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 with the following documents:

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

  • Above average grades 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
  • When sending your documents to Prof. Welfens please follow this standard to name your files: YourName_Master_YourTopic or, respectively, YourName_Bachelor_YourTopic

Suggested Topics:

Prof. Welfens

  • Globalization
  • IKT
  • Environment, Climate Protection and Sustainability

David Hanrahan

  • Economic Integration
  • Digitalisation

Alina Wilke

  • Renewable Energies (especially small-scale wind farming)
  • Agricultural Economics

Tian Xiong

  • Direct Investment
  • Innovation and Growth
  • Belt and Road Initiative
  • Internationalization of Chinese Firms

Tobias Zander

  • Direct Investment
  • Corruption
  • Sustainability

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

A thesis cannot be submitted as a group effort. The Bachelor theses usually comprise 40-50 pages of text and Master theses 60-70 pages of text.

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.

A guideline to the format requirements can be found HERE. A template for your colloquium presentation can be found HERE.

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