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Bachelor/Master Thesis

We welcome students to write their final thesis at the chair of Entrepreneurship and Innovative Business Models. The following requirements and the application procedure are for Bachelor and Master students.

Admission requirements & general information

  • Admission requirements (Bachelor and Master)

     We recommend the participation in a seminar or one of the advanced courses of the chair. The final thesis at our research group should be written in English only. Moreover, we focus on final theses with empirical character - either qualitative or quantitative. Find further information in "requirements for research design".

  • Requirements for research design

    Quantitative Research Design

    In case of quantitative empirical work, we require a sound knowledge of econometrics and multivariate quantitative empirical methods. Thus, we recommend STATA, EViews or SPSS for statistical analysis.

    Qualitative Research Design

    In case of qualitative empirical work, students conduct their own interviews or surveys.
    - for Bachelor students we recommend 5 - 8 interviews
    - for Master students we recommend 12 - 15 interviews
    - for surveys we recommend at least 80 survey participants

  • Scope of the scientific work

    Depending on the type of work, the scope of the paper/thesis should not exceed the following limits. (Exceptions only after consultation with the supervisor, e.g. depending on the degree of difficulty of the work.)

    - seminar paper: 3000 word count (± 10%) (Bachelor & Master)
    - bachelor thesis: approximately 10000 word count (± 10%)
    - master thesis: approximately 15000 word count (± 10%)

    All text components of the main text (including text references, directories and references) are taken into account. Figure captions and tables are not included in the word count.

    Please note: The entire “Reference Chapter” is included in the total word count. Therefore, plan enough space in your final total word count.

  • Evaluation Criteria

    In order to provide more transparency, our research group is using a standardized evaluation grid to assess all theses. The evaluation grid may help you to structure your thesis more efficiently.

    Please click on the following link to find out more about the evaluation criteria:
    Evaluation Grid (Bachelor/Master)

    Please note, that all final submissions (thesis, seminar papers etc.) will also be checked for plagiarism.

    Important: In addition, please consider the requirements of the examination regulations of your respective degree program with regard to the credit points achieved and the compulsory amount of completed modules required for admission to the final thesis!

Application process

Deadlines for application:
For theses to be written in the summer term: March 1st (12 pm)
For theses to be written in the winter term: September 1st (12 pm)

Late applications will not be considered.

Generally, students will receive a feedback (offer or decline) on their application within 4 weeks after submission of their application documents. Once students have received an offer to write the thesis at the chair, they have up to 2 weeks to accept or reject the offer.

In order to start the final thesis, you should also download and complete the application for admission to the final thesis (at least 14 days before the starting date of your thesis). Please visit the examination office's website for further information about your final thesis.

Application requirements

Necessary Documents

Please submit an exposé and your current transcript of records via E-Mail to


Since we do not provide any specific topics, we encourage you to choose your own topic of choice for your exposé, which is oriented towards one of our suggested topics (active VPN required) or within our research areas. The exposé is not only part of the application, but it also serves as a basis for your final thesis. The exposé should be 2-3 pages long and should include:

  • your research question and the corresponding problem definition
  • research method
  • preliminary structure of your paper (table of content)
  • reference to key current academic literature (academic journals)

The principles of scientific work must be considered during the preparation of the exposé.