Master thesis abroad

The Euroleague for Life Sciences offers the opportunity to gain international experience and develop your scientific skills, by writing your thesis abroad, in one of the leading Life Science universities in Europe. Depending on the university there might be different terms and structures that need to be taken into account. The main supervisor needs to be from your home university, whereas the second can be external.

All informations on terms and structure of each ELLS university regarding a Master Thesis are listed below.

FAQs Master thesis abroad

BOKU

Exchange students are welcome to work on their thesis, dissertation or project at BOKU. But we ask you to do some research and get in touch with your future BOKU (co-)supervisor. You need to have a (co-)supervisor to be accepted.
Please be aware that the BOKU supervisor can officially only act as co-supervisor. You have to have a supervisor at your home university and you have to submit and defend your thesis at the home university.
Further information: http://www.boku.ac.at/int-in-boku-thesis-en.html

CULS

Yes, studentsof  ELLS partner universities are welcome to do a BSc Thesis or MSc Diploma Thesis at CULS. However, students from ELLS partner universities who wish to write their thesis at CULS must get a recommendation from their supervisor at home university and confirmation from a relevant supervisor at CULS. In general, foreign students defend their thesis at their home university. CULS has a Double degree MSc programme with Wageningen University, BOKU and Lincoln University, and a Joint MSc degree with BOKU. The DD and JD MSc programmes have specific rules for writing an MSc Diploma Thesis.

SCIENCE

BSc thesis: As an exchange student on an exchange semester at SCIENCE, it is possible to undertake an “Individual Study Project” which can make up 7.5, 15 or 22.5 ECTS, and if the home university allows can be transferred as a BSc thesis. 
MSc thesis: As an exchange student at MSc level at SCIENCE it is possible to undertake a “MSc research project” which can make up 30, 45 or 60 ECTS and be transferred as a MSc thesis if the home university allows for it. Please note that the title on the transcript will read “MSc research project” and project title, not using the word “thesis”.
It is possible to use the Erasmus Traineeship program to come to SCIENCE for research preparing for a thesis, but it is not possible to hand in and have a thesis evaluated at SCIENCE this way.

SLU

Yes, a Master thesis. You check what your field of interest is in our course search. Thesis course code starts with EX; example: Degree project in Biology A2E (EX0802), 30 credits, Uppsala. Then you have to find a topic and a supervisor.

UHOH

Yes, it is possible to do a BSc or a MSc thesis during an exchange stay at the University of Hohenheim. The best way is to get in contact with your future supervisor in advance and to discuss with him or her a possible topic. But you need to have a supervisor at your home university as well.

WULS

It is possible to work on your thesis during the exchange and to look for co-supervision at WULS (the rules need to be discussed beforehand with lecturer).

WUR

It is not possible to do BSc thesis at Wageningen University as an external student.
MSc thesis is only possible in very limited quantities and under strict conditions (e.g. registration (and application) as Erasmus student, ECTS and grading from Wageningen University, permission from the WU examining board is necessary, WU exchange office cannot help in finding projects and/or supervisors).

BOKU

Bachelor: The Bachelor’s thesis at BOKU is written in the course „Bachelor’s thesis seminar“ (12 ECTS) of the respective study programme. You have to register for it in BOKUonline. (But nevertheless contact your supervisor in advance!)
Master: The Master’s thesis at BOKU is not regarded as course. Master’s thesis are focused on research and are very often combined with (field) experiments. In some study programmes literature research is also possible. Master students have to search for a topic and a supervisor with a venia docendi (Prof., Assoc.Prof, Priv.-Doz) or an equivalent qualification on their own. Details on the tasks, milestones, responsibilites, key dates and meetings are negotiated with the supervisor. The Master’s thesis seminar, where you also present your thesis, accompanies the master’s thesis work and is worth 2 ECTS.

CULS

BSc Thesis: The topics for the BSc thesis are generally chosen by the students in the 2nd year of studies (BSc studies are 3 academic years). The topics are posted on the information university system and a student can register online at http://is.czu.cz/zp/portal_zp.pl. The structure of the thesis is explained during compulsory BSc Thesis Seminars, which are credited with 5 ECTS (e.g. EXE13Z.). The extent of the BSc thesis is usually 30 pages (including references, graphs. etc). The defence of a BSc thesis is credited with 10 – 15 ECTS.
MSc Diploma Thesis: The topics for the MSc diploma thesis are generally chosen by the students in the 1st  year of studies (MSc studies are 2 academic years). The topics are posted on the information university system and a student  can register online for the chosen topic at http://is.czu.cz/zp/portal_zp.pl.The structure of the thesis is explained during compulsory MSc Thesis Seminars, which are credited with 5 - 10 ECTS (e.g. EXE13Z.). The extent of the MSc Diploma thesis is usually 60 pages (including references, graphs. etc). The defence of a MSc Diploma Thesis is credited with 7 – 15 ECTS (e.g. AWA69Z)

SCIENCE

Depending on the subject area the MSc thesis is usually between 30-60 ECTS, and spans 1-2 semesters. It is research based, but the specifications depends on the department and the subject area.

SLU

Master thesis is 30 ECTS, could be participation in a research project, analyzing data collected earlier, field experiment...  

UHOH

A BSc thesis at the University of Hohenheim is 12 ECTS, a Master thesis 30 ECTS. Different projects (research project, literature survey,...) are possible.

WULS

Depends on research disciplines; characteristics should be discussed with the lecturer.

WUR

MSc thesis is usually 30-36 ECTS, focused on research and/or literature study. (Field) experiments are often included. There is always a report and colloquium (presentation) and is almost always individual. Each chair group of Wageningen has their own additional requirements.

BOKU

Bachelor’s thesis: The topics of the bachelor’s theses are discussed in the Bachelor’s thesis seminar.

Master’s thesis:

  1. The institutes/departments announce thesis projects and you apply for it:
    Please check the websites of the institutes/departments/working groups: http://www.boku.ac.at/en/sitemap/
    Please check the announcements on the information boards of the institutes/departments and on other pinboards (e.g. in elevators)
    Please check BOKU’s job exchange: http://alumni.boku.ac.at/jobboerse
    (Unfortunately BOKU does not offer an online data base for specifically for theses at the moment.)
  2. You already have a topic and look for a supervisor:
    We recommend that you do not send mass-emails to possible supervisors, but that you contact the Erasmus departmental coordinator – see http://www.boku.ac.at/int-in-boku-thesis-en.html
    You can also ask the main supervisor at your home university about possible contact persons at BOKU.
CULS

The theme for the BSc thesis or MSc diploma thesis are made public at the portal http://is.czu.cz/zp/portal_zp.pl. There is a list of successfully defended diploma thesis topics (MSc Thesis) from the past 10 years, with reference to Faculty and Department. Current announcements of thesis topics are not accessible to the public, but only to the registered students and teachers. 

SCIENCE

There is no database for thesis subjects at SCIENCE, and students usually create their own idea or project, sometimes with the help of a teacher or prospective supervisor. It is therefore not possible for us to provide a list of possible subjects for prospective students either.

SLU
  1. SLU Career:
    Overall information on degree projects/independent projects at: https://student.slu.se/en/studies/degree-projects/  
    On this page you can be further linked to the SLU CareerGate to find topics for thesis and job offers:  https://student.slu.se/en/study-support/slu-career/finding-a-job/
  2. With ref. to no. 1:
    Thesis offers can also be searched on the pages for the faculties/departments presenting information in English under “Education”:
    http://www.slu.se/en/about-slu/organisation/departments-and-faculties/
  3. Thesis offers at the Faculty of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences, and guidelines for students, supervisors and examiners. 
    https://internt.slu.se/nj-msc-thesis
  4. Thesis offers at the Faculty of Veterinary medicine and Animal Science:
    https://internt.slu.se/en/targeted-info/faculties/faculty-of-veterinary-medicine-and-animal-science/core-businesses/education/degree-projects-within-the-vh-faculty/
  5. Some examples from Departments:
    http://www.slu.se/en/departments/soil-environment/education/undergraduate-education/independent-projectdegree-project-1/
    https://www.slu.se/en/departments/animal-nutrition-management/utbildning/education/degree-project/
    https://www.slu.se/en/departments/wildlife-fish-environmental-studies/education/grundutbildning/master-thesis/
UHOH

General information on  preparation of a final thesis is given at https://www.uni-hohenheim.de/en/finalthesis.
Some institutes/departments publish list of thesis topics on their individual homepages.
Some examples:
https://ecology.uni-hohenheim.de/en/110621
https://bodenwissenschaften.uni-hohenheim.de/studienarbeiten
https://www.uni-hohenheim.de/agrartechnik/INST/DIPSTU.html
https://apo.uni-hohenheim.de/en/67261

Of course, you may also directly contact a UHOH teacher or ask your main supervisor at your home university to find a co-supervisor. 

WULS

Each department at the university collects their proposal for a thesis. It is not yet possible to reach all thesis in one place.

WUR

There are very limited options available, usually students find thesis topics via contacts between chair groups (departments) and their home university.

BOKU

You need to be accepted by the supervisor.

CULS

Students who must choose a topic announced by their study supervisor at latest by 1 December of the 2nd year of studies for BSc, 1st year of studies for MSc. They apply for thesis position at the Study Administration Office of the relevant Faculty, after they inform their study supervisor. A prerequisite for defence of a thesis is eligibility. This is indicated the students’ book of records (Index) and is confirmed by a signature of the study supervisor (attendance at lectures, field experiments, group projects, seminar work, workshops, etc.) Without eligibility the student cannot apply for a thesis position.

SCIENCE

This is not possible at SCIENCE.

SLU

You apply as for any course, but although scheduled autumn/spring in our course search the actual time is flexible.  

UHOH

If there are any published thesis topics, you can apply directly for the mentioned thesis.

WULS

Direct contact with the lecturer (list of the lecturers can be found on the University lecturers searching engine: http://www.sggw.pl/pracownicy).

WUR

Only students who have found a thesis position and got accepted by the chair group of Wageningen University will then have to apply for Erasmus exchange at our exchange office (keeping in mind the deadlines and requirements). The departmental coordinator will then help the student arranging the registration etc., provided all conditions are met. 

BOKU

Yes. Further information and online application at: http://www.boku.ac.at/int-in-e-en.html
Please be aware that you already need a (co-)supervisor at BOKU to be accepted. The Center for International Relations at BOKU does not have the capacities to find a supervisor for you.

CULS

Erasmus Exchange is usually meant for studies and/or research, but it may be used for writing/preparing a thesis, provided that it is agreed by the CULS supervisor and the co-supervisor at the ELLS partner university. Students studying in a DD MSc o JD MSc programme can use Erasmus Exchange for writing their diploma thesis, however only the with consent of their supervisor at CULS, and their co-supervisor at the partner university.

SCIENCE

As described above, it is possible to write a thesis during an Erasmus exchange stay or do preparatory thesis work during an Erasmus Traineeship. In this case please follow the normal procedures for exchange at your home university. It is possible to read about the traineeship possibilities on the UCPH website.

SLU

Info about exchange studies application and admission: http://www.slu.se/en/education/exchange-studies/application-and-admission/.
If you have questions, contact Mobility@slu.se.

UHOH

With consent of the main supervisor at your home and the co-supervisor of your host university, it is possible to use Erasmus+ Exchange (SMS) for the preparation of a thesis. Information for exchange students is offered at https://exchange.uni-hohenheim.de/en/homepage.

Students may also use ERASMUS+ internships for research related to their final thesis. However, please be aware that if you come to UHOH as an Erasmus+ intern you

  • cannot be enrolled at Hohenheim as a student
  • have no right to a spot in a student residence hall
  • cannot receive any discounts for public transportation
WULS

Info about exchange studies application and admission: http://www.sggw.pl/en/internationalcooperation_/educational-programs/erasmus-llp_

WUR

Erasmus exchange is a condition for thesis writing at Wageningen University – contact Wageningen University departmental exchange coordinator. Please note that the same application deadlines and requirements apply for ‘regular’ Erasmus incoming students as for ‘thesis’ Erasmus students. Thesis students will also count for the exchange quota between the institutions.