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Prof. Dr. Paul J.J. Welfens
Lehrstuhl für Volkswirtschaftslehre
Makroökonomische Theorie und Politik
Bergische Universität Wuppertal

Gaußstr. 20
Gebäude M-12.09
D-42119 Wuppertal

Tel: +49-(0)202-439 3171
Fax: +49-(0)202-439 3177

Forschung / EIIW

Europäisches Institut für Internationale Wirtschaftsbeziehungen e.V.
EIIW an der Bergischen Universität Wuppertal
Prof. Dr. Paul J.J. Welfens

Campus Freudenberg
Rainer-Gruenter-Str. 21
D-42119 Wuppertal

Tel: +49 - (0)202 - 439 - 1371
Fax: +49 - (0)202 - 439 - 1377



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In order to guarantee a close supervision of theses in progress and a timely correction of theses submitted, the number of theses accepted for supervision at the Chair is limited! Students interested in writing a thesis at the Chair of Prof. Welfens are required to apply as follows:


  • A brief introductory letter
  • An overview of the proposed topics, research question and methodology (ca. 1-2 pages)
  • A tabular CV / Resumé (1 page)
  • An overview of grades to date


Please submit the documents as PDFs by email with the subject line "Request for supervision of Bachelor/Master Thesis" to welfens{at} If you have a specific supervisor already in mind, you can include this person in CC and address the application to them directly.

Applications will only be considered if the following conditions are met:


  • Above average grade(s) in Macroeconomics
  • At least one course (lecture/seminar - with exception of VWL I) must have been completed at the Chair or Prof. Welfens
  • The overview of the proposed thesis must show a solid theoretical background


The deadline for applications relating to theses to be completed during the Summer Semester ends on 30 April. For theses being written during the Winter Semester, the deadline is 31 October. Within two weeks of the deadline, the decision regarding acceptance for supervision will be made and communicated to students. if the student does not accept the offer within a further two weeks, another student may be offered the place.

Please note, please bring the registration form with you (only for students of business and economics) when you register your thesis.



The assignment of topics is as follows:

International Relations:

Foreign Trade                                                  Baier

Trade Agreements (TTIP, CETA, etc.)           Korus

Direct Investment                                        Baier / Xiong

Globalization                                               Welfens

EU and Eurozone                                     Welfens / Kadiric


Economic Development in General:

Economic Growth                                     Udalov

Innovation and Economic Growth                Xiong


Specific Economic Sector:

Energy                                                   Udalov

ICT                                                        Welfens / Yushkova


Financial Market Development                       Kadiric


Environment and Sustainability                     Welfens / Udalov


Monetary policy/exchange rates                    Korus


Internationalization of Chinese Companies

The Belt and Road Initiative                           Xiong



Theses cannot be submitted as a group effort. The Bachelor theses usually comprise 40-50 pages of text, Diploma theses about 80 pages and Master theses 80-90 pages of text. Furthermore, recommendations must be followed, as applicable to the preparation of papers at the chair.

All Bachelor and Master graduates according to the new Studien-/Prüfungsordnungen are required to make an appointment for the final colloquium with our office. This date should be one to two weeks before submitting the final thesis.

It often happens that in theses (comparative) country case studies are included. We strongly recommend using more relevant sources such as the OECD, the IMF or the World Bank and not by the Foreign Office, Wikipedia etc.