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Master Thesis

how to write a Master thesis?

How to register the Master Thesis

All formal requirements concerning the exams/thesis are laid out in the study and examination regulations (StO/PO). 

=> All relevant forms and information can be found on the website of the Examination Office.

Next master thesis registration

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 (via email only: PB-MA-SOZIOLOGIE@polsoz.fu-berlin.de)

Tuesday, February 1, 2021

Finding a supervisor

You will have to find a first supervisor for your master thesis yourself. Normally, you ask one of the people on the list of official supervisors at the Institute. Under special circumstances, you can also ask an external supervisor. Note that external supervisors must hold a PhD and have to be approved by the Examination board. A second supervisor is usually appointed by the Examination Board. You can, however, suggest a second supervisor.

Lecturers have limited capacities therefore you are strongly advised to approach potential supervisors as early as possible, at least 6 weeks before the official registration date. Moreover, you should approach them with a short exposé, highlighting your research question, its relevance as well as first ideas about your theoretical framework and methodology. 

Sociology Blog

The Sociology blog is maintained by the Institute of Sociology and aims at presenting short abstracts of master’s theses written within the master program “Sociology – European Societies”.

These abstracts shall give students and people interested in the program an overview about possible topics of a master’s thesis and topics researchers at the Institute are working on.

=> https://blogs.fu-berlin.de/sociology/

Completion of your Studies

Once your Master’s thesis has been passed (or, for students enrolled prior to 2013, you successfully have made the final oral examination), you have completed your studies. Now you have to exmatriculate by requesting your completion of studies.

Request for completion of studies

According to the examination guidelines, you are required to make a request for the completion of studies. Since we assume that you intend to finish your studies after the examination, the request for completion of your study is included in the registration for the Master’s thesis. You are only required to tick the relevant box.

Degree documents

A Degree Certificate and Diploma Supplement will be issued as soon as possible.
You are welcome to receive the documents anytime after they have been issued.