Masters' theses

  • registering at the examination office (possible anytime)
    with registration form, see website of the examination office;
    please note: the theses has to be handed in 6 months after registration -- will be verified at submission;
    • confirmation of necessary number of ECTS at examination office
    • signature of examiner in field "confirmation of topic assignment"
      (signature of the head of the examination committee not necessary)
    • seal and photocopy for the IMS at the secretary (Barbara Schäfer; room 02.008)
    • confirmation of the registration at the examination office; in addition, they will register you for the "Research Module"

  • writing the Master's thesis

    • LaTeX minimal example to be used as template
      (by Antje Schweitzer and Nils Reiter, no warranty, feedback welcome!)

    • further useful resources and links for writing theses
    • language: English -- if the examiner/supervisor agrees, you can choose a different language. In this case, you need to include an English abstract in the appendix.

    • titlepage has to contain:
      • name und address of the IMS
      • title of the thesis
      • name of author
      • examiners (2 examiners for Master's theses; 1 of the examiners is 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."

      (An English version can be added:
      "I declare that I have developed and written the enclosed thesis completely by myself and that I have not used sources or means without declaration in the text. Any thoughts from others or literal quotations are clearly marked. The thesis was not used in the same or in a similar version to achieve an academic grading or is being published elsewhere. The enclosed electronic version is identical to the printed versions.")

  • handing in the Master's thesis in the secretary's office (Barbara Schäfer; room 02.008);
    with signed submission form (without supervisor's signature; translation available on demand: studienberatung@ims)

    • number of hard copies to be handed in:
      (identical casebound versions, adhesive if possible, all with titlepage and signed declaration - original signature, no scan or copy)
    1. 1 for each examiner (2 examiners for Master's theses; 1 of the examiners may be supervisor)
    2. 1 for the archive (via secretary)
    3. 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 single pages in color).
  • In addition, a copy of the title page and an electronic version (CD only with thesis text in PDF and abstract in TXT format; please adhere it into one copy) must be handed in to the secretary.

  • The grade of the Master's thesis will be entered in the LSF by the examiner. In order to get your degree, you need to fill in the respecive request form in the examination office.