Master Thesis and Defensio

Master Thesis

Upon successful completion, the Master Thesis counts for 16 ECTS units and attests to the student’s ability to independently work on a chosen scientific topic in a scientifically acceptable frame with regards to content and methodology.

Students must bear in mind that:

  • The workload of the thesis should allow the students to complete their work within half a year. 
  • The topic must be chosen from one of the compulsory modules. If this is not possible, an agreement with the scientific director is necessary.



After successful completion of the Master Thesis, a Defensio must be held. Up to this point, all other modules of the master course must be successfully completed. The Defensio includes an oral presentation of the thesis followed by a discussion of the broad scientific topic and thesis. The Defensio will be graded by the board of examiners (scientific director of the course, thesis supervisor and a further lecturer from the Master Course). The Defensio counts for 1 ECTS unit.