Phase 1: Applying for a master’s thesis supervision

The presentation and assignment of topics for Master's theses on the part of the work area takes place within the information tutorial at the end of the previous semester.


The infotutorial for the winter semester 2021/22 will take place on January 26 at 1:15 pm and is only for students without a master thesis topic. Available topics will be advertised here and on the website of the master's programme specialisation in Development and Education in mid-June. If interested, please register with Isabell Schechtel ( by January 24. 

Remaining places will be published on the website of the master's programme specialisation in Development and Education in September, you can apply for these topics during a second application phase. 

You can apply for the advertised topics via this form (Deadline 1st application phase: August 31st or January 31st; 2nd application phase: September 20th or February 20th).

Special consideration will be given to students who fulfill the following criteria:

  • Specialized in “Development and Education”
  • Completion or current enrollment in the seminars “Theory and Empirical Research I” and “Theory and Empirical Research 2” from the compulsory Module B2.3 (Development and Education)
  • Sound knowledge of scientific and statistical methods, including corresponding software
  • Agreement with a supervisor (Ass.- Prof. Dr. Marko Lüftenegger, Univ. Prof. Dr. Barbara Schober, Univ. Prof. Dr. Thomas Götz, Univ. Prof. Dr. Dr. Christiane Spiel) 

Most topics are provided by the supervisor, as this usually allows a good integration of your work into current research topics. But you can also submit your own proposal for a research topic via email to Elisabeth Graf by the deadline of the first application phase (August 31 or January 31, maximum 5-page proposal; topic within the main research areas of our research group – see website; content: topic, state of current research, formulation of concrete research questions derived from the literature, research design, potential sample, literature). We will then determine whether we would be able to supervise the proposed thesis.

Please contact Elisabeth Graf ( if you have any specific questions!