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Central allocation procedure and application

General Information

In order to apply for a thesis, every student should be interested in the topics and research areas of our faculty and, ideally, be able to document this during their previous course of study. The aim of the thesis is that the student proves that he / she can independently solve and work on a problem of a subject by applying scientific methods within a given period of time. In individual cases please check your respective examination regulations for the modalities for theses.



The Faculty of Economics organizes the allocation of theses through a central web-based registration procedure. The Departments of Management, Taxation, Accounting & Finance, Economics, Business and Human Resource Education and Law. as well as Prof. Dr. Niclas Schaper (Profesorship for Work- and Organizational Psychology).

The aim is to ensure that the theses that are scheduled for one semester can be equally distributed to the individual chairs in the participating departments with regard to their capacities. At the same time, the students' preferences are considered.

Please note: this system does not replace the official registration in PAUL, but initially serves to allocate final theses within the four participating departments. The assignment of students to their supervisors takes about 1 - 1 ½ months. Then you will be informed by mail about your acceptance and contact persons.

The online application phase for a final thesis in the winter term 2020/21 takes place from 23 June to 03 July 2020.

Starting on the 23th of June at 9 am, the registration phase begins here. It is not possible to apply in paper form.

FAQ on organisation

What do the priorities mean?

The allocation process is based on your priorities regarding the chairs. Your documents will be presented in rounds beginning with the first priority. Only if you are not assigned in the first round, your documents will be forwarded to the second priority.

You must therefore specify at least two chairs for which you would like to write a thesis. The third priority is optional but strongly recommended.

What do I have to atttach to my application?

It depends on the chairs to which you are applying for a thesis. Information on the specific requirements can be found only on the internet pages of the respective chairs. Usually, the following documents are required:

• Curriculum vitae
• Transcript of Records
• Internship certificates (if available)
• Letter of motivation (depending on chair)
• Registered courses in the current semester (Screenshot from PAUL is sufficient)

What happens if I have not yet collected sufficient ECTS for the application at the time of application?

At the time of application in the procedure, the ECTS credits prescribed in the examination regulations do not yet have to be available. This limit only applies to the registration of the thesis in PAUL, which is not carried out until after the allocation.

A tip: add a screenshot of the currently registered modules from PAUL to your documents, so that your application is even more meaningful.

I have not received my transcript yet. Can I apply without it?

You do not need a signed transcript created by the Examination Office to apply for a thesis.

You can also use a screenshot or a web page print of your PAUL service account. Please make sure that this also shows your average grade.

Do I need three documents for three priorities?

No. Please summarize all documents in one document.

The chairs also know that you are applying for multiple priorities and may need to write different letters of motivation.

I can not find topic lists for my priority. What should I do?

The chairs handle the topic assignments differently. Not all of them publish topic proposals or areas for thesises.

If you can not find any lists, you can look at contents of the teaching or research of the chair. You can also suggest your own questions.

Why can I not log in to the link?

The system is open to students only during the application phase. Registration is not possible before the start of the application phase. Registration is also not possible after the end of the application phase, as the distribution takes place live in the system. You will be informed by e-mail.

If you can not log in with your IMT data in the current application phase, please read the technical information first. Only then please contact the study office and send a screenshot of the error message.

What happens if I also apply for topics in the Department of Business Informatics?

You can independently apply to the three-priority centralized procedure and also to the non-participating chairs. If you do want to accept a seat from one of the procedures, please cancel early your other applications. If you already get accepeted at another chair during the selection process, please contact the Studienbüro so that your place can be allocated to someone else.

Technical advice


Please log in with your IMT account (= PAUL user name) in the dialog box.


Please fill in all fields in the form.


In the Attachments section, all "additional documents required" must be uploaded in one PDF. This includes:

  • a CV (optional with a passport photo (just scan the photo))
  • a current transcript of grades from PAUL (self-printout of the account is sufficient)
  • a copy of the Bachelor certificate / undergraduate (if available)


Some chairs require further information, such as certificates, proof of internships or exposés, for the application (Please read the corresponding guidelines of the chairs before registering). Please note that all documents have to be combined in one PDF file.


Please leave the field assignment free. Finally, click Save. If you forget to save the data , any missed deadlines are at your expense.


After successful sending, the form closes. When you go to the "Apply to Final Theses" list, you'll see your item in the previously empty list.


In the overview you can edit your entry by clicking on your matriculation number.


After making changes, you will receive another confirmation email. After completing the entry of your data, please log out of the system.





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If you have questions about the central registration procedure, please read the FAQs and technical information first. If you have any questions, you can contact studium(at)wiwi.upb(dot)de.

If you have questions about the individual requirements of the chairs, please look at their homepages and contact them directly.

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