Master Thesis

If you would like to write a thesis with the Chair of Statistics & Econometrics, please follow these steps:

  1. Before submitting your application at our chair, make sure that you fulfill all requirements set out in the examination rules (Prüfungsordnung).
  2. You may either chose one of the topics provided by the chair (see website) or you may apply with your own suggestion for a topic. The application procedure is made up of two steps.
  3. In the first step, you are required to submit your application by E-Mail to the secretary of the chair ( ). It should include the following information: your degree program, the number of semesters you have been studying, the courses you have taken at our chair (lectures and seminars), your area of interest, your (suggested) topic for your thesis (incl. an idea of what data set could be used), an up-to-date extract of your grades, and a CV.
  4. We will contact you after your submission to set up an appointment to discuss your topic choice with you.
  5. In the second step of the application procedure, you are required to draft an exposé based on the discussed topic. The exposé should give an overview of what you plan to write in your master thesis, including relevance of the topic, placement in the literature, contribution of your work as well as an outline of the analysis plan and the dataset you will be using. It should be a maximum of 4 pages long (excl. references). Please send an electronic version (PDF) to .
  6. After having received your exposé, we will contact you to set up an appointment to discuss your exposé.
  7. Afterwards, you can officially register your thesis. Please do not register an empirical thesis before you have a complete dataset!
  8. You now have 4 months to complete your thesis. All information regarding preparation of a master thesis at the Chair of Statistics & Econometrics can be found here. We strongly recommend that you set up a timeline for your thesis (from the registration up to the submission of your thesis). By checking your work plan, you can make sure that you are always on time.
  9. During the time you are working on your thesis, you will be required to informally present your thesis at a colloquium. The chair will organize a colloquium every few months, during which all current master and PhD students will present their work. This is an opportunity for you to present your research, especially the estimation methods if your thesis is empirical, and to receive helpful comments from the audience. This presentation will NOT be graded. The presentation should be around 40 minutes long, followed by around 15 minutes of questions by/discussion with the audience. You are also required to attend the other presentations and to participate in the discussions following each presentation. The next colloquium will take place on January 10th, 2019.
  10. Deadline: 4 months after official registration, you have to submit your master thesis. Please submit two bound printed versions of your thesis paper to the Examinations Office (Prüfungsamt) and an electronic version (MS Word (or LaTeX/LyX) and pdf format!) to the chair (both to and your advisor). If your thesis includes an empirical part, please also submit the relevant STATA-Do-files, STATA-Log-files, Excel-files, MatLab-Code etc.
  11. 4-6 weeks after submission, the research colloquium will take place (date to be set together).

Master thesis topics

Master thesis guidelines