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Students write their Master's thesis in English during the fourth semester. The period of 900 hours for working on the thesis begins with the date on which the examination committee assigns the topic. The student has 21 weeks to complete and submit the master’s thesis. The master’s thesis should be about 20,000 words in length. The master’s thesis is to be assessed by two authorized examiners appointed by the examination committee, one of whom must be the supervisor of the thesis. The grade for the master’s thesis is calculated as the arithmetical mean of the grades awarded by the two examiners. The two grades should be submitted to the examination committee within eight weeks after the submission of the thesis. After completion it is defended through a presentation and oral examination. With suitable scientific supervision, the Master's thesis can be written in cooperation with, for example, a scientific research facility outside Freie Universität Berlin.