Master Thesis

Guidelines to prepare a Master Thesis

The guidelines summarize the procedures to be followed by students planning to write a thesis for their master degree. They discuss prerequisites, administrative and organizational issues as well as time constraints. Moreover, students find guidance about structure and elements generally contained in a Master Thesis.

These guidelines come along with helpful appendices (also available as a docx file from your supervisor):

  • Appendix 1: Application for admission to the Master Thesis (in German as "Antrag auf Zulassung zur Masterarbeit" with English translation)
  • Appendix 2: Grading scheme for a Master Thesis
  • Appendix 3: Layout of the title page
  • Appendix 4: Example for a table of contents

Titles of completed Master Theses

  • Environmental importance of lacustrine sediment from Biển Hồ maar lake, Pleiku, central Vietnam
  • Human and climatic impact on lacustrine sediments from Lake Funda (Flores Island, Portugal) – A geochemical and mineralogical analysis of the last 1200 years
  • Tephrochronology and paleoenvironmental reconstruction of the Fucino Basin (Central Apennines, Italy) between MIS 5e and MIS 6
  • Multi-Objective Optimization of a Global Glacier Mass Balance Model
  • Sea-Level Rise-Induced Increase of the Extreme Event Frequency in Southern Florida and its Impact on the Exposed Population
  • Climate variability in Labrador, Canada, during the past 1500 years: Evidence from a high-resolution palynological record from Lake Melville
  • Isotopic composition of specific carbonates in freshwater lakes as a climate proxy
  • Arctic Soils in a Warming Climate: Plot-scale Changes of CO2 Fluxes after 5 Years of Experimental Warming
  • Reconstruction of environmental changes during the last 80ka based on sedimentological investigations from the Yermak Plateau
  • Fagus sylvatica L. at its Physiological Limits? On the Influence of Location Parameters on Tree Species Distribution in a Strict Forest Reserve in Northwest Germany
  • Interdisciplinary investigations on pingo remnants as environmental archives: a Late Pleistocene-Holocene paleoenvironmental study of northwestern Germany
  • Oxygen and carbon isotopes in subfossil tree rings - potential climate proxies?
  • Multi-Proxy Analysis of a Late Glacial-to-Holocene Sediment Sequence from Lake Melville, Canada