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FAQ

All information regarding the admission process for the University of Graz can be found in the Admission Guide.

  • There are no guidelines as to when you can start writing your master's thesis. Theoretically, you could start working on it in your first semester.
  • However, it makes sense to make a start on writing your thesis only towards the end of your studies when you have already acquired academic writing skills and the necessary specialist knowledge for a thesis.
  • It is recommended that you set the estimated duration of writing (often 2-3 semesters, in principle a topic should however be manageable within 6 months) in such a way that it coincides with the completion of your last necessary achievements as you must have completed all examinations in order to be able to take the master’s examination.

Most students decide on a topic first and then look for a supervisor who researches and teaches in that subject area.
Some institutes or lecturers may also offer topics on which students can choose to write their thesis.

The topic of the master's thesis can be taken from one of the subjects specified in the curriculum or has to be meaningfully related to one of these subjects.
You are free to propose the topic or to choose from a number of suggestions from the supervisors available.

Every member of the teaching staff with a teaching qualification (venia legendi), who has an ongoing employment relationship with the University of Graz, may supervise a thesis.
Teaching staff without a teaching qualification may only act as thesis supervisors in exceptional cases. Such exceptional cases require the approval of the (vice) dean of studies.

The subject for which a member of the teaching staff has a teaching qualification is listed on the business card of the person concerned in UNIGRAZonline.
If you are not sure whether someone has a teaching qualification, you can ask at the relevant office.
In principle, teaching staff with the following titles have a teaching qualification: o.Univ.-Prof. /in; ao.Univ.-Prof. /in; Univ.-Prof. /in; tit.Univ.-Prof. /in; Univ.-Doz. /in; Priv.-Doz. /in; Assoz.-Prof. /in

Teaching staff with a teaching qualification

The best course of action to do is to discuss possible thesis supervision during the office hours of the person in question.
If this is not possible, you can also contact them via e-mail.
For the first meeting, some members of the teaching staff ask for a brief thesis concept outlining your project – this should be clarified in advance.
If the member of the teaching staff is not habilitated, but you think they would be the most suitable person to support you for the thesis, you must first ask them whether he or she is willing to be your supervisor and then apply for approval.

Only in exceptional cases. Such exceptional cases require the approval of the (vice) dean of studies.

No.

Yes. The degree programme must not be closed under any circumstances.
You may apply for a leave of absence (Academic Affairs office).
Please note: If you do not pay the Students' Union (ÖH) fee (and the tuition fee if required) during this time, you will not be registered for the degree programme and, in the worst case scenario, may be transferred to another curriculum version!

It is recommended that you first clarify this with the respective (vice) dean of studies.
If you do not know who the (vice) dean of studies responsible for you, please ask at the dean's office.

Yes.
However, it must be clearly discernible who wrote which part of the thesis so that all students involved can be assessed separately.
Furthermore, the supervisor must agree to this.

The recommended length of a master’s thesis is between 80 to 120 text pages.
You must observe all required formal conventions (e.g. citation and reference techniques, correct and detailed citation, etc.).
The pages of the thesis must be numbered to the last printed page ‒ see plagiarism check.

ÖNorm excerpt (pdf) (only in German)

You can submit your master’s thesis whenever you want, there are no guidelines as long as you have properly announced the topic of the master's thesis beforehand.

No.

You must first upload your thesis + abstracts (in German and English) to UNIGRAZonline under “My theses”.
Once you have uploaded your thesis online, you can then submit the hard-cover print version of your thesis including all necessary documents (form for submission, curriculum vitae, current record of studies, 3x abstracts in German and 3x in English) to the dean's office.
You can find step-by-step instructions for this process here.

Your thesis is graded by your respective supervisor.
Please note: The supervisor may take up to two months to assess your thesis!

As soon as you have submitted your master's thesis, you may register for the master’s examination by submitting the registration form to the institute where the thesis was written.
However, the examination may only take place once all courses as well as the master's thesis have been positively assessed.

Before the master’s examination, you must submit all protocols to the institute responsible for you so they can be checked for correctness.
Please note: There are exceptions!

The date of the master’s examination is decided by you together with the examining committee and the institute.
The examining committee consists of:

  • Chairperson (determined by the institute)
  • Examiner for the first examination subject / subject of the master's thesis (supervisor of the master's thesis)
  • Examiner for the second examination subject (chosen by yourself, examination subject to be agreed)

You have the right to propose examiners for the examining committee (registration for the master’s examination).
The examining committee is appointed with the signature of the respective (vice) dean of studies.

By law, the supervisor may take up to two months to assess your thesis.
At least 4 weeks must pass between the submission of the master's thesis (submission to the dean's office) and the master's examination.
The assessment report must be submitted to the dean's office at least 2 weeks before the date of the master’s examination by the supervisor (this period may be within the 4 week period mentioned above).

If the master’s examination is completed by the end of the respective grace period (in winter semester by April 30 and summer semester by November 30), you do not have to enrol for the following semester.
Nevertheless, we recommend continuing to enrol in order to be on the safe side.
If you have an enrolment for another semester and pay the associated ÖH (and also possibly the tuition) fees, you can request a reimbursement from the Academic Affairs office as long as the master’s examination was successfully completed within the grace period.
Please note: The grace period does not apply to expiring curricula! The examination must be taken before the curriculum expires (the exact expiration date can be found on the record of studies – UNIGRAZonline / Confirmation of registration).

Chairperson: The chairperson is determined by the institute (if the first and second examiners are habilitated, the chairperson does not have to be habilitated)

First examiner: The supervisor of the master's thesis is the first examiner. The first examiner must be habilitated unless an exemption has been granted in advance by the dean of studies.

Second examiner: The second examiner is chosen based on one of the other examination subjects.
The second examiner must also be habilitated.
To check whether a member of the teaching staff is habilitated and has a teaching qualification, see the FAQ.

The examination takes about one hour. The chairperson starts the examination and briefly explains the process.
You will then be examined for about 30 minutes per examination subject.
Once you have been examined on both subjects, you must leave the room briefly so that the examining committee can discuss your grades. This usually only takes a few minutes. The chairperson will then call you back into the room to announce your grades.
Your supervisor or the chairperson may also briefly explain to you in advance how the examination works in your specific case.
Master’s examinations are open to the public, meaning that other people may come and sit in as listeners to the procedure.

The examination subjects are discussed and determined with the respective examiners when registering for the examination.
The chairperson asks no questions, but does, however, have a voting right.

Yes, you will receive two grades, one for each of the two examination subjects.

Once the examination protocol for the master’s examination has been submitted to the dean’s office, it takes about 1–2 weeks for the master’s certificate to be ready for pick-up.
You will be notified via your university e-mail address as soon as the certificate is ready for pick-up at the dean's office.

If students want to collect the certificate in person, they must show a valid photo ID.
If students cannot collect their certificates personally, they must issue an authorisation for another person to collect the certificate on their behalf. The named person must also provide proof of identity by showing a valid photo ID.
Master's certificates may be sent to addresses in Austria by RSb letter (return letter) on request.

Yes. Once you have been notified via e-mail, you have to pick up the master’s certificate and the certificate of graduation.

You can register for the graduation ceremony as soon as your degree programme is listed as completed in UNIGRAZonline.
You have to register for the graduation ceremony in the Academic Affairs office (Universitätsplatz 3, 1st floor).

Duplicates can be requested from the dean's office using this application form (pdf; only in German). In addition to the application form, you must provide an official loss report and pay a fee of € 1.50 per certificate at the Accounting department (Halbärthgasse 8). If the lost certificate was issued before January 1, 2001, you must pay an additional stamp fee of € 13.20 per certificate at the Accounting department.

 

Dean of studies

Ao.Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Margit Reitbauer
margit.reitbauer(at)uni-graz.at

Vice dean of studies

Ao.Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Nikolaus Reisinger
nikolaus.reisinger(at)uni-graz.at

Coordination Centre for teacher training programmes

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