We are happy to supervise BA and MA theses at the Chair for Comparative Politics. If you are interested in writing your BA or MA thesis under my supervision (potentially with co-supervision by a (post-)doctoral team member), please read the following very carefully before contacting me:

Please send the application documents by email as one pdf file, using the application form [»] as cover. I will contact you once I have read your documents. If (and only if) I am convinced by the quality of your proposal and its fit with the research agenda at my chair, I will give my written consent to act as supervisor.

It is recommended that potential supervisees have attended at least one of the courses I teach at HSG. For MA students it is expected that they attend the MA Thesis Lab [»], which is offered once a year (usually in the autumn term).

Useful guides for academic writinghere and here


Supervision Procedure

Overall, the supervision procedure for each thesis is structured along five sequential steps, with the completion of each step marked by a milestone. Of course, students are invited to contact their advisor when they have questions; however, we expect them to deal with the thesis in an autonomous fashion. In any case, supervisees are expected to contact their advisor whenever they have reached the next milestone, as visualised in the figure below. 

Milestone 0: The first step starts with a successful application and ends with the
kick-off meeting. After the meeting, advisor and student have agreed on the topic of the thesis, in particular on the literature and the data that the thesis will be based on, as well as on the date of start.

Milestone 1: Based on the kick-off meeting, the advisor formulates the exact title of the thesis and submits the document to student administration - and time runs. Please be aware of your deadlines and plan ahead [»].

Milestone 2: Within a few weeks, the students send their advisor an extended table of contents. This document contains all sections of the thesis as well as the bibliography. In each section, the student gives a short summary (just use a few lines) of the section’s intended content. The advisor gives a short feedback.

Milestone 3: After less than two thirds of the working time students send their advisor a preliminary draft of the thesis. All sections and main results of the thesis should already be worked out, even though in a preliminary fashion. Advisors give students an extensive feedback.

Milestone 4: Students hand in the final version of the thesis.

Supervison timeline