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Master Thesis

Information regarding handling and supervision of Master Thesis GLOBAL STUDIES

The Master's thesis is written in the third or fourth semester of the Master's programme. The regulations concerning the handling and supervision of master theses as well as the assignment of master thesis topics within the framework of the master programme GLOBAL STUDIES are defined as follows:
Attention: for the new curricula 2018W new guidelines apply! Guidelines 2017W see below.

Curricula 18W:

  • The topic can be taken from the chosen disciplinary specialisation.
  • The Master thesis comprises 20 ECTS.
  • In addition to writing the Master thesis, a FVA has to be completed (Master seminar/Master colloquium). A minimum of 12 ECTS from the chosen disciplinary specialisation is required to attend this FVA.
  • The topic of the Master's thesis must be chosen in such a way that it can be completed within six months.
  • The Dean of Studies is responsible for the approval of the Master thesis topic.
  • The supervisor has two months time for the assessment.
  • The following applies to the selection of the supervisor: The supervisor must be assigned to one of the five specialisation modules of the programme in which the Master's thesis is written on the basis of his/her venia docendi as a criterion for a core subject.

Defence of the Master's thesis (18W)

  • After the positive assessment of the Master's thesis, the defence of the thesis takes place as an oral examination to the extent of 1 ECTS. The examiners are the supervisors of the Master thesis. Subject of a defence is (a) 15 minutes presentation of the thesis and (b) 10 minutes discussion of the thesis. In order to promote academic exchange, the aim is to hold several subject examinations on one date, collective examinations are offered regularly.

The necessary forms for the approval of the Master's thesis topic and for submission can be found on the website of the URBI Dean's Office: https://urbi.uni-graz.at/de/studieren/organisatorisches/formulare-global-studies/

Curricula 17W:

  • The Master thesis has to be assigned by the students to one of the specialisation modules they have chosen.
  • The master thesis comprises 25 ECTS credits.
  • Prerequisite for the approval of the topic and announcement of the supervisor is that the students have to prove that they have earned at least 8 of the 12 ECTS credits from the specialisation module to which the master thesis is assigned.
  • The Dean of Studies is responsible for the approval of the Master thesis topic.
  • For the assessment of the Master's thesis, the positive completion of the Master's seminar is also mandatory.
  • The topic of the Master's thesis must be chosen in such a way that it can be completed within six months.
  • The supervisor has two months time for the assessment.
  • The following applies to the choice of supervisor: The supervisor must be assigned to one of the five in-depth modules of the programme in which the Master's thesis is written on the basis of his/her venia docendi as a criterion for a core subject.
  • If the content of the Master's thesis significantly extends over two in-depth modules (e.g. economic relations of Algeria as a former colony with France up to the present day) and the chosen supervisor is assigned to only one of these modules (here, for example, Module D History) due to his/her venia docendi or basic teaching and research activities, informal co-counselling by a second person (here, from Module C Economy) is also possible.

Master's examination (17W):

The Master's examination, formally designed as a one-hour board examination, is divided into the following sections:

  •     Presentation of the Master thesis
  •     Questions of the examiners
  •     Grading and announcement

Students have about 15 minutes to present their master's thesis. Afterwards, each examiner will ask the students about the given subject matter (first examiner: on the topic of the Master thesis and possibly on the corresponding in-depth module, second examiner: on the second selected in-depth module). The Master's thesis itself is not subject of the Master's examination, but has been examined with the already completed assessment! All examiners must have completed their habilitation; the order of the two examiners is not relevant. Afterwards the grades are determined and announced to the candidates.

The students contact the professors independently because of the function of the chair, because of the subject matter and because of the function as second examiner, the first examiner is determined. All three persons must sign the application form.

The necessary forms for the approval of the Master thesis topic as well as for the submission can be found on the website of the URBI Dean's Office: https://urbi.uni-graz.at/de/studieren/organisatorisches/formulare-global-studies/

Contact

Mag. Dr.rer.soc.oec.

Ulrike-Maria Gelbmann

Chairwoman Curricula Committee

Institute of Systems Sciences, Innovation and Sustainability Research,
Merangasse 18/II
8010 Graz

Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 7333
Mobile:+43 (0)664 75013290

Consultation hours are only possible by telephone or E-mail appointment at any time! (also online)

Klaudia Kramer

Coordination Office for Global Studies,
Merangasse 18/EG
8010 Graz

Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 1037

By arrangement by E-mail

GLOBAL STUDIES - Student Assistants Office

Merangasse 18/EG
8010 Graz


Mondays from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
(Except LV-free time)
As well as by arrangement by E-mail

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