The universities are overcrowded and the professors are overburdened. This is how everyday life at many German universities looks like. Many students end up with a problem finding a supervisor for their master’s thesis. Because in order to best serve his students, a professor can only accept a limited number of final theses. For the graduate, this means looking for a supervisor: speed and quality are in demand. It is worthwhile to deal with the question of finding the right supervisor for your own master’s thesis soon enough, because anyone who comes first, as everyone knows, first of all grinds. But more and more professors are now demanding an ID card for the quality of their planned master’s thesis, which they want to assess on the basis of an exposé. With the help of an exposé, which is also referred to as an abstract, it is easy to judge whether your idea is conclusive, your research question is relevant and whether the topic fits in the field of research of the desired supervisor. The synopsis can be decisive for the acceptance or rejection of a professor for the supervision of your master’s thesis. Therefore, here are some tips on how to write the Exposés guaranteed nothing can go wrong.
An Exposé of the Master Thesis – What is it?
The Exposé of your master thesis is a short, usually about three to six pages comprehensive text, which should give an overview of your project in the context of the master’s thesis. It should show the problem, your topic and your related questions and explain their relevance. In addition, the approach chosen by you should be explained in the context of your structure and your theoretical basis in your exposé. Your supervisor can thus decide whether your project is coherent and whether he wants to supervise your master’s thesis or not. And even if you find it annoying that you have to prepare an exposé while writing a master thesis in addition to the already high workload, you should consider an exposé as an opportunity. It helps to focus on his own master’s thesis: The subject must change from a crude conceptual construct to a tangible problem that can be used to raise a research question that should be formulated precisely in the exposé. Both are points that represent the essential building blocks of your work and help you to advance your work. Your supervisor, in turn, can make you aware of difficulties with the help of your exposé, which you can thus avoid from the outset.
The individual components of an exposé
The style and length of your exposé are largely customizable. However, some components should include any good exposé of a master’s thesis. This includes an explanation of the concept of the Master’s thesis. In concrete terms, this means naming the topic of the work, explaining and narrowing down the problem on the basis of the already existing research, and then formulating a question that you want to deal with in a master’s thesis. In addition, the objective of the Master’s thesis as well as the methodology and theory to achieve this goal should be explained. This is followed by the draft of an outline for your master’s thesis. This does not yet have to be perfectly well-designed, because in every major scientific work, individual points of the outline change as work progresses. However, what your Exposé should include, is a structuring of the topics that you want to deal with in the main part of the master thesis. Only an outline brings a common thread in your master’s thesis and lets the way of your procedure and its meaningfulness be recognized and judged. Also a reference to the relevant literature, at least the relevant literary topics, should contain your exposé. It would be conceivable to include a provisional bibliography in the synopsis that contains the already researched literature. Lastly, your thesis summary should include a timetable. This, in turn, is a help for you as a reviewer, as well as an aid to your supervisor to get to know and adapt to your work mode. In addition, attaching a schedule proves professionalism and organizational talent.
The exposé of your master thesis as a unique feature
A successful synopsis can open the door to cooperation with the supervisor of your choice. Can you convince this with your exposé, the important foundation for a successful cooperation and a good result is already laid. Your supervisor’s first impression of your abilities counts and at best you prove commitment and a structured way of working with your exposé. In addition, you can use your exposé to demonstrate what you have learned during your studies in the field of scientific work. Even a striking typography and the avoidance of clerical errors make your exposé a unique selling proposition. So it pays to put effort into making the exposé of your master’s thesis, because the profit is maximum.