Academic Honesty and Integrity

This website provides information on guidelines, rules, and regulations concerning good scientific practice and academic conduct, as well as (formal) criteria for academic writing and master's/doctoral theses.

Help & Tips

Are you looking for general information on how to write a thesis or academic writing processes?

  • The SPL Philosophy prepared a helpsheet, including a checklist for writing academic abstracts, as well as information on organisational matters regarding master's thesis topics and supervision, for you. This information document is meant to help you initiate and structure your writing process by writing an academic abstract, which you can use to contact potential supervisors.
  • You can use u:search to look up and access literature on academic writing. The University's library provides access to various kinds of books, papers, articles, data bases, etc. Using u:search, you can access many online resources for free!
  • The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) offers information, mentoring, and guidance regarding academic writing. More detailed information can be found at the CTL website.

 Formal criteria

Time frame Topic and scope should be chosen in a way that allows for completion of the thesis within six months time
Title page (appendices, images, etc.) As specified in the title page template (in English and German, font size and style as specified in the template)
Font -
Font size -
Line spacing 1,5-spaced
Single-sided/double-sided Double-sided
Declaration of authorship Please append such a declaration to your thesis
Digital/hard copy Digital and hard copy versions of the thesis need to be handed in
Quantity Two hard copies (hardbound) and one digital version (PDF) have to be handed in
Other specifications DIN-A4 portrait format, an abstract has to be included in the appendix, hardcover binding

You can contact the SSC in case you are unsure about your title page layout

Master's thesis title page template

Doctoral thesis

All information regarding doctoral theses can be found at the website of the Center for Doctoral Studies.