Students must complete the compulsory module Master's thesis (30 ECTS), as well as the associated Master's colloquium (6 ECTS) by the time they graduate. To book the master thesis and the master colloquium, you must have successfully completed the modules of the Methods and Research Logics group.
The master thesis process always starts with the preliminary meeting. Preliminary meetings of each department take place towards the end of the semester and will be announced further down on this page and by email. At the preliminary meeting, you will be informed about the process and possible topics for the master's thesis.
Following the preliminary meeting, you will draft a concept. This serves as a basis for the decision on a supervision relationship. The supervision agreement is a prerequisite for booking the module Master's Thesis and the Master's Colloquium.
The master thesis is accompanied by a colloquium. Whether you book the master colloquium in the first or second semester of the master thesis depends on the supervisor.
Submission dates for the master's thesis are June 1 or December 1.
For more information about completing your master's degree and thesis, please visit the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences website. Please read the information carefully.
In the consecutive Master's program in Communication Science and Media Research, supervision of Master's theses is offered by all departments. In the specialized programs, the following professors offer supervision of the master's thesis and the colloquium:
|Communication Science and Media Research|
Internet & Society
Use current research projects, publications, and courses in the appropriate departments as a guide for topic selection:
Media Socialization & Media Literacy, Prof. Daniel Süss
Internet Use & Society, Prof. Eszter Hargittai
International & Comparative Media Research, Prof. Frank Esser
Public Sphere & Society, Prof. Mark Eisenegger
Political communication, Prof. Thomas Zerback
Media Psychology & Effects, Prof. Werner Wirth
Science Communication, Prof. Mike S. Schäfer
Strategic Communication & Media Management, Prof. Nadine Strauß
Media & Internet Governance, Prof. Natascha Just
Media Use & Effects, Prof. Thomas N. Friemel
The master thesis process begins with the preliminary meeting. Preliminary meetings of the individual departments take place towards the end of the semester. Everyone who wants to start with the master thesis in the following semester is obliged to attend the preliminary meeting.
Here you can find the current preliminary meeting dates. (PDF, 106 KB)
A supervision agreement is a prerequisite for booking the module Master's Thesis.
You book the master thesis and the colloquium during the regular module booking deadlines in the online module booking.
After the module booking deadline, you will receive an e-mail (to your UZH address) asking you to log in to our website to enter the provisional title of your master's thesis and the name of your supervisor.
Track and review your study progress at any time in the «Study Progress & Graduation» app. If you have fulfilled your program requirements, you can register for graduation.
Relevant for registering for graduation is the semester reference:
The semester reference is important for the registration deadlines. For a graduation in the fall semester, the registration has to be done at the latest on March 15 of the following semester, for a graduation in spring semester at the latest on October 15 of the following semester.