Here are the frequently asked questions
The following FAQ will provide you with a framework and assist you in writing your thesis. The information includes our own mandatory guidelines, which are adopted from the examination regulations at the Berlin School of Economics and Law. For content-related issues contact your supervisor or check out the date below for our colloquium regarding bachelor/master/PhD thesis which is held every semester.
Next colloquium: t.b.a.
1. General Information
1.1 Do I have to submit a draft proposal?
You have to hand it in in advance!
1.2 Do I have to hand in a digital version of my thesis?
2. Information Regarding the Thesis
2.1 Structure of the Thesis
- cover (outer cover)
- cover page (empty or if necessary non-disclosure notice)
- title page (inner cover)
- content including page references
- list of abbreviations (if needed)
- list of figures and tables
- list of appendixes (if there are more than two separately disclosed appendix-parts)
- statutory declaration
Each heading needs to include a belonging text. Furthermore in case of using (e.g.) a subdivision in paragraph 1.1, at least one more paragraph (1.2) must follow.
2.2 Statutory Declaration
“I herewith declare that I have composed the present thesis myself and without use of any other than the cited sources and aids. Sentences or parts of sentences quoted literally are marked as such; other references with regard to the statement and scope are indicated by full details of the publications concerned. The thesis in the same or similar form has not been submitted to any examination body and has not been published. This thesis was not yet, even in part, used in another examination or as a course performance. Furthermore I declare that the submitted written (bound) copies of the present thesis and the version submitted on a data carrier are consistent with each other in contents.”
Place, Date: ……………………………………..……. Signature: ……………………………………
2.3 Size of Sections
“The use of hyphens should be avoided.”
2.4 Use of Abbreviations
European Union (EU)
After the determination of an abbreviation within the text, it has to be used in the course of the text in general, except for headings. To facilitate the handling of abbreviations, you should create a list of abbreviations in alphabetical order.
2.5 Citation Method
3. Information regarding page layout and formatting of the thesis
3.1 Word Count
3.2 Site Margins
Right margin: 2 cm
Top and bottom margin: 2.5 cm
3.3 Line Spacing
- Times New Roman
- headings, size 12 point bold
- size 12 point for text, graphic and table caption (e.g. Fig. 3.1. can be highlighted bold)
- footnotes and references: size 10 point
3.5 Figures and Tables
4. Information regarding the Oral Examination
The address is:
House E, Room E 1.09
Babelsberger Straße 14-16
*Note: During the Corona Pandemic, the oral exam is conducted via Skype.
5. More information
5.1 Research Portal HoWeR
To access HoWer, please click on this link.
*Please note that you must be logged in to full access via OPAC.
5.2 Online databases
Numerous online databases and other freely accessible services can be accessed via the Database Information System (DBIS) interface.
5.3 OPUS Publication Server of HWR Berlin
Via the OPUS Publication Server the following content can be made available in terms of Open Access: esp. publication series of HWR Berlin, scientific articles in the form of self-archiving, reports of research projects at HWR Berlin, academic content created by professors of HWR Berlin, and outstanding final thesis of students of HWR Berlin.
Further final theses of students of HWR Berlin can be archived and published on the OPUS Publication Server for internal access; they are accessible from both locations Campus Schöneberg and Campus Lichtenberg. Outside you will have acces via VPN with your HWR Account.
Do you have any questions about publishing via the OPUS Publication Server: either within the network of HWR Berlin or via open access?Please refer to our help section or contact the library; we are happy to provide further information.
To access the OPUS Publication Server, please click on this link.
5.4 Citavi literature management
Through the campus license of the Berlin School of Economics and Law, students and employees can use the Citavi literature management software free of charge. Citavi supports you in studying, teaching and research with the collection and organization of literature sources as well as with correct citation.
How to get Citavi?
- Intall Citavi Free
- Use the university campus license
• Create your Citavi account for free.
The form for this can be found at https://www.citavi.com/hwr-berlin.
• Important: Your mail address of the Berlin School of Economics and Law serves as authentication. An account with a freemailer address (web.de, GMX, Gmail etc.) is not possible.
• In your account you will find your license data. Copy the license data.
• Start Citavi. In the start window, click License data> Enter license data. Citavi will automatically apply the copied license data.
- How long does your license run?
The license key converts the Free version to the Pro version for the duration of the campus license agreement. The Citavi campus license is limited in time. Citavi automatically alerts you to the end of the license period 60 days before it expires.
5.5 HWR VPN
* What is VPN?
A VPN connection (virtual private network) allows you to access the intrinsically closed HWR network from home or other external locations.After a successful connection you can use shared servers and services, e.g. access the library’s services.
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