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A good master for a successful academic career

Of course, for a successful degree at a university, the final exam is best passed very well. When the master’s program finally comes to an end, the student can provide his knowledge and proof of achievement in writing. The aspiring master has to prove that he actually knows his field very well and can work independently. In addition, a master’s thesis is to confirm that the high standards in the department can be met. This includes, for example, that you can solve more complicated tasks and also have an optimal time management. Furthermore, it should emerge from the work that scientific definitions as well as theories as well as research hypotheses can be independently verified.

The structure and content of a master’s thesis must be correct

Components and structure of the master thesis

Title page / cover page (university name, subject area, study program, title, name of supervisor, own name, matriculation number, deadline, contact information)

Abstract in German and English

Table of contents (content structure)

List of abbreviations (explanation of technical abbreviations)

List of Figures / Table List (Listings of all used figures and tables)

Acknowledgment and foreword (optional)

Introduction / derivation on the topic> Research question, research objective (arouse curiosity in the reader)

Main part / Empirical part> Fundamental chapters, methodology chapter, results (technical background should be explained)

Final section with recommendations for action, conclusion / conclusion and outlook> Reflection (summary of results)

Bibliography and source list (list of references in alphabetical order)

Affidavit (Declaration of honor)

Appendix> Data, graphics, tables, maps (material used is presented here)

Remember: The title page does not receive a page number. The pages for the list of contents, abbreviations and bibliographies should be numbered with Roman numerals. For the main text, which is usually between 70 and 75 pages long, Arabic numerals are used. A standard page has about 1800 characters (one and a half lines) and has a correction margin of about 7 centimeters. The classification takes place – starting with the introduction and ending with the result – according to the classical method on a maximum of seven levels: A. I. 1. a) aa) (1) (a). It is important that at least one other is inserted at the same level per inserted bullet point (ie: A., B., I., II. …, 1., 2. …, a), b) … et cetera).

Important: The outline itself does not appear as a separate outline point! Incidentally, a list of abbreviations is only necessary if the abbreviations used would go beyond the usual and known terminology. Otherwise, a reference to a common list of abbreviations at the end of the bibliography suffices. The bibliography should include all literature cited in the paper. The division can be done either in alphabetical order or according to literary genres. An alphabetical order also makes it easier for the reader to find a specific work in the bibliography. For sources from the Internet, it is important to note the last call.

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