Master's thesis


What topic to choose? Who can be my Supervisor?

Your Master's thesis should be written in a Mountain Forestry-related topic and has to be supervised by a BOKU-Professor in this area.

To find a thesis-topic and supervisor you should contact programme coordinator Prof. Georg Gratzer and potential supervisors directly. It is useful to pick a topic and supervisor in the area of your study which you personally prefer. Some departments/institutes offer Master's thesis topics on their webpage or during a thesis fair which is promoted on their webpages. You can also check the pinboards of the institutes for project announcements or get directly in contact with lecturers in the areas where you want to write your thesis.

You have to register your Master's thesis at the Study services (Gregor-Mendel-Strasse 33, 1180 Vienna) as soon as the task and the supervisor and co-supervisor have been fixed. According to the law the Master's thesis has to be registered before you start working on it.

There are no specific deadlines for the registration of the Master's thesis and for submitting the finished Master's thesis at BOKU (no time limits).

Required documents for the registration of your thesis

Form “Registration of the Master's thesis = Anmeldung der Masterarbeit”  with signatures of:

  • supervisor
  • co-supervisor
  • examiners and
  • the head of the institute of the supervisor

The Master's thesis defence at BOKU is a thesis presentation combined with a final exam about two specific topics that have been fixed before by the student and the examiners.

Both topics of the exam have to be part of the Mountain Forestry programme.

As a rule the first examiner is the main supervisor of the Master's thesis, the second examiner has to be a professor from a different BOKU institute ("habilitiert").