For students from other faculties, the requirements of the respective examination regulations apply.

Procedure of the final thesis

Within the framework of a final thesis, three dates are generally set at the department in order to ensure the best possible supervision of the students. These appointments also divide the thesis into three phases:

1st phase: Finding a topic

    Main topics, especially in the area of industrial and labour market economics
    Individual coordination of the topic for the thesis on the basis of the stated interests
    Own topic suggestions are welcome, but can also be worked out together at the department.

2nd phase: Discussion of outline

    Ungraded short presentation (approx. 15 minutes)
    Presentation of the planned outline and literature
    After approval of the outline, the thesis is registered.

Phase 3: Presentation

    Shortly after submission of the thesis
    Defence of the Bachelor's thesis (approx. 15-20 minute presentation + discussion)

Project seminar

    Students in the Bachelor of Business Administration also take the project seminar (Module 11).
    Time: approx. 5-6 weeks after registration of the Bachelor's thesis
    Content: strongly related to the Bachelor's thesis (e.g. theoretical part)
    Examination: oral presentation (approx. 15-20 minutes) based on a written paper (approx. 10-15 pages)



If you have any questions about writing a thesis at the Chair of Economic Policy, please do not hesitate to contact the staff. For general questions about a thesis, please contact us by e-mail at ewf.wiwitu-dortmundde.