Sometimes it is also accepted that the author simply provides constructive critical analysis of existing theories or viewpoints without necessarily offering any new ones. In short academic requirements for a thesis, especially the demand of originality, are much higher than for a research paper. Each university sets its own rules and regulations for presentation style and the length of a thesis depending on the research area. In some universities the rules can be stricter, foreseeing very specific style and format requirements. There are however certain components that are always prerequisite in thesis presentation style, such as table of contents or abstract. You may include a dedication or acknowledgement and depending on the research field, graphics, tables or research methods. All the aforementioned components might not be expected in a research paper. However, as both are academic documents bibliography together with accurate referencing must be presented.
The thesis must be submitted to the first examiner within the 6 month after the topic has been issued. The thesis must provide a written guarantee that the work was done independently, that no other sources or aids were used other than those referenced, that any passages taken literally or in spirit from other sources are identified as such, and that the thesis has not been submitted to any other examination authority in the same or similar form.
Three paper copies with Leimbindung (perfect binding) and an electronic version of the thesis must be submitted to the first examiner. The first examiner will then give one copy to the second examiner and one copy to the academic examination office in Hannover.
The Master's thesis must be graded within six weeks of its submission. The examiners needs to write an evaluation report and fill in the Evaluation of a thesis or research project form taking the Master's thesis and the colloquium into account. The evaluation form needs to be sent to the examination office in Hannover so that the result of the Master's thesis can be accounted and the final certificate can be issued.