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Masterarbeit | AG Experimentelle Vaskuläre Medizin

Thema: Die Rolle des IL-6-Signalwegs beim Thrombozyten-turnover und der Thrombozytenaktivierung, bei einer akuten Entzündung (Thrombo-inflammation) (Ausschreibung)

Wir suchen eine hochmotivierte Studentin oder einen hochmotivierten Studenten für ein spannendes Projekt für eine Masterarbeit zum Thema Thrombozyten, Thrombo-inflammation und IL-6-Signalwege. Die Stelle ist ab sofort verfügbar in der Arbeitsgruppe für Experimentelle Vaskuläre Medizin unter der Leitung von Prof. Dr. Margitta Elvers am Institut für Kardiovaskuläre und Endovaskuläre Chirurgie, Universitätsklinikum Düsseldorf. Diese Masterarbeit ist Teil eines Projekts der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) (Projektnummer 500397648).

Dr. Sevgi Can Cengiz-Dartenne ()
Klinik für Gefäß- und Endovaskularchirurgie
Arbeitsgruppe Experimentelle Vaskuläre Medizin
Universitätsklinikum Düsseldorf
Gebäude 12.41, 1. OG, Raum 67
Moorenstr. 5
40225 Düsseldorf

Die Laufzeit der Angebote für Masterarbeiten beträgt 8 Wochen, eine Verlängerung ist auf Wusnch möglich ().

Master thesis

Generally, students inform themselves about possible Master's theses at the institutes of biology. Information on how to apply to the institutes can also be found on the websites of the individual institutes or in the LSF course catalogue.

In order to register a Master's thesis, the three Master's modules, the 3-month project work and the 2-month module pilot work & project outline must be completed in the two-year Master's programme in Biology (MBIO2). In the one-year Master's programme in Biology (MBIO1), you must have completed the 6-week project internship (with graded examination), as well as the module pilot work & project outline in order to register your thesis in the student portal. The module additional qualifications can be completed in both degree programmes as a follow-up or during the Master's thesis.

The Master's thesis is registered in the student portal under examination registration. Upon registration, the system automatically checks the formal requirements and provides feedback if registration is not possible. If the prerequisite check is successful, the registration is displayed to the first examiner in the system and he or she adds the second examiner. The examination board approves the registration and you will receive an email with the time period of the work and the topic of the thesis.


Students often find a matching institute for their Master's thesis within the Master's modules. If you are interested, it is best to contact the lecturers directly after completing the module. In the case that you have not found a suitable institute during the Master's modules, you would have to initatively apply to institutes for a place for the Master's thesis. Since the institutes are limited in terms of admission capacity, you should start your search early. We have listed helpful tips and avoidable mistakes below under the item: How do I successfully apply for a Master's thesis? There is also the possibility of an external Master's thesis.

After registration of the master's thesis in the student portal (i.e. after official assignment), the student has six months to submit the thesis. Master's theses are always experimental in nature and cannot be replaced by a theoretical master's thesis.

Master's theses are always assigned in consultation with a professor/institute of biology. Therefore, always write to the corresponding professors/institute directors by e-mail.

Requirements for a Master's thesis at a specific institute are:

  • Letter of motivation (Why am I interested in working specifically at your institute?) including the time period you plan to work on your thesis.
  • Sending of a current academic record, as well as a list of Master's modules that have already been accepted in the future.

Exceptions to these requirements are of course always possible in consultation with the professor/institute director.

The thesis topic and supervision is carried out by a professor (Prof.) or by a habilitated research assistant (PD) who works full-time in biology at the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf. Exceptions can be approved by the examination board. The examination board also appoints the supervisor.

The Master's thesis is to be assessed by two examiners who are qualified to assign thesis topics (Prof. or PD). At least one of these persons must work full-time at the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf.

It is possible to complete an experimental thesis outside the HHU Biology Department. However, the first examiner must be authorised to conduct examinations (PD or Prof.) and must work full-time in the Department of Biology at HHU.  In general, external Master's theses or Master's theses with external reviewers are exceptions to the rule and must be approved by the examination board. This is done when the topic is assigned in the student portal.

If you do not find a place for the thesis, the Biology Department can allocate you a Master's thesis.  An allocation takes place upon application.

You can complete the project work at the same institute, but you do not have to do it there. Since the Master's thesis is an experimental work, it can be useful or helpful to complete all modules in the same institute. This applies to both MBIO1 and MBIO2 degree programmes.

The 2-month module Project Outline & Pilot Work relates directly to the Master's thesis and must therefore necessarily be done in the same institute as the Master's thesis. In the case of external work, the first examiner from the subject Biology must confirm the module.

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