Information about bachelor theses at the Institute for Accounting, Auditing and Analysis
We are pleased about your interest in writing a bachelor thesis at our institute. Please read the following information carefully and completely!
General information about bachelor theses at our institute
The number of supervised theses depends on the free capacities at our institute. If the number of applications exceeds our capacities, we will select applicants according to their academic performance, their specialisation courses and the quality of their topic proposals (if applicable).
We recommend the attendance of the following courses offered by us for writing a bachelor thesis at our institute:
- Unternehmensrechnung (ABWL) and at least one of the following two courses
- International Accounting (Lecture and Tutorial) or
- Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation (Lecture and Tutorial)
The participation in our seminar Accounting, Auditing and Analysis is explicitly desired.
The confirmation of supervision expires, if a student does not respond within one week after it has been sent out to him. Applications that were not accepted during one period will not be carried forward to the next period. Thus, if a student is still interested in writing a thesis at our chair, he or she has to apply again before the next application deadline.
Theses at our institute can be written in English or German.
Please consider the formal requirements of our institute when writing your thesis.
Procedure of the Bachelor thesis
Please consider the following information about the procedure of Bachelor theses at the Institute for Accounting, Auditing and Analysis:
Before Registration: When applying for a bachelor thesis at our institute, please state at least two topic preferences. You can choose them from the tasks that are provided in our topic pool. Alternatively, you can suggest own topics and research questions. In case you decide to suggest one or several own topics, please write a paragraph that explains the motivation, research question and the research methodology of your project idea. Further, please add at least two relevant sources (such as research papers from leading academic journals like the Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Accounting Research, The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Review of Accounting Studies, European Accounting Review or Accounting, Organizations and Society) in order to prove the relevance of your idea. We recommend that you actively search for topics in the research fields of our research assistants (please refer to each assistant's profile). Please note that we can only consider your own topic suggestions if you include them in your application. If you have topic-related questions, please contact Dr. Katharina Weiß. In case of administrative questions, pleas contact the institute's management (Evelyn Gräfin Pachta). We will try to consider your preferences, but cannot guarantee that you will receive one of your preferences.
Application: You can apply for a bachelor thesis at six dates (01.01., 01.03., 01.05., 01.07., 01.09., 01.11.) each year via our online tool. In your application, please state the title(s) of the tasks from the topic pool that you prefer. Please also send the following documents to email@example.com via email: grade record (which also confirms your successful participation in the seminar - we highly recommend that you visited the seminar on "Accounting, Auditing & Analysis"), CV, and the before-mentioned additional information on your own project ideas (if applicable).
Confirmation of Supervision: After a review of your application, you will receive a confirmation or decline of supervision. In case of a confirmation, you will be assigned to a supervisor. Please contact your supervisor and schedule a first personal meeting with him or her (which will be scheduled the following week). In this meeting, you supervisor will inform you about the thesis topic you were assigned to and discuss it with you. Within one week after this meeting, you are supposed to formulate a proposal about your topic which should cover the research question, its motivation and relevance, and the research methodology you plan to apply. In a second meeting with your supervisor, you will receive feedback on your proposal, after which your thesis will be officially registered with the ISC. The date of this second meeting is the official starting date of your thesis, so you will have 8 more weeks to submit your thesis. With this approach we can ensure that all bachelor students start their thesis in the same calendar week and it is not possible to register it with a different starting point. In case you do not receive a confirmation of supervision, you are invited to apply for a thesis in the following period.
Thesis colloquium: About two weeks after the official starting date of your bachelor thesis we offer you a voluntary bachelor colloquium all students currently writing a thesis at our chair can participate in. The goal of the voluntary colloquium is that you can show the status quo of your work and receive feedback on it. Each student will be given 30 minutes for presentation and discussion. After four weeks (so around six after the official starting date), the mandatory bachelor colloquium will take place, in which all students currently writing a thesis at our chair have to participate. The goal of the mandatory colloquium is to let students present the status quo of their thesis (with a clear focus on the structure and the methodological approach). The presentation shall last 15 minutes, after which an additional 15 minutes can be used for asking questions and receiving feedback.
Further working period: Of course you can ask questions during the next weeks of your working period. Please contact your responsible research assistant.
Submission: You have to submit your thesis in duplicate and in an electronic format by 12am. Please note the information provided by the ISC with regard to the electronic registration of theses.
The following graph gives you an overview of the time frame of your Bachelor thesis: