The requirements for writing a thesis at the chair can be found in the examination guidelines applicable to your studies.
The preparation of a Bachelor's or Master's thesis at the also requires that at least one of the Bachelor's or Master's courses offered at the chair and the respective seminar "Academic methods for preparation of the Bachelor's thesis" or "Academic methods for preparation of the Master’s thesis" are attended.
Seminars "Academic methods for preparation of the Bachelor's thesis" and "Academic methods for preparation of the Master’s thesis"
When writing a Bachelor's or Master's theses, certain content-related and formal requirements must be considered. The respective seminar provides an overview of these requirements applicable at our chair.
Participation in the seminar is mandatory for writing a thesis at the chair. As the contents of the seminar may vary from time to time and in order to grant equal rights to all students, it is predefined that the respective seminar must be attended in the same semester in which the thesis is written. The seminars will take place on different appointments in the first weeks of the semester and will probably contain the following contents (subject to change): Practical applications (literature analysis, citation, presentation).
You can find the dates at UnivIS.
To write a thesis at the Chair for Supply Chain Management, an application via our web form is required.
Deadline for thesis in summer semester: 28.02.
Deadline for thesis in winter semester: 30.09.
Please also consider current announcements of the chair. The application automatically represents a registration for the respective seminar.
If the number of applications exceeds the supervision capacity of the chair, the chair reserves the right to make a qualitative selection of the applications.
In case of an initiative topic or a practical thesis in cooperation with a company, the topic must be presented in a 2-3 page exposé (continuous text, excluding cover sheet and bibliography). An initiative topic or a practical thesis must be in line with a concrete research topic of the chair or with the research focus of one of the research associates (see here).
The exposé should include the following:
- 1) Introduction and explanation of how the proposed topic fits into a research focus of the chair (approx. 0.5 pages).
- 2) Possible theoretical foundations of the topic (approx. 0.5 - 1 page)
- 3) Methodology/approach to answer the research question (approx. 0.5 - 1 page)
- 4) Expected results for science and practice (approx. 0.5 pages)
A topic-related decision on the supervision of an initiative topic or a practical thesis is made. Depending on the specific topic, a supervisor for the thesis will be assigned accordingly and communicated before the seminar.
A confirmation of supervision will be given after the application deadline. All further information will be communicated in the seminar.
Basically, a student applies with his/ her thesis application for the preparation of a pre-defined, initiative or practical topic at the Chair for SCM.
Topics, which are proposed by the chair, are based on the specific research topics of the chair or on the individual research focus of the research associates (see here).
In case of an initiative topic or a practical thesis in cooperation with a company, the topic of the thesis has to be presented in a 2-3 page exposé. Further information can be found under the issue "Application”.
A topic-related decision is made about the supervision of a practical thesis or an initiative topic. Depending on the choice of topic, the supervisor for the thesis is assigned accordingly and communicated before the seminar.
After the selection process, students receive an acceptance or rejection notification to write a thesis at the chair. An invitation to attend the seminar “Academic methods for preparation of the Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis” goes hand in hand with an acceptance notification.
Topics, which are proposed by the chair, will be presented on the first date of the seminar. After attending the first date of the seminar, students should send a preference list (topic preference 1, topic preference 2, topic preference 3) via mail to abschlussarbeiten.bwl-scm(at)uni-bamberg.de, so that the proposed topics can be assigned among the students. With the assignment, the respective supervisor will be announced at the same time. The chair will try to assign you a topic according to your preferences, but in rare exceptional cases you may be assigned to a topic outside your preferences. Students working on a practical thesis with a company do not need to send a topic preference list. You will also be notified of your supervisor in the assignments process.
After attending the 1st appointment of the seminar " “Academic methods for preparation of the Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis”, the final theses are registered with the examination office within a fixed period of time (approx. 4 weeks). In principle, students who would like to write their thesis at the chair have to take the seminar in the same semester. The respective supervisor decides on the final date of registration. The time required to complete the Bachelor's thesis is usually two months (information provided by the examination office should be given priority). After submission of the Bachelor thesis, a disputation takes place in which the results of the thesis are presented in approx. 20 minutes and a Q&A session of approx. 10 minutes takes place. A Master's thesis takes four months to complete (information from the examinations office should be given priority). Towards the middle of the working time, a colloquium takes place (ca. 20 min.), in which the methodology, first results and the further procedure are presented. Finally, there will be a Q&A session of about 10 minutes.
In case of any questions, please do not hesitate to contact: abschlussarbeiten.bwl-scm(at)uni-bamberg.de