Registration for Master's Thesis and Case Study

Master's thesis formalities
  • Precondition to start with your thesis is to have fulfilled 70 credits and passed 6 compulsory courses.
    If you would like to start your Master's thesis, please request the registration form from the examination office, stating the names of your first and second examiner. The registration form is sent via e-mail to the supervising chair. The form has to be returned to the examination office after anouncement of the topic, at the latest within two weeks.
  • The preparation time is six months; early submission after four months is possible.
  • Theses that have to be handed in, have to be sent as a pdf-document via e-mail to the examination office and to both examiners in CC. The Master's thesis must be received by 23:59 on the day of submission at the latest.
  • A presentation following the written thesis is compulsory and is included in the final grade of the Master's thesis.
  • Students can apply for an extension of the processing time of their Master's thesis together with the supervising chair by e-mail using the required form at the examination office. The form is available on request from the examination office.
  • You have to work on your thesis alone and no other but the admitted sources and material is allowed to use. Don't forget to add a signed declaration of independence. You can find an example on the right side under Downloads.
  • The task can only be returned once and within the first month of editing. The examination office and the supervising chair must be informed immediately in this case.
  • Please use only your RUB e-mail address for communication with the Examination Office.

For all questions regarding the formalities and the registration of the Master's thesis, please contact

How to find a thesis topic
  • Open Master's thesis topics are published e.g. by the chairs on their websites or by us via the CompEng Info Moodle course.
  • When looking for a topic, it is helpful to ask yourself which courses you particularly liked or which field you are interested in.
  • It also makes sense to think about your next step after graduation. Do you want to continue with a doctorate or would you rather go into industry? You should keep this in mind when choosing a topic.
  • You already have an idea in which field you would like to write your Master’s thesis, but you don't know who would be a suitable supervisor? Just get in touch with us.
  • You have found a topic for a Master's thesis, but the first supervisor is not a CompEng lecturer? Members of other faculties can apply to be admitted as first supervisors.
  • The second supervisor should come from the Masters's degree programme in Computational Engineering.

For all questions regarding finding a Master’s thesis topic, contact

Writing the Master's thesis in a company
  • If you want to go into industry after your Master's degree, a thesis in a company is a good option. This way you can gain practical experience, get a first impression of the German job market and complete your thesis at the same time.
  • Companies usually offers the possibility of writing the master's thesis within the framework of an internship or a working student contract. Some positions are already advertised with the possibility of writing the master's thesis.
  • In addition to a supervisor in the company, you need a supervisor at the university. The supervisor at RUB is always the first supervisor and is the main responsible person. If the supervisor is not a CompEng lecturer, members of other faculties can apply to be admitted as supervisors. The supervisor from the company must have at least a comparable degree to an approved examiner at RUB. A second supervisor should come from the Masters's degree programme in Computational Engineering.

For all questions regarding writing the Master’s thesis in a company, contact

Registration for Case Study
  • Two case studies can be written as part of the curriculum. One as an compulsory optional course and one as an optional course, which are each credited with 3 CP.
  • Case studies can be worked on alone or in small groups (1-3 students).
  • The topic of the case study can be discussed with a lecturer. If you are interested in a particular topic, it is advisable to contact a lecturer directly.
  • Case studies that are written within a course can be worked on without registration. However, if a case study is written outside the RUB, for example in a company, it must be registered with the examination office.

For further details on case studies, see the curriculum.
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