Thesis

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.

Where can I look for a thesis topic?

  • On the ILIAS page "Student Theses at IMS" in the working group "Studying @ IMS" you can inform yourself about possible topics.
  • You might also want to check out the projects involving the IMS or Research Groups for more topic ideas.
  • Further topics and information can be found at the Chair TCL.
  • In general, working on a topic outside of the IMS (e.g. with companies or other institutes) is possible. But, please make sure to talk about your idea with an IMS-internal examiner.

How much time should I plan for this step?

  • It depends on whether you decide to work on a given topic or want to come up with an idea yourself. It's best to contact your supervisor early (up to 3 months before you plan to start working on your thesis).
  • Note: For external thesis topics you should plan even more time.

 

... for your B.Sc.: ... for your M.Sc.:
  • at least 120 CP.
  • For the Bachelor's thesis, you must attend the Projektseminar Maschinelle Sprachverarbeitung, see module manual.
  • Orientation exam ("Orientierungsprüfung") needs to be passed.
  • at least 60 CP
  • For the Master's thesis, you must attend the Research Module, see module manual.
  • Requirement modules need to be passed prior to registering your thesis!

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.

Steps:
  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

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.

You can also find example theses (and proposals) on ILIAS.


Please note that some supervisors can have varying specifications when it comes to style. Make sure to talk to them first. Also, you can find helpful links on how to write a thesis on ILIAS and in our Styleguide

If you run into problems while writing your thesis, you can talk to your program manager or directly to the head of the examination board about getting an extension of time providing a sufficient reason.

Maximally possible are 3 months.

You'll need to fill out a form and send it to head of the examination board via this alias.

  • 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 Master's theses:    3 hard copies (min.)
  • 1 for the archive (via secretary)
  • 1 for your examiner
  • 1 for your advisor
  • 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)

 

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Note 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).

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).

  • The grade for the Thesis consist of the written submission only (check the grading criteria on ILIAS).

 

  • For the M.Sc. the grade for your Research Module is composed of
    • your proposal,
    • the presentation after submitting the thesis and
    • an oral exam.

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.


Note: If necessary, the examination office can provide a provisional pass certificate ("4,0 Bescheinigung") if you passed, indicated by the supervisor marking your thesis as such on C@mpus, but the grade still needs to be decided.

Dissertations

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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