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Thesis Writing

I am pleased that you are interested in writing a thesis at the junior professorship for Social Entrepreneurship. In the following you will find all information on questions about the requirements, the supervision process and the application process. If you have any questions after reading this page, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Finding your topicHide

To identify a research question, you can either work on a topic selected by us or make your own topic suggestion. You can find advertised topics, if available, under the heading News.

If you would like to propose a topic yourself, you can choose two ways. Either you identify an exciting question from the literature or you have a practical phenomenon that raises an important question and why you have the opportunity to collect data. In both cases, you must be able to answer the so-called “5-W-questions” to apply for a thesis and later to write the thesis:

  • What is the research gap? (it is not enough to state that this has not yet been investigated)
  • Why is that relevant?
  • Who is it relevant to?
  • What changes the answer to your research question? For whom are these changes relevant?
  • To what extent are you expanding your previous knowledge in the area you are working on?

Also, to identify a good research question, please read this article, which provides very practical guidance:

Davis, M. S. (1971). That's interesting! Towards a phenomenology of sociology and a sociology of phenomenology. Philosophy of the social sciences, 1(2), 309-344.

In addition, please read these articles, which provide an overview of the state of the literature:

Saebi, T., Foss, N. J., & Linder, S. (2019). Social entrepreneurship research: Past achievements and future promises. Journal of Management, 45(1), 70-95.
Gupta, P., Chauhan, S., Paul, J., & Jaiswal, M. P. (2020). Social entrepreneurship research: A review and future research agenda. Journal of Business Research, 113, 209-229.

Specific information for writing a bachelor’s thesisHide

To ease the start into writing a thesis, in your bachelor’s thesis you will write a Specific information for writing a bachelor’s thesis with a quantitative part (e.g., frequency evaluation of theories, journals, authors, etc.). It is also possible to do a meta-analysis or, in exceptional cases, to accompany a data collection as part of the work. The reason for a common method done by all bachelor’s students is that they have the opportunity to receive a brief introduction to the methodology and that they are being able to support each other with methodological questions.

For writing a bachelor’s thesis, please note the requirements of the examination office. You work independently on a specific topic from a scientific point of view (self-study). The processing effort is given as 360 hours. The time from the topic to the submission of the bachelor thesis is 12 weeks. The thesis must be written in English. Three copies of the bachelor thesis must be typed, bound and paginated. An additional copy must be submitted in electronic form. In addition, all documents, data, literature references, overview tables and the like necessary for the preparation of the thesis must also be submitted to the professorship in electronic form. The scope of the thesis depends on the respective topic. Basically: write as little as possible and as much as necessary. Use other articles from scientific journals as a guide for your structure and length.

Specific information for wiring a master's thesisHide

Master theses should use an empirical method. This means that data for answering a given or self-selected question must be collected/procured and analyzed. Different methods can be used. The following data sets/methods are to be targeted: experiments, third-party data, questionnaire study to be analyzed with, for example, regressions, structural equation models, cluster analysis. The learning of the study design and the methodology takes place either through a course taken before the thesis or must be done in self-study while working on the thesis.

For writing a master’s thesis, please note the requirements of the examination office. You work independently on a specific topic from a scientific point of view (self-study). The processing time is given as 900 hours and with a time frame of 24 weeks. The thesis must be written in English. Three copies of the master's thesis are to be typed, bound and paginated. An additional copy must be submitted in electronic form. In addition, all documents, data, literature references, overview tables, and the like necessary for the preparation of the thesis must also be submitted to the professorship in electronic form. The scope of the thesis depends on the respective topic. Basically: write as little as possible and as much as necessary. Use other articles from scientific journals as a guide for your structure and length.

Application processHide

For starting your thesis at the professorship for social entrepreneurship, you need to apply. We have an application process in place to enable a good supervisory relationship and ultimately also a good result for both sides. You can apply for a bachelor's or master's thesis by the following deadlines each year:

  • January 15th
  • April 15th
  • July 15th
  • October 15th

Please answer the following questions and send the answer to eva.jakob@uni-bayreuth.de. Please select your application time so that you really want to start in the next 3 months.

The email for the application should contain the following information:

  • Type of thesis (Bachelor / Master)
  • Course of study
  • Matriculation number
  •  Current average grade
  • Courses attended to date in the field of (social) entrepreneurship?
  • Previously attended courses in the field of scientific methods, scientific work?
  • When should the processing time start?
  • Which advertised topic do you want to work on? OR Which of your own questions do you want to work on. If you have your own question, please answer the 5 W questions. If you are applying for a master’s thesis, please add how you would like to obtain data independently in order to empirically investigate your question.
Support during the writing periodHide

After the application period has expired, you will receive a response (1-2 weeks).

All students who write a thesis or research paper at the professorship present their work in a semester-accompanying colloquium. You can obtain further information on scientific work in an e-learning course during the semester and in personal discussions with the professorship.


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