The following information applies to Bachelor students only. Master students, please refer to the box at the bottom of this page.
Who can write a thesis at this Chair?
Writing a thesis in International Economics requires a solid economic background. Students writing their Bachelor's thesis at the chair should be enrolled in the "Business Administration and Economics" or "Governance and Public Policy" program and should have a clear focus on economics (high number of ECTS in economics) in their studies. In particular the successful completion of the courses "Makroökonomik offener Volkswirtschaften" (Open Economy Macroeconomics), "International Economics" and a seminar at our chair are highly recommended.
In some exceptional cases, students enrolled in "International Cultural and Business Studies" may also qualify. However, it is your own responsibility to ensure that your examination regulations permit writing a thesis at an economics chair.
A Bachelor's thesis in the field of International Economics requires good knowledge of the material covered in the courses "Makroökonomik offener Volkswirtschaften" and "International Economics". It will always be based on recent scientific contributions and requires the student to apply his/her knowledge acquired in previous courses to a specific topic in International Economics. Newspaper articles and popular science contributions may well serve to motivate the analysis, but they are by no means sufficient to serve as major sources. The main sources will always be recent papers in international peer-reviewed journals.
Both theoretical and empirical topics are available.
You are highly encouraged to write your thesis in English as this is the scientific standard in economics. We appreciate any thesis written in English and of course your language skills will not be graded as long as the thesis is comprehensible.
Topics and Procedure
The topics for the final theses you can find here.
Until December 2021, applications are possible on a monthly basis (next application deadline: Dec. 1, 2021).
|Application||Topic Assignment||Formal Registration|
|1st of the month||middle of the month||middle of the month|
Note: the application procedure is going to change. Starting in 2022, there are going to be four application rounds:
|round 1||round 2||round 3||round 4|
28.01. – 04.02.
22.04. – 29.04.
08.07. – 15.07.
14.10. – 21.10.
|topic assignment||mid February||mid May||end of July||beginning of November|
|formal registration||end of February||end of May||mid August||mid November|
After the formal registration you have 8 weeks time to work on your theses. Note that you will receive an official letter from the examination office indicating the exact deadline for handing in.
Every three weeks, the Chair organizes a Bachelor colloquium. While working on their thesis, students are required to attend these colloquia. Each student will present his or her work on two of these meetings. The first presentation will be 3 weeks after the formal registration. The final presentation will be 2 weeks before handing in.