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Thesis at the at the professorship microeconomics

Thank you for your interest in writing your thesis at our Professorship of Microeconomics!

Here you will find all the information you need to successfully organise a thesis at our professorship and to be able to understand what we expect from you.

Ideally, but not necessarily(!), you have previously attended a seminar or an elective course of our professorship (You can find an overview on the main page of the teaching program).

The aim of the thesis is to introduce you to your own scientific work. There are, of course, gradual differences between Bachelor's and Master's thesis with regard to the requirements for your own work.

In order to successfully complete a thesis at our professorship, you must fulfil the following tasks:

  • Observance of our rules for "scientific work"
    • Details under Scientific work
    • The rules contain information on the form and content of the thesis as well as the defence presentation and the exposé (the latter only for BA WiWi in the project seminar)
  • Project seminar (compulsory only in the Bachelor of Business and Economics, details below in the schedule)
    • Preparation of an exposé (4-5 pages) on the topic of the final thesis
    • Presentation on the findings of the exposé (15 min. presentation + discussion)
    • Graded (75% exposé, 25% presentation)
  • Final paper
    • Length, processing time and grading weighting according to your study regulations (information can be found here)
    • You are welcome to write your thesis (and presentation) in German or English
  • Defence lecture
    • Length, processing time and grading weighting according to your study regulations (information can be found here)
    • If there are no requirements on the part of the examination regulations, the length is: 25 min. presentation + 5 min. discussion

If you have any organisational concerns regarding your final thesis (forms, deadlines, ...), please contact our office at mik.wiwitu-dortmundde.

Bachelor

If you would like to write your Bachelor’s thesis at our professorship, you can apply with the following documents:

  • Bachelor’s application form
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Current overview of grades
  • Short topic suggestion:
    • ca. ½ A4 page
    • Outline the topics that interest you. You may already have a specific idea or leading questions in mind.

Please send the documents in one (!) PDF file to mik.wiwitu-dortmundde. You will receive an acceptance or rejection within two weeks of receipt of your application. In case of acceptance, you will narrow down the topic of your thesis in subsequent talks with your supervisor. Once the final topic is agreed upon, you will need to provide an exposé within two/three weeks, which will be subsequently presented and discussed with your supervisor. Upon approval of the exposé, you can officially apply for your Bachelor’s thesis. Keep in mind that a certain number of ECTS in completed modules is needed in order to do so:

  • Business and Economics: 120 ECTS (BA)
  • Industrial Engineering: 165 ECTS (BA)
  • Business mathematics: 120 ECTS (BA)

After two weeks the writing period of the Bachelor thesis starts. In addition to writing the thesis, you will then have to prepare an outline including a first insight into your main research question and a following presentation containing those. At this point, the project seminar is completed (if applicable, see below).

Afterwards you will continue writing your thesis guided via frequent meetings with your supervisor.

The thesis colloquium is scheduled for approximately four weeks after handing in the thesis via EXABase. You will then receive your overall grade.

Note that all these steps should help you in writing your thesis. If there are any serious problems concerning the content of the thesis or (especially) regarding the meeting of deadlines, please inform us immediately so we can provide you the best kind of support.

The module “project seminar” includes all work steps from first meeting to narrow down the subject area to presentation of thesis outline (see roadmap). These steps are inherent parts of the thesis. You apply automatically for this module once you received the acceptance for the Bachelor’s application form. Students of Business and Economics will obtain a grade after the step presentation of thesis outline. The project seminar is then passed.

Master

If you would like to write your Master’s thesis at our professorship, you can apply with the following documents:

  • Master’s application form
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Current overview of grades
  • Short topic suggestion:
    • ca. ½ A4 page

Please send the documents in one (!) PDF file to mik.wiwitu-dortmundde. You will receive an acceptance or rejection within two weeks of receipt of your application. In case of acceptance, you will narrow down the topic of your thesis in subsequent talks with your supervisor following a five-week period providing and presenting/discussing a first insight/exposé into your topic. Upon approval of the exposé, you can apply for the Master thesis. Keep in mind that a certain number of ECTS is needed in completed modules in order to do so:

    • Business and Economics: 60 ECTS
    • Industrial Engineering: 40 ECTS
    • Business mathematics: 60 ECTS

After two weeks the writing period of the Master thesis starts.

The thesis colloquium is scheduled for approximately four weeks after handing in the thesis via EXABase. You will then receive your overall grade.

If there are any serious problems concerning the content of the thesis or (especially) regarding the meeting of deadlines, please inform us immediately so we can provide you the best kind of support.

Current thesis topics

You can write both theoretical and empirical theses at our department. You are welcome to approach us with your own topic ideas in the field of microeconomics. We also offer topics on the following subfields of microeconomics, among others:

  • Applied game theory
  • Behavioural economics, especially decision-making under uncertainty and behavioural economics of the public sector
  • Models of wage bargaining, especially with expectations
  • Personnel economics
  • Regional economics, especially structural change
  • Economics of information and digitalisation
  • Competition and rivalry in political economy and industrial economics

Organisational information

Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus North to Campus South by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus North and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

Street navigation from and to the TU Dortmund University:

OpenStreetMap Routing Machine

The document and the graphic represent the motorways and federal highways around the TU Dortmund University in a very simplified way:

Environment map (PDF)

Environment map (graphic)

This interactive map helps you find and navigate between facilities and buildings on campus:

Interactive campus map

This document contains a simple campus map in German and English:

Campus map (PDF)