Bachelor Thesis

  • For information on the old version of the Bachelor Thesis (until and including spring 2019; 9 ECTS), see the corresponding section of the old program guidelines
  • For more information on the new version of the Bachelor Thesis (15 ECTS), see the detailed guidelines for the module.

Due in part to diverging disciplinary traditions, the Bachelor Thesis module is organized rather differently in Literature and in Linguistics. However, the overall workload expected from students remains the same (15 ECTS), as do the overall learning outcomes and the required level of quality.

Please consult the detailed guidelines for more information:

Important Note: Students who completed a Bachelor Thesis Seminar in the spring semester 2019 are strongly recommended to take the old Bachelor Thesis version (9 ECTS). Only by taking the old Bachelor Thesis version will they be guaranteed a slot with the same instructor. Students 'changing' to the new Bachelor Thesis version (15 ECTS) may be asked to write about a different topic than the one they agreed upon with the instructor of their Bachelor Thesis Seminar.

Language of instruction



Students should have successfully written a seminar paper in the field (i.e. literature or linguistics) in which they are planning to conduct the Bachelor Thesis research and have successfully completed "Writing Skills and Media Analysis.”


The Bachelor Thesis concludes a largely independent research project in the field of either Literature or Linguistics. Students are able to: (a) draft, plan, and conduct a largely independent research project; (b) solicit appropriate feedback; (c) present their own research in C1-level academic prose.

In Linguistics, there will be a colloquium in which supplementary supervision and peer review of the research and planning process will be offered, in addition to the contact between the student and the respective supervisor. 

In Literature, the supervision will be conducted on an individual basis, with students approaching their supervisor for consultation hours and advice concerning the thesis (i.e. there is no formal accompanying Kolloquium in Literature).

Learning outcomes

The Bachelor thesis shows evidence of the ability to work independently on an academic project of a suitable level within the stipulated time limit, and to present this appropriately.


Bachelor Thesis, colloquium and/or individual supervision (see “Content” for details)