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Examinatons: Thesis

Admission to the thesis

Before you can write a bachelor's thesis, you must fulfill the required number of 110 ECTS credits.

For the admission to write a master's thesis, you need the following number of ECTS:

Subject ECTS
Informatik / Computer Science 75
Embedded Systems Engingeering 75
Mikrosystemtechnik / Microsystems Engineering 56
Sustainable Systems Engineering 70


The registration form is only available from the Examinations Office during opening hours. 

Finding a topic / Assigned topics

Generally, topics are chosen according to the following procedure:

  • Topics arise out of the material you are studying and are based on where your interests lie.
  • When choosing a topic, you should first establish an overview of the research already conducted on the subject in order to find areas that have received little attention.
  • After reviewing the research already done on the subject, you should choose a topic and try to state your theme by narrowing it down and expressing it as clearly as possible.
  • In the next step, you should present your topic idea to a professor in order to convince him or her to supervise your project. Your project advisor will give you advice about your chosen topic and will be able to tell you if you need to expand your theme or narrow it down.

If you do not already have a topic, you can also approach a professor regarding possible topics or ideas. If you still cannot find a topic, you can also contact the Board of Examiners.

You can drop your original topic once and ‘return’ it within two months after beginning your thesis. You must register a new topic within four weeks. A change of topics does not extend the total time allowed to write a thesis. If you discontinue one topic within the first two months, you then only have four months to complete your thesis on the new topic.


Thesis placements

Students are allowed to write their thesis while working in a company or an institute (for example, at one of the Fraunhofer Institutes) in a work placement. According to the Assessment Guidelines, at least one advisor from the Faculty of Engineering must assess the thesis. A thesis that was written during a placement must be pre-approved by a faculty supervisor. A thesis can only be assessed by faculty examiners. Examiners are professors or academic staff whom the University Senate has approved to be examiners. Because few companies have employees who are thus authorized to be examiners, students must also choose a second advisor/examiner from within the Faculty of Engineering.

Writing period

  • Bachelor' thesis: 3 months
  • Master's thesis:


Subject Period
Computer Science 6 months
Embedded Systems Engineering 6 months
Sustainable Systems Engineering 6 months
Microsystems Engineering 12 months


If you become ill while writing your thesis

If you become ill while writing your thesis, you must print out the medical certificate for your doctor to fill in and sign. This form must then be submitted to the Examination Office. You must submit this certificate to the Examination Office as soon as possible, especially if you become ill shortly before the submission deadline. The Examination Office will determine the number of days of illness and notify you of the extended deadline. The medical certificate should include a description of the illness (for example, description of pain) and to what extent this temporarily prevents you from writing your thesis. An exact diagnosis is helpful but not necessary. However, the clearer the doctor’s description is, the easier it will be to determine your inability to complete the thesis on time (for example, if you have a fever and are diagnosed with the flu). It is not sufficient for your doctor to write that you are ‘unable to complete the thesis’. Furthermore, the Examination Office does not accept an ‘Arbeitsunfähigkeitsbescheinigungen’ (incapacity certificate). If the Examination Office has any reason to believe that the medical certificate is unfounded, it can require you to see a public health officer. 


Leave of absence during the thesis

You are allowed to apply for a leave of absence if you are unable to attend classes during a semester. You must submit the application for a leave of absence along with any necessary documents. 
While on a leave of absence, you are allowed to take examinations and complete assessed coursework that are not part of a module. Because the thesis is also a module, this means you are not allowed to apply for a leave of absence to write your thesis. 


Extension of the working period

    Students can apply for extensions from the Board of Examiners. They must specify the reasons for an extension. Extension period in all the bachelor degree programs is maximum 6 weeks. For students of M.Sc. Microsystems Engineering it is, according to the exam guidelines, not possible to extend the working period.


    Submitting your thesis

    The deadline for submitting your thesis can be found in your registration confirmation, or online in your ‘Leistungsübersicht’ (Academic Transcript). If the deadline is on a weekend or holiday, the deadline is automatically falls on the next workday.

    You should submit your thesis to the Examination Office on the day of the deadline at the very latest. If the date of submission falls on a day on which the Examination Office is not open, you can submit the work in the faculty library. Further questions cannot be answered by the library staff.

    You can send us the thesis with a parcel service as well. Make sure, however, that the respective shipping provider guarantees that the thesis will be delivered on time.


    Number of bound copies:


    • Bachelor's thesis:
    Subject Number of bound copies
    Computer Science 2
    Embedded Systems Engineering 2


    • Master's thesis:
    Subject Number of bound copies
    Computer Science 3
    Microsystems Engineering 3
    Embedded Systems Engineering 3
    Sustainable Systems Engineering 3



    Presenting your thesis

    You are expected to present your thesis within a few days after submitting it to the Examination Office. Students are required to notify the Examination Office of the date of their presentation. The following information concerns presenting your thesis:

    • The presentation will be held in front of two examiners and an additional exam assessor and will be either an individual or group exam.
    • The presentation of your thesis is open to other students and University members unless you submit a request to the Board of Examiners of your department. Other students will not be allowed to listen to the board’s discussion or its issuance of the grade.
    • Other regulations, such as the extent and duration of the exam, will be determined by the examiners.


    Resubmitting the thesis

    Students are allowed to resubmit a bachelor's thesis if they received a grade of ‘nicht ausreichend’ (fail) one time only. If you receive a passing grade for a bachelor's thesis, the thesis cannot be resubmitted. You must apply to resubmit a bachelor's thesis within two months after receiving notice of not passing this degree requirement. Failure to meet this deadline means you will not be allowed to write a bachelor's thesis unless you submit a mitigating circumstances form. The Chair of the Board of Examiners will determine a new deadline for proposing a new topic or for a new topic to be assigned. If you fail to meet this deadline, the Chair of the Board of Examiners will assign a topic within two weeks and issue a new deadline for resubmitting the thesis.


    Thesis publication

    Bachelor's, Master's and Diplom  theses are NOT PUBLISHED by the Examination Office as intellectual property. 
    Students are therefore not required to secure copyright or issue a notice in their thesis!