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Research Assistants - General information about writing thesis at the Chair of Social Policy and Methods of Qualitative Social Research and the Seminar for Cooperative Studies

We will gladly supervise your bachelor or master thesis! An orientation of your studies in the field of social policy or cooperatives is desirable and advantageous, but not a mandatory requirement for supervision. If you are interested in having your thesis supervised by Prof. Schulz-Nieswandt, please click here. Please decide in advance which request you would like to fill out (either assistants or Prof. Schulz-Nieswandt). We ask you to send only one request. Please make sure that the time of inquiry does not exceed eight weeks before the desired start of processing.

An overview of the topics that we - Dr. Kristina Mann, Dr. Johannes Blome-Drees, Benjamin Haas M.A. and Anne Bruns M.A. - are currently working on and researching can be found here.

For this purpose we offer a video course "Preparation Course for Final Thesis". The video course is usually a prerequisite for you to be able to write your thesis with us. The exact procedure is explained below using a phase model:

Phase 1: Registration for the video course

 
  1. Organizational issues around the topic of theses
  2. Introduction to the subject areas of the employees
  3. Introduction to scientific work

Please have a look at the first two videos before making a request! Please note that the time of inquiry before the desired start of processing does not exceed eight weeks.

Note: Registration for a video course does not automatically mean that you will be accepted to supervise a final thesis! 

Phase 2: From the inquiry to the registration of a thesis 

  • Fill in and send the request for supervision of a thesis on our homepage (Please indicate two different priorities, i.e. two different supervisors)
  • Feedback from the supervisor will be sent by e-mail within one week
  • Making an appointment for the first meeting
  • Before the first meeting: View of video 3 about scientific work
  • In the initial consultation: Definition of the topic
  • After the initial meeting: Writing an exposé (approx. 2-3 weeks)
  • Presentation of the exposé in the context of a colloquium/individual discussion
  • Registration for examination at the examination office 
 

Phase 3: Processing time and submission 

  • If required, further consultation hours in groups or individual discussions
 

Further notes:

  • If you are studying BA Sowi, BA VWL or MA Powi according to the new examination regulations (PO 2015), please inform yourself here about the regulations that apply to you.
  • Inspection: You can request to inspect the report up to two weeks after the grade is announced. For this purpose, please send an informal request by e-mail to your supervisor.
  • Whether we can supervise your work and meet your priority requests depends on our capacities.
  • All theses are checked for plagiarism by means of appropriate software!

Please address any questions regarding our procedure exclusively by e-mail:
Benjamin Haas: benjamin.haas@uni-koeln.de