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Master's Theses

Master's thesis in MLaw Rechtswissenschaften


General information

The Master's thesis is a compulsory module. In order to write the Master's thesis, students must be enrolled in the Master's degree program (§ 39 para. RVO RWF). It can be completed within the framework of a seminar. It is also possible to make an individual agreement on a Master's thesis (PDF, 1 MB) with a faculty member, a professor emerita, a adjunct professor or a privatedozent. If the thesis is to be completed within the framework of a seminar, please note the seminar program. This is published in March or October for the following semester. The stated requirements must be observed.

Improvement/repetition

The supervisor determines whether an inadequate Master's thesis can be improved.  
If the master's thesis is not passed, a new seminar enrolment or a new individual agreement on the master's thesis is necessary for the repetition.

Master thesis in MLaw International and Comparative Law

The information on the Master's thesis in the MLaw in Rechtswissenschaften also applies to the MLaw in International and Comparative Law.

In addition, it should be noted that the Master's thesis in the International and Comparative Law program must be written in English.

If the Master's thesis is written in the context of a seminar, this can also be a seminar that is generally conducted in German if the student has sufficient knowledge of German. In this case, the supervisor decides whether the student's knowledge of German is sufficient for participation in the seminar. Grade-relevant oral seminar contributions must nevertheless be made in English.

Registration Tool

Master's theses that are written within a seminar are booked via the RWF registration tool.

The registration tool offers the possibility to create a wish list of seminars and to prioritise them. Instructions on how to do this can be found in the registration tool itself. A wish list must exist in order for a place to be allocated.

An algorithm then allocates the places primarily according to the priorities set and secondarily at random. We recommend that you set several priorities. This does not reduce the chances of getting the first priority. I.e. in the reverse case, too, if only one priority is indicated, this does not increase the chance of receiving the allocation of the first priority.

The timing of an application within the application period also has no influence on an allocation. It is not a matter of the first-come-first-served principle.

The timeline in the application tool is as follows:

    1. registration deadline
    2. viewing of the allocated place
    3. cancellation deadline

If an allocated place is cancelled, there is no possibility of obtaining another place. It is not possible to move up.

 link to the registration tool.

Achievements provided by Moot Courts and Model United Nations

Provided that the relevant requirements are met, achievements in moot courts and Model United Nations that comprise at least 12 ECTS credits are also recognised as a Master's thesis. Further information can be found in the course catalogue and on the websites of the chairs.

Master thesis in MLaw International and Comparative Law

The information on the Master's thesis in the MLaw in Rechtswissenschaften also applies to the MLaw in International and Comparative Law.

In addition, it should be noted that the Master's thesis in the International and Comparative Law program must be written in English.

If the Master's thesis is written in the context of a seminar, this can also be a seminar that is generally conducted in German if the student has sufficient knowledge of German. In this case, the supervisor decides whether the student's knowledge of German is sufficient for participation in the seminar. Grade-relevant oral seminar contributions must nevertheless be made in English.

Further written assignments at all levels

For elective modules at Bachelor's and Master's level as well as for core elective modules at Master's level, additional written papers may be provided as assessment.