Bachelor's and Master's Theses

If you're interested in working on a thesis related to our research topics, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us.

Julia Nentwich supervises theses on thematic areas of gender, diversity and change. Topics and questions can be found in the context of her current research or developed from own ideas.

As soon as I have agreed to supervise your thesis, you can schedule appointments in my meeting hour using the "setmore" platform. To do this, simply select a 15-minutes time slot on the platform using this link:

Make sure to choose "Sprechstunde" and "Julia Nentwich" and reserve an available appointment. At the agreed time, I will call you on MS Teams. If all the available appointments are booked, you can select "Julia Nentwich Additional Time" to schedule more time.


  • If you need supervision, please send me an email with your initial ideas for the topic. If your topic aligns with my area of expertise, I will suggest booking an appointment in my meeting hours (see point 1).
  • After our first meeting, you will need to write a 1-3 page outline that includes your research question, objective, and an overview of your topic. We will discuss this outline at our second meeting.
  • If you have any questions, you can always book an appointment to discuss them with me during my meeting hours. For empirical projects, we will usually discuss data generation and analysis separately.
  • Two weeks before your official deadline, you will need to give a short presentation of your thesis (management students). This presentation is not graded, but the feedback you receive will be incorporated into your final thesis (see point 3).
  • After your paper has been graded, please feel free to send me a short note. I will be happy to provide you with valuable feedback in return. We can also schedule a meeting to discuss this feedback in person.

It is important to remember that with empirical work, it is impossible to provide a ready-made outline at the beginning. We can decide on the topic and theoretical direction, but the center of the work can only be determined after the empirical analysis.

For Bachelor thesis in BWL an oral presentation is obligatory. For more details, please refer to the directives of the Secretary of Studies (Art. 5.17, 5.18) dated August 1, 2023 and the FAQ of the Bachelor BWL.

The following applies to the work I supervise:

  • Students register for a presentation appointment using this form. Presentation appointments always take place about two weeks before a submission deadline.
  • Each paper is scheduled for 20 minutes of presentation, discussion, and feedback. Please prepare a maximum of 5 slides for this purpose and bring them printed out as a handout. Briefly outline the research question, procedure and design, results and your contribution to the research. You will receive feedback from all participants and are expected to attend all presentations scheduled for this meeting and also provide feedback to others.
  • The presentation will not be graded, the feedback received here will be included in the final version of the thesis.

When working on a research project, you can choose to approach it empirically or through a literature review. However, if you opt for an empirical approach, it is important that you have prior knowledge of qualitative research methods. It is also mandatory to include a methodological chapter, which outlines the chosen method and procedure, the assumptions of scientific theory, and how the general procedure was applied to the research question and material collection. If you're conducting empirical research, it is crucial to ensure anonymity, especially when conducting interviews with experts. This means that you should handle the recording of the interview and transcripts with care, and make sure that they don't travel on various data carriers. It is recommended to store such data on an external hard disk or similar device at the workplace. To maintain anonymity, it is mandatory to use pseudonyms for the interviewees in your thesis, and to describe the sample in a way that people are not clearly identifiable. For example, instead of mentioning the company name, only the industry can be mentioned, and for the person, only the function description can be given. However, if the company name is mentioned, it is not possible to name the persons with function descriptions. If maintaining anonymity is difficult, the work can be classified as confidential. In this case, it will not be freely available in the library catalogue, and may only be shared with third parties with the supervisor and author's consent. It is important to note that interview transcripts should not be added to the appendix of your thesis. Rather, the results section should be written in a way that original quotations from the material sufficiently document which statements were made. However, to examine the material more closely, it is mandatory to submit the interviews and transcripts via file transfer to your supervisor.

In addition to the official fact sheets, there are some recommendations that can help you write your paper effectively. The scope and structure of the paper may vary depending on the program you are in. You can find the currently applicable regulations in the program regulations, and an overview is also provided in the directives of the Secretary of Studies (pages 36-38).

Empirical studies:
10% Introduction
20-30% Literature Review/Theory
10% Methods
50% Empirical Findings
10% Conclusion
Literature Review:
10% Introduction
10% Methods
70% Literature Review
10% Conclusion


It is essential that the language used in work is free from discrimination. The HSG language guidelines state that using language that perpetuates inequality based on factors such as age, skin color, gender, language, national or social origin is discriminatory. Additionally, citation styles like APA style have regulations on the use of non-discriminatory language.

“Our language guidelines prioritize treating everyone fairly and using inclusive language in both words and imagery. When we communicate, we aim to address all groups respectfully, present information in an unbiased manner, and depict individuals and groups without relying on stereotypes.” (translated from German, HSG Language Guide)

Managing the literature during a bachelor's thesis is crucial, and using specialized software can be very helpful. It not only ensures that the correct citation style is applied while writing, but also helps with organizing and archiving literature research. Additionally, summaries can be efficiently stored while reading. I recommend using Zotero, which is a reliable and free solution for literature management.