Master Thesis

Development of your Master Thesis typically will start in the second year, and will be the main task throughout the final semester. Topics are discussed, defined and agreed with the chosen supervisor, who will be a professor at the University of Salzburg. If anyone from outside University of Salzburg, or without 'habilitation' (not a 'Dozent', 'PD', 'Associate Prof' or 'Prof') is considered as supervisor, explicit written permission must be granted before starting with the thesis.

A list of recent topics is provided for illustration, as is a collection of topic ideas offered by Z_GIS faculty. Generally, you should choose a topic suiting your interests and intended (future) professional orientation. Sometimes MSc thesis topics are announced and offered within project frameworks, but currently a majority of topics is chosen based on the candidate's suggestions and interests.

Be aware that a clearly defined process must be followed from the start of work on your thesis all the way to submitting and then your defense / final exam:
  1. Discuss and mutually agree on a tentative topic with your prospective supervisor
  2. On your personal PLUSonline page ('Visitenkarte') choose the option 'Diplom-/Masterarbeit', enter your preliminary topic and supervisor, print the resulting document = 'Betreuungsvereinbarung' (pdf is an option, too) and collect signatures from your supervisor and head of department, then submit this paper at the 'Prüfungsreferat' (exams office). The last sheet (documentation of consultation appointments) needs to be retained until submission of the thesis.
  3. BEFORE submitting your thesis, completion of all class credits needs to be documented. This is done through a form ('Prüfungspass', for > Request for a Master's Degree Certificate) found in the list of forms offered by the Prüfungsreferat / Fakultätsbüro. Diligently complete this form according to your transcript of studies and get it checked with your contact person at the Prüfungsreferat. 
  4. Immediately before submitting the thesis, enter an abstract plus keywords under 'Diplom-/Masterarbeit' (see above) and a statistical classifier for the most suitable scientific discipline - this e.g. could be 1810 for 'Geographic Information Systems'.
  5. For submission, prepare 3 bound hardcopies of your thesis, plus one digital copy on CD.
  6. Bring all these, plus the signed consultation form from the 'Betreuungsvereinbarung' to your contact person. (Do not submit the thesis to your supervisor!)
  7. Simultaneously, submit the form naming proposed examiners for the defense / final exam.
  8. As soon as the thesis is reviewed and graded by your supervisor, you will receive an email with another form to schedule your defense / final exam. It is the candidate's responsibility to schedule a date with exam commission members (chair and 2 examiners) and collect their signatures, then again submit this form to your contact person. The defense / final exam is to be scheduled at the earliest three weeks after submitting this form.
  9. Make sure you're in good shape for your defense. The defense consists of a presentation of your master thesis (8 - 12min), a subsequent discussion and two subject-related oral exams. - good luck :-)
  10. After passing, you again will communicate with your contact person regarding degree award and certificates, and then you're invited for the official award ceremony.
This process sounds a bit complicated on first sight, but do not worry, it is much easier than to write a good thesis ;-)

The contact person for 'Applied Geoinformatics' students at the exams office currently is Ms. Christina Maria Reisch.