Graduation

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Students must complete the compulsory module Master's thesis (30 ECTS), as well as the associated Master's colloquium (6 ECTS) by the time they graduate. To book the master thesis and the master colloquium, you must have successfully completed the modules of the Methods and Research Logics group.

The master thesis process always starts with the preliminary meeting. Preliminary meetings of each department take place towards the end of the semester and will be announced further down on this page and by email. At the preliminary meeting, you will be informed about the process and possible topics for the master's thesis.

Following the preliminary meeting, you will draft a concept. This serves as a basis for the decision on a supervision relationship. The supervision agreement is a prerequisite for booking the module Master's Thesis and the Master's Colloquium.

The master thesis is accompanied by a colloquium. Whether you book the master colloquium in the first or second semester of the master thesis depends on the supervisor.

Submission dates for the master's thesis are June 1 or December 1.

For more information about completing your master's degree and thesis, please visit the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences website. Please read the information carefully.

Our divisions and their research topics

In the consecutive Master's program in Communication Science and Media Research, supervision of Master's theses is offered by all departments. In the specialized programs, the following professors offer supervision of the master's thesis and the colloquium:

Communication Science and Media Research
  • Prof. Daniel Süss

  • Prof. Eszter Hargittai

  • Prof. Frank Esser

  • Prof. Mark Eisenegger

  • Prof. Michael Latzer

  • Prof. Mike S. Schäfer

  • Prof. Nadine Strauß

  • Prof. Natascha Just

  • Prof. Thomas N. Friemel 

  • Prof. Thomas Zerback 

  • Prof. Werner Wirth 

 

Strategic Communication

& Management

 

Political Communication

& News

 

   Internet & Society 

  • Prof. Mark Eisenegger 

  • Prof. Nadine Strauß 

  • Prof. Thomas N. Friemel 

  • Prof. Werner Wirth 

  • Prof. Frank Esser 

  • Prof. Natascha Just 

  • Prof. Thomas Zerback 

  • Prof. Eszter Hargittai 

  • Prof. Michael Latzer 

  • Prof. Mike S. Schäfer 

Use current research projects, publications, and courses in the appropriate departments as a guide for topic selection:

Preliminary meetings by the departments

The master thesis process begins with the preliminary meeting. Preliminary meetings of the individual departments take place towards the end of the semester. Everyone who wants to start with the master thesis in the following semester is obliged to attend the preliminary meeting. 

Here you can find the current preliminary meeting dates. (PDF, 109 KB)

Booking the Master Thesis and Master Colloquium

A supervision agreement is a prerequisite for booking the module Master's Thesis.  

You book the master thesis and the colloquium during the regular module booking deadlines in the online module booking. 

After the module booking deadline, you will receive an e-mail (to your UZH address) asking you to log in to our website to enter the provisional title of your master's thesis and the name of your supervisor. 

You can find more information here.  

Registration deadlines for Graduation for Your Master's Degree

Remember, you must apply for graduation from your master's degree program in the online summary of credits by the following deadlines: 

  • Spring semester: between March 15 and March 30. 
  • Fall semester: between the 15th and the 30th of October. 

The deadlines are legally binding and must be met. Exceptions are excluded.