Theses and Dissertations.

Helpful information to write and submit your Bachelor's, Diploma degree/Master's thesis, or dissertation is available here!

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Please note! Beginning March 1, 2022, Master's theses, Diploma degree theses, or dissertations must be submitted to the Office of Examinations and Recognition Services solely in electronic form.


Bachelor's Thesis

You must write the final thesis for the Bachelor's degree program independently on your own accord and within the parameters as outlined in the courses. Detailed information about the courses is available in your program's curriculum.

After signing up for the corresponding course, you must also inform the course instructor of your intention to write a Bachelor's thesis. The Bachelor's thesis topic is to be determined in consultation with the course instructor. Please consider and adhere to regulations and stipulations as outlined in the Copyright Act BGBl.Nr. 111/1936 in regard to your selection of topic and supervision.

Diploma Degree / Master's Theses

Diploma Degree / Master's theses serve as proof of your ability to work independently on scientific and academic topics and in a way that is responsible in terms of content and methodology. Each Diploma degree or Master's degree program requires submitting a thesis in order to successfully complete the program.

Your topic or assignment must be selected in such a way that you can complete the paper within a six-month period. Please observe the rules and regulations under copyright law BGBl.Nr. 111/1936 in regard to the choice of your topic and supervision.

After the institute has assigned a topic, register the topic immediately by submitting the appropriate form to the Office of Examinations and Recognition Services.

You must obtain the evaluator's signature (professor or academic faculty member).

Additional information in individual degree programs is available here.

  • Master's Degree in Medicine
    Master's Thesis Guidelines, opens a file
  • Master's Degree in Civic Studies
    A Master's thesis topic will not be allocated until you have completed a minimum of half of the subject area in question.
  • Master's Degree in Sociology
    You can begin your Master's thesis once you can show proof of completing a minimum of 30 ECTS credits in the mandatory subjects and the subject area of Sociological Practices. See the curriculum for detailed information.
  • Master's Degree in Business Informatics
    You can start begin on your Master's thesis once you have completed subjects that are thematically relevant for your thesis. The thesis supervisor will decides what is relevant..
  • Diploma Degree in Business Education
    Students in the Diploma degree program of Business Education must have passed the subject of Forschungsmethodik (two certificates).

The cover sheet must contain the following information:

  • Name and location of the university
  • Institute
  • Diploma degree/Master's thesis title and subtitle
  • Master's degree thesis for the acquisition of an academic degree (name of degree)
  • Enrolled in the Master's degree program (name of program)
  • Name of the thesis supervisor
  • Name of the author
  • Month and year of submission


You can also opt to use the following templates:


Master's Thesis:

Diploma Degree Thesis:

From March 1, 2022 the submission of your academic paper to the Examination and Recognition Service will be exclusively in electronic form.


  • Before uploading your work, please first send the cover sheet to the Examination and Recognition Service by email (pas(at) to check the formal requirements.
  • After receiving positive feedback from the Examination and Recognition Service, upload the academic paper in pdf format at the following address:, opens an external URL in a new window.
  • The PDF file must be saved in such a way that the text of the thesis can be further processed digitally. In particular, it must not contain scanned image files. The file must also not be encrypted or password protected and should be saved in ISO 19005-1 compatible format (PDF/A) for long-term archiving.
  • If your master thesis or diploma thesis is to be excluded from publication, you must obtain the confirmation of the supervisor, fill out the “Sperrantrag” and send both by email to, opens an external URL in a new window. According to 86 para. 4 UG, the blocking request will only be granted if you can credibly demonstrate that important economic or legal interests are at risk.

Register a Diploma/Master's Degree Thesis, opens a file in a new window
(Please note: Please print both sides of the form, double-sided if possible)


Register a Master's Thesis, opens a file in a new window (Degree Program in Human Medicine)
(Please note: Please print both sides of the form, double-sided if possible)


Application to Suspend Access to the Thesis (Sperrantrag), opens a file in a new window
In accordance with the Austrian Universities Act § 86 Para. 4, the request will only be approved by the responsible authority providing the student can credibly justify that he/she/they have important legal or economic interests at risk. If this is the case, please make sure to include this information in the application!


Special regulations apply to dissertations. These conditions vary depending on whether or not you enrolled in the program before or after October 1, 2021.



Everyone's talking about plagiarism issues. But what exactly is plagiarism and how can you avoid it?


Your academic thesis or dissertation is considered to be plagiarized if you have

  • copied the entire academic paper
  • copied sections of the paper and fail to cite sources properly
  • used other people's theories or data as well as paraphrased (passages of text reproduced in your own words) without indicating the source or the author
  • included translated works in a foreign language without acknowledging the source or author
  • passed another's work on as being your own work

Learn about academic writing and how to correctly cite resources. The corresponding courses in the respective curricula, opens an external URL in a new window will help with this.

Follow the citation guidelines as outlined by the respective thesis supervisor / respective institutes.

To prevent plagiarism, once you have submitted your paper to the Office of Examinations and Recognition Services, your academic paper will be subjected to a plagiarism scan.

The JKU has created an "Ombuds Office for Good Academic Practices“ to address informal conflict resolution and proper scientific practice in regards to the guidelines listed below. The Ombuds Office is maintained by five members who have been appointed by the rector for a period of three years.

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