BA & MA Theses

These pages are dedicated to students considering to start or preparing their Bachelors and Masters thesis. Here you find the basic information of how to find a topic, select the supervisors and register with ASPA. You are also informed about the process of mentoring your thesis, you can retrieve the necessary documents and get information about grading and the award ceremony. Furthermore, we have compiled the topics of the Bachelors and Masters theses of the last three years in order to give you some ideas of the range of topics possible. Theses can be written in German or English at our Institute.

Examples from past semesters

M.A. Thesis

  • Neue Perspektiven in den Internationalen Beziehungen: Postkoloniale Theorie in der Analyse außen politischen Wandels 
  • Nationale Einflüsse auf die europäische Sicherheitspolitik Die Entstehung der Europäischen Sicherheitsstrategie 
  • The Paris Agreement and Neoliberal Forces An Analysis to Advance Research on Civil Society´s Influence on Biosphere Conservation

B.A. Thesis 

  • Making sense oft he glorious past: A comparison of Ukrainian and Russian national narratives in the history textbooks inssued after 2013 (2017) 
  • Nationale Einflüsse auf die europäische Sicherheitspolitik. Die Entstehung der Europäischen Sicherheitsstrategie
  • Medien in der Außenpolitik. Das Agenda-Setting des Spiegels im Fall von Wikileaks und Edward Snowden

Requirements and Guidelines for Theses (BA and MA) at the Chair for International Relations

1. Resarch Topic 

The research topic should clearly fall within the discipline of International Relations. Furthermore, the thesis should empirically answer a concrete research question. The topic should have a good fit with the research focus and expertise of the supervisor. You will find the respective research foci of the staff at the Chair for IR on our webpage: Any stay abroad for the purposes of thesis research will be expressly supported by the Chair! You will find information about the PROMOS-scholarships here.

2. Choosing your supervisor and second assessor

The supervision agreement can only be signed after participation in the supervisors seminar.This process may include multiple revisions of the research proposal please leave enough time for such an eventuality (at least one month or a semester)!

  Bachelor theses Master theses
Supervisor Prof. Biermann is available only in exceptional circumstances to act as supervisor for a Bachelors thesis. Please contact the usual staff members of the Chair instead. BA theses can be supervised by a staff member with a Masters degree, although the second assessor must have a doctorate. Supervision may only be carried out by staff members with a doctorate or higher.
Second assessor Staff of the Chair for IR are available as second assessors if there is a thematic fit. Staff of other Chairs may also act as second assessors. Usually, the assessment of the thesis is only done after submission via the second assessor. The second assessor may also act in an advisory capacity when specific technical expertise is required. Staff of the Chair for IR (including those with Masters degrees) are available as second assessors if there is a thematic fit.

In cases where the supervisor is a staff member of this Chair, there is no automatic expectation that the second assessor will also come from this Chair. It is strongly encouraged that students visit one of the seminars of the supervisor.

3. Registering with ASPA

Bachelors theses Masters theses
Consultation with potential supervisor at least 1 month before registration Consultation with potential supervisor at least 1 semester before registration
A meaningful supervision is not possible without adherence to the given timelines. Supervision agreements will only be signed once the research proposal has been completed.
Wintersemester/ Sommersemester

 

 

Respectively, until the 10thof each month

Until 10.10. / Until 10.4.
Until 10.11. / Until 10.5.
Until 10.12. / Until 10.6.
You will find the registration form here. [pdf, 127 kb] de You will find the registration form here. [pdf, 127 kb] de

4. The supervision process

All staff members of the Chair offer a seminar (BA) or research colloquium (MA) for supervision. During these sessions, you will jointly develop and discuss the research topics, research design, and methods. Furthermore, you will present your research proposal, receive tips and suggestions for the research process, and receive feedback on your topic.

Participation in this event is mandatory!

Bachelor theses Master theses
Prof. Biermann Prof. Biermann
Please participate in his research colloquium in the same semesterin which you would like to register your thesis. The colloquium is usually offered every semester (look out for any announcements). If you are planning a semester abroad, it may be worth participating in an earlier colloquium. Please participate in the research colloquium in the semester precedingthe one in which you would like to register your thesis. (For example, if you want to write your thesis in the winter semester, you will have to take part in the research colloquium in the summer semester.) Exceptions (due to a stay abroad etc) are possible but must be agreed in advance.
Staff of the Chair Staff of the Chair
Following individual consultation with the supervisor about the topic, please participate in the BA-seminar, which will be jointly organised by the staff. Participation in the research colloquium organised by Prof. Biermann is mandatory even if the thesis is not being supervised by Prof. Biermann himself. The respective supervisor will be present and lead the discussion of the proposal. Individual supervision will also be arranged with the supervisor. Contact your supervisor in good time to arrange this.

5. Individual Development of the Thesis

When completing your thesis, please refer to the  Guide for Completing Political Science Assignments at the Institute and the Guide on the Grading of Political Science Assignments and Theses. Plagiarism will not be tolerated.

6. Work Duration and Submission

Bachelor theses Master theses

From date of admission:

12 weeks (The exact date of issue is determined by the ASPA)

From date of admission:

24 weeks (The exact date of issue is determined by the ASPA)

7. Assessment

Since we read your work thoroughly and also have a high workload, it is not possible to guarantee a swift assessment process. We recommend that you subsequently view your report in ASPA, particularly if you are looking to complete a further degree.

8. Graduation Ceremony

The ceremonial completion of your studies constitutes the Day of Political Science, which takes place every year in June. We look forward to seeing you, your family, and friends there. You can stay in touch in the long term by joining the Institutes alumni association.

Print: Regularien Abschlussarbeiten BA und MA IB [pdf, 59 kb] de