Part of a Bachelor's or Master's program involves writing a thesis that treats a subject in the student's degree program in a scholarly manner.
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Completion time and scope
The information below applies to all theses.
|Bachelor's thesis||Master's thesis|
|Scope of thesis||18 ECTS||30 ECTS|
|Period for completion*||6 months||6 months|
*Plan the completion of your degree in advance, taking into consideration the published deadlines.
The fact sheets below provide general information on the procedure from registration to submission.
Selection of topic and supervisor – Business and Economics
Business and Economics students may write their thesis with a professor of their choice from the Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics at UZH. The individual departments can provide additional assistance when it comes to selecting a topic.
Selection of topic and supervisor – Quantitative Finance
Students of the joint degree Master's program in Quantitative Finance at UZH and ETH may write their thesis with a professor of their choice from the Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics at UZH or the Department of Mathematics at ETH.
Selection of topic and supervisor – Informatics
Informatics students must write their thesis with a professor from their program of study.
Registration and collection of project definition
Business and Economics or Quantitative Finance students can request their project definition by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. They will also receive their topic and the exact deadline by e-mail. The submission will also be done by e-mail.
Informatics students receive their project definition directly from the supervising professor. The exact submission deadline is set when the project definition is received. Students must submit their theses to the Department of Informatics Office.
The following documents must be attached to the e-mail:
- Proof of matriculation (e.g., student ID card)
- Students in a Bachelor's program: Proof that the assessment level has been passed (transcript of records, module booking printout or online summary of credits on a smartphone, tablet, or laptop)
- Students in a Master's program: Proof of admission to the Master's program for students who have not obtained a Bachelor's degree from the Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics at the University of Zurich (notification of acceptance from the examination delegate).
- The completed registration form.
The thesis must be submitted by e-mail no later than the agreed submission deadline (until 23:59).
The thesis may not be placed in the Dean's Office mailbox.
Theses submitted late are considered to have been failed.
Note on publication requests
After completing their final theses, students repeatedly receive requests from (mainly) German publishers for a publication. Such requests should be treated with caution. Clarify any publication with your supervisor in advance. The supervisor can impose conditions for a publication.
Ultimately, however, it is your decision whether you want to publish with a publisher. You should be aware that this is not to be equated with a publication in a scientific journal.