Information about the supervision of master theses by Univ.-Prof. Claus Lamm and other members of the Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Unit (SCAN-Unit)

Formal guidelines master thesis SCAN-Unit

General guidelines master thesis

Master thesis submission: general process


General information regarding supervision of master theses and research seminar

Several people at the SCAN-Unit generally supervise master theses. However, the allocation of theses topics and places in Prof. Lamm's research seminar works identically.
If there are new topics available, they will be centrally announced here and interested students are invited to apply for them. Note, that only students who are already admitted for a master thesis at the SCAN-Unit get a place in the research seminar.
Please make sure you've considered the specific requirements for supervision of master thesis.
Individual requests for master thesis and/or questions about when there will be new topics and/or how to get a place in the research seminar will not be answered!

The grading of the Master theses follows the general evaluation criteria set forth by the Study Program Director of Psychology. Thus, each thesis is evaluated based on the criteria included in the grading sheet available for download here:

Gutachten zur Masterarbeit_Vorlage


General requirements

  1. Bachelor-degree in psychology

  2. Focus on master study "Geist und Gehirn" ("Mind and brain") or similar studies with neuroscientific background. 

  3. Ideally completion of the course "Theorie und Empirie wissenschaftlichen Arbeitens" (TEWA) with focus on biopsychological methods.

Allocation of master-theses

There are two possible tracks to apply for a master thesis supervision:

  • Track 1: At the beginning of each semester, on special occasions during the semester and here, open topics for master theses will be announced. Interested candidates can apply for these topics. For the selection of candidates,  prior experiences in the field of social, cognitive and affective neuroscience as well as grades in relevant courses - such as "Biologische Psychologie I and II", "Proseminar zu biologischen Grundlagen des Erlebens und Verhaltens", "Theorie und Empirie wissenschaftlichen Arbeitens (Geist und Gehirn)", "Social Neuroscience" etc. - will be considered.

The application should include: -A letter of motivation
-A tentative thesis-exposé that shows how you intend to work on the research topic (theory (background), hypotheses, research design, material and methods incl. sample and intended statistical analysis)

  • Track 2: Interested candidates can discuss individual topics in the office hours of the designated supervisor. If he/she is willing to supervise the thesis, you need to provide an application including the same documents as in track 1.

Next steps when tentative accepted as master student

  1. Students, who use EEG, tDCS and/or TMS for their research: Assistance in at least 15 EEG- or TMS- or 5 tDCS-measurements. 

  2. Presenting your research-intention ("Planungsreferat") in the research seminar ("Masterarbeit-Seminar"). This should include theory (background), hypotheses, research design, material and methods incl. sample and intended statistical analysis (in english).

  3. Writing a detailed exposé. This should include scientific aspects as well as a concrete time schedule.


After this steps and the affirmation of the exposé (by Claus Lamm, or another intern supervisor) follows

  1. the approval of the experimental design,

  2. the allowance to work autonomously in the labs of the SCAN-Unit,

  3. and with it the official acceptance for supervising the master-thesis.

Master students are obligated to participate at the research seminar ("Masterarbeit-Seminar"). Every master student has to give two presentations on his/her master thesis- a presentation on the design ("Planungsreferat") and a presentation on the results ("Auswertungsreferat").

For further information about the research seminar, please see the following page: Master's Thesis Seminar (Masterarbeits-Seminar)

For external supervision of master thesis, please see the following page:
External Supervision of Master Thesis