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Master Thesis

As indicated in the Module Table, the Master Thesis will be credited with 30 credit points and should be completed in a time equivalent to ONE SEMESTER (six months). The thesis work can start any time after you have accumulated more than 60 credit points. Within the six month all Master Thesis work must be completed including experiments, data analysis and writing. Thus, in order to complete this work in time, your supervisor will provide you a project that is doable in the given six months time frame. To ensure the time limits register for your Master Thesis work before you start.


We have the possibility that the work for the Master Thesis can also be completed in an external research institution. However, the external Master Thesis will not be organized by the program coordinator but by the student. Before starting an external thesis, you must contact the head of the examination committee or the program coordinator for preliminary approval. Also, you will need a co-reviewer within the University of Bonn M.Sc. Plant Sciences program (besides the external supervisor) who has experience in the field of your thesis.

The reviewer(s) should complete the evaluation of the Master Thesis within 8 weeks.

The registration form for the Master Thesis can be found here: Registration-Masterthesis-Work-Plant-Sciences

There you will find all the instructions how to write your thesis.



  • Your submission package must include three (3) printed copies of your thesis.


  • Your submission package must also include one (1) digital copy (PDF file) - identical with the printed version - on a compact disc (CD) or SD card (32mm x 24mm) attached to one of the three printed copies. (Digital copies are not mandatory for students that started 2019 or before)
  • Your thesis must contain the signed affirmation as mentioned in the appendix of the thesis registration form.

  • Submit your thesis to the IZMB business office (Kirschallee 1, 2.015, Ms. Krüger). Consider to make an appointment fitting business hours. In case of external thesis work, please also provide contact details of the external supervisor. The business office will send the thesis to the two reviewers.
  • You must be enrolled for the semester in which you submit your thesis. E.g. If you submit 1st October or later you must be enrolled for the winter term. If you submit in September and the review and evaluation goes on into October you must not be enrolled for the winter term  - as long as your thesis work will get a passing grad (4.0 or better). 
  • If your submission deadline is on a weekend, holiday, or institutional vacation period (e.g. Christmas to New Year):

       - Consider to submit earlier
       - Submit/sent the submission package by traditional mail before the deadline (postmark no later than deadline)
       - Submit by direct deposit in the IZMB institutes’ mail box (beside IZMB left entrance) no later than the day of the deadline

  • The time to issue the master certificate can take up to twelve (12) weeks:

       - The reviewers have 6 -8 weeks to complete the thesis evaluation
       - Typically 1-2 weeks after evaluation receipt documents are generated
       - It takes additional 1-2 weeks to have the documents signed and sealed by the dean’s office
       - You will be notified by the IZMB business office when you can pick up your documents


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