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MA thesis

The MA thesis can be written in one of the following subject areas: Synchronic Linguistics (module WP 38), Diachronic Linguistics (module WP 39), Literature and Culture (module WP 40) or TEFL (module WP 41). The final modules WP 38-41 comprise the MA thesis and the MA Defense ("Disputation"), i.e. an oral exam on the MA thesis.

New regulations on MA thesis registration from Winter Term 2021/22 onwards:

From now on (i.e. registration for writing the thesis in winter term 2021/22 or later), there will be two different registration periods for different groups of MA students:
- students who complete the MA programme within the recommended 4 semesters ("Regelstudienzeit"), i.e. who follow the recommendation in the checklist, register for the thesis as usual at the end of the term break (= registration period 2), and submit at submission date 2
- students who write their thesis in semester 5 or later register earlier, in registration period 1 (= ! usually at the very beginning of the term break), and submit at submission date 1.

Please contact the supervisor you would like to write your thesis with BEFORE registration period 1, even if you can register in the later registration period 2. This is essential because supervisors can, overall, only take a limited number of candidates.

More information on the MA thesis and the registration periods can be found on the PAGS website.

Please also consult our information sheet for an overview of the most important steps.


FAQs

When do I have to write the MA thesis?

Who supervises MA theses?

How do I get my topic for the MA thesis?

When and how do I register for the MA thesis? When and how do I register for the defense ("Disputation")?

How much time do I have for writing the MA thesis? When do I have to hand in?

How long is the MA thesis supposed to be?

How does submission work?

What if I fail the MA thesis?

What if I get ill during the writing period (or cannot work for other reasons)?

Can I unregister from the MA thesis?

When do I have to write the MA thesis?

  • semester recommended by the PStO for writing the MA thesis: 4th (regular) semester
  • semester in which the MA thesis has to be registered for/written at the latest: 5th (regular) semester

Please note that there are two different registration periods (registration period 2 if you register at the end of the 3rd semester, registration period 1 if you register at the end of your 4th or a later (regular) semester), see above.

Who supervises MA theses?

  • in Linguistics:
Dr. Christine Elsweiler
Prof. Dr. Stephanie Hackert
Prof. Dr. Ursula Lenker (information on writing the thesis with Prof. Lenker)
Prof. Dr. Hans-Jörg Schmid

  • in Literature and Culture:

Prof. Dr. Ingo Berensmeyer
Prof. Dr. Tobias Döring
PD Dr. Irmtraud Huber
PD Dr. Daniella Jancso
Prof. Dr. Helge Nowak
Dr. Georgina Nugent-Folan
Apl. Prof. Dr. Enno Ruge

  • in TEFL/English Language Teaching:
Prof. Dr. Christiane Lütge

Please contact the university teacher by whom you would like to be supervised well before the registration period - the number of candidates that a teacher can supervise is limited and the topic areas have to fit the respective supervisor's areas of expertise/interest. If you intend to write your thesis in TEFL, it is highly recommended to contact Prof. Lütge very early (ideally at least one year in advance).

How do I get the topic for my MA thesis?

  • the (exact) topic is set by the supervisor and is announced on the first day of the writing period (usually directly by the supervisor and/or the coordinator of the study programme; some time later, the topic can also be seen in LSF in the section "List of exams registered for")
  • it is possible (and highly recommended) to talk with the supervisor about possible topics/topic areas in advance to thesis registration; please contact your supervisor well before the registration period

When and how do I register for the MA thesis? When and how do I register for the defense ("Disputation")?

  • please use this registration form to register in the registration period that is defined for your semester; the exact procedure is as follows:
  1. Please fill in the top part of the form and sign at "Unterschrift des/der Studierenden"
  2. Hand the form over to your supervisor (either in person in an office hour or by postal mail). The supervisor will then enter the topic, sign and stamp the form
  3. Ask your supervisor to hand the form on to Dr. Günther, and to do so during the registration period (Friday noon at the latest).

Online-procedure during the Covid19-pandemic:

  1. Please fill in the top part of the form and sign at "Unterschrift des/der Studierenden"
  2. E-Mail a scan / a digital version of the signed (!) form to your supervisor
  3. Ask your supervisor to complete the form and to e-mail the completed form in the registration week (Friday noon at the latest) to franziska.guenther@anglistik.uni-muenchen.de
  • There is no separate registration for the defense (Disputation). Your supervisor will contact you about this once he/she has marked your thesis.

How much time do I have to write the MA thesis? When do I have to hand in?

  • the writing period is 20 weeks
  • the submission deadline is announced on the PAGS website

Please note the information above on different registration periods and different submission deadlines (registration period/submission deadline 2 für students who register at the end of their 3rd semester, registration period/submission deadline 1 for students who register at the end of their 4th or a later semester).

How long is the MA thesis supposed to be?

  • 60.000 - max. 90.000 characters (without spaces; the title sheet, table of contents, list of references and appendix are not counted)

How does submission work?

  • you need to hand in two bound print copies (together with the title sheet and declaration of plagiarism). The copies are to be handed in in person at PAGS; up-to-date information on the submission procedure during the Covid19-pandemic can be found on the PAGS website; please check the PAGS website regularly
  • some supervisors want students to submit an additional electronic copy by E-Mail; please ask your supervisor about this

What happens if I fail the MA thesis?

  • the MA thesis can be repeated once
  • the second try has to be done in the semester which directly follows the first (failed) attempt

What if I get ill during the writing period (or cannot work for other reasons)?

  • please contact the PAGS (Frau Jäckle) as early as possible
  • if you are ill or cannot work for other (valid) reasons during less than half of the writing period (i.e. for less than 10 weeks), you can apply for an extension of the writing period; information on the documents needed to do so (e.g. medical certificate) is provided by the PAGS
  • if you are ill or cannot work for other (valid) reasons during more than half of the writing period (i.e. for more than 10 weeks), your registration for the MA thesis can be cancelled; information on the documents needed to do so (e.g. medical certificate) is provided by the PAGS

Can I unregister from the MA thesis?

  • it is not possible to unregister for reasons other than illness (or comparable reasons accepted as valid by the PAGS; see above)

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