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Master Thesis

This page includes guidelines, as well as information about funding, topics offered by the faculty, and previous students' topics.

M.Sc.-Thesis: Coronation of higher academic education

Many people see the writing of an M.Sc.-thesis as the coronation of higher academic education. And indeed, the importance of the thesis work is reflected by the prominent role it takes within the whole M.Sc.-programme. After completing core and elective subjects in the educational programme the thesis offers the challenge to set up and to carry out a scientific research project in a self-responsible manner under the guidance of an experienced supervisor.

Thesis guidelines and application documents

  1. Administrative Guidelines: Administrative matters to start writing a thesis (Choosing a supervisor, registration, deadline, etc)
  2. Guide on how to write a Master Thesis: How to prepare for a master thesis what are the steps to write one (necessary skills, selecting a topic, looking for literature, grading, etc)
  3. Master Thesis registration form 
  4. Master Thesis cover page template 
All necessary forms are found on the Faculty website.

Funding opportunities

The university provides various sources of grants for Master thesis research. 


Previous thesis topics



Possible Thesis Topics

  • Coproducing science and governance around solar geoengineering (cf. Biermann et al. 2022
  • Integration of biodiversity-related knowledge into forest management and governance (in connection to PhD projects in the Grad School ConFoBI
  • Sustainable local / regional food systems etc.
Philipp Späth (Sustainability Governance)
  • Grid municipalisation initiatives as a 'community of practice'? Understanding the role and work of the EWS Schönau for reconfiguring energy grids across Germany.
  • An analysis of the controversy around Germany’s switch from state-fixed feed-in tariffs to a tendering regime in the wind energy sector (with a focus on perspectives from civic energy advocates). 


Bleta Arifi (Sustainability Governance)
  • A discourse analytical account of the ‘Unser Hamburg-Unser Netz” campaign for the remunicipalisation of the Hamburg energy grid.
  • Reconfiguring Hamburg’s district heating grid: technical and/or political challenges and opportunities for decentralised and climate-friendly heat provision.

The Chair of Forest and Environmental Policy offers topics also, for more click here.