Bachelor thesis, master thesis, doctoral thesis - everything you need to know to write a thesis

Steps for the Preparation of a Bachelor's or Master's Thesis

In the following, we describe the procedure for writing a Bachelor's thesis in the course of studies BSc Maschinelle Sprachverarbeitung and a Master's thesis in the course of studies MSc Computational Linguistics.

If there are differences between these theses, this will be indicated in the respective sections.

On the ILIAS page "Student Theses at IMS" in the working group "Studying @ IMS" you can inform yourself about possible topics.

Further topics and information can be found at the Chair TCL.

For the Bachelor's thesis, you must attend the Projektseminar Maschinelle Sprachverarbeitung, see module manual.

For the Master's thesis, you must attend the Research Module, see module manual.

You must register your Bachelor's thesis and Master's thesis at the examination office; this is possible at any time during the semester. Registration is done with a registration form, see website of the examination office. The form can be found on C@MPUS under All applications > My requests.

Please note: Theses have to be handed in within 6 months after registration -- this will be verified at submission.

  1. Confirm that you have reached the required number of ECTS credits. For this, approach the examination office, or print the document on C@MPUS ("My Application Forms")
  2. Get the examiner's signature for "confirmation of topic assignment"
    (a signature of the head of the examination committee is not necessary)
  3. Get a seal and photocopy for the IMS at the secretary (Karin Leonte; room 02.001)
  4. Submit and confirm the registration at the examination office
  5. For the Master's thesis, the examination office will register you for the "Research Module" automatically


  • LaTeX minimal example to be used as template (and a PDF generated using this template as an example)
    (by Antje Schweitzer and Nils Reiter, no warranty, feedback welcome!)
  • further useful resources and links for writing theses:
    • German:
      • in class "Projektseminar Maschinelle Sprachverarbeitung"
      • Schreibwerkstatt
      • Martin Kornmeier (2013): Wissenschaftlich schreiben leicht gemacht, 6th edition. UTB, available through the University library here
      • Björn Rothstein (2011): Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten für Linguisten. Tübingen: Narr Verlag.
    • English:
  • Language: 
    • Bachelor's theses: German ("old" examination regulations from 2009: English or German). If the supervisors and examiners agree, another language can be chosen. In that case the thesis has to contain a summary in German.
    • Master's theses: English. If the supervisors and examiners agree, another language can be chosen. In that case the thesis has to contain a summary in English.
  • The titlepage has to contain:
    • name und address of the IMS
    • title of the thesis
    • name of author
    • examiners (2 examiners for Master's theses; an examiner can also be a supervisor)
    • supervisor
    • date of beginning and end
  • All theses must include the following declaration (signed, stating location and date):

  • Hiermit erkläre ich, dass ich die vorliegende Arbeit selbstständig verfasst habe und dabei keine andere als die angegebene Literatur verwendet habe. Alle Zitate und sinngemäßen Entlehnungen sind als solche unter genauer Angabe der Quelle gekennzeichnet. Die eingereichte Arbeit ist weder vollständig noch in wesentlichen Teilen Gegenstand eines anderen Prüfungsverfahrens gewesen. Sie ist weder vollständig noch in Teilen bereits veröffentlicht. Die beigefügte elektronische Version stimmt mit dem Druckexemplar überein.

  • Theses that were not written in English may additionally include the following non-binding translation of this statement. :

This thesis is the result of my own independent work, and any material from work of others which is used either verbatim or indirectly in the text is credited to the author including details about the exact source in the text. This work has not been part of any other previous examination, neither completely nor in parts. It has neither completely nor partially been published before. The submitted electronic version is identical to this print version. 

Hand in the Bachelor's or Master's thesis in the secretary's office (Karin Leonte; room 02.001);
Hand it in with a signed submission form (without the supervisor's signature; translation is available on demand: student counselling)

  • Number of hard (paper) copies to be handed in:
    (identical casebound versions, adhesive if possible, all with titlepage and signed declaration - original signature, no scan or copy)
    • Bachelor's theses: 3 hard copies
      • 1 for the archive (via secretary)
      • 1 for your examiner
      • 1 for your advisor
    • Master's theses: 3 hard copies (min.)
      • 1 for the archive (via secretary)
      • 2 copies for the examiners (2 examiners needed for Master's theses!)
      • if applicable, additional copies for your advisor(s)
  • Note: Some examiners and advisors may actually prefer electronic copies to hard copies, so you might want to check with them whether they expect a hard copy or not before printing. The hard copy for the archive is obligatory.
  • regarding costs for printing: spiral binding and grayscale printing on normal paper are absolutely sufficient (but please format graphics in a way that the gray shades are distinct enough to be interpreted, or print individual pages in color).
  • In addition, a copy of the title page and an electronic version (CD only with thesis in PDF and abstract in TXT format; please adhere it into one copy) must be handed in to the secretary.

The grade of the Bachelor's or Master's thesis will be entered in C@MPUS by the examiner. In order to get your degree, you need to fill in the respective request form in the examination office. This can also be done when you submit the registration form.


Since April 1st, 2019, the new dissertation regulations are valid.

PhD students who started before this date can still use the old regulations.

See also

Submitted theses

Finalised theses are available via the IMS bibliography.

Student Counselling


Student Counselling

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Stefanie Anstein

study program manager BSc MSV & MSc CL; student advisor & contact person examination committee BSc MSV, MSc CL & MSc CS

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