Coronavirus: special regulations regarding thesis registration and submission for CSE students

Please refer to the information from the department of informatics. Note that the following special regulations regarding thesis registration and submission only apply, if you are a student of M.Sc. Computational Science and Engineering:

  • Thesis submission: You only need to submit one hard-copy of the thesis for the examination board. Please confirm with your supervisor(s) if they require physical copies, or if they can accept a digital submission. In case additional physical copies are required, we can forward these to the TUM supervisors.

If you face technical problems, don't hesitate to contact us.

Registration and Formal Requirements

The master's thesis should preferably be started after all other program courses have been completed, but this is not a must. However, if the number of missing credits is too high, registration can and will be declined. As a policy, a person at TUM is officially always defining the topic, but you can conduct your thesis work in a variety of settings and get advice from people outside of TUM, as well:

  • Under the supervision of a TUM chair
    This is the most common choice for CSE students. Visit the website where TUM thesis offers are published. Not all thesis offers are published on this website, so also visit the websites of the research groups that attract you and contact the people in charge directly. It never hurts to ask!
  • At another university or research institute
    Visit the university's or institute's website to search for an interesting topic.
  • At a company 
    Many of our students start their thesis at the company, e.g., where they worked as an intern or a Werksstudent.

In the last two cases, you will have to make sure that you still find an examiner at TUM from one of the CSE-related schools (formerly, one of the 7 related departments):

  • School of Computation, Information, and Technology (CIT): comprising the former Informatics (IN), Mathematics (MA), and Electrical and Computer Engineering (EI)
  • School of Engineering and Design (ED): comprising the former Mechanical Engineering (MW), and Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering (BGU), and
  • School of Natural Sciences (NAT): comprising the former Physics (PH) and Chemistry (CH).

They will sign the registration form and grade your thesis. In such a setting, often an external person acts as an assistant advisor.

The CSE program coordinators often receive thesis offers from institutes at universities, different companies, or former CSE students. External thesis offers are usually posted at the bulletin board in front of the chair.

Every thesis must be examined by one (or two) professor(s) (with “Prof.” or “PD” in their title), where at least one must be a faculty member at TUM. If you wish to complete your thesis at an external company, be sure to find adequate examiners in time. Past students have experienced that it can be difficult to find professors who are willing to act as master's thesis examiners when they did not suggest the topic.

To register for your master's thesis, you will need to send your thesis proposal to the Examination Board (via the secretary of the CSE examination board) using this registration form. The registration form must include the topic and the intended start date, and it must be signed by the examiner and the student. This form should be handed in as soon as the topic and timeline are clear, as it helps narrow the content of the thesis, and defines a submission deadline. Note that the title provided in this form is preliminary and can be changed without further consultation (provided the topic does not stray too far off the initial proposal).

We highly recommend that you submit an abstract of the thesis before submitting the registration form, in order to ensure that the topic is appropriate for CSE. This is especially important if the thesis will be written at an external university, a company, or a non-CSE chair at TUM. Only topics that are related to CSE will be accepted.

The master's thesis should be written in English. The Examination Board may accept another language, but in that case a summary in English must be included. The summary should not exceed one page (15-20 lines are sufficient).

Need help writing in English? The English Writing Center offers free one-to-one consulting in English writing to all members of the TUM community. This is a great offer that can boost the quality of your thesis. Have a look at their website and book an appointment now!

For a general overview of all formalities regarding the master's thesis, refer to the information here. In particular, note that you must be enrolled throughout the working time of the thesis, up to the moment you submit (see here).

Submitting your Master's Thesis

Submission Deadline

The master's thesis must not be handed in later than six months after your thesis start date. The start date is indicated on the registration form.

Note: Please make sure in advance that the chosen topic can be handled within the required timeframe. This is especially important if you plan to write your thesis at another university or an external institution, as they may be used to having more time to complete a thesis project.

Submission Requirements

You must submit identical copies of your thesis:

  • one official copy for the Examination Board
  • one copy for each of your examiners

The official copy for the Examination Board must be submitted to the CSE coordinators. You may give the additional copies directly to the examiner(s) or submit the copies via the coordinators, who will forward them to the examiner(s) for grading.

You may submit the thesis via postal services. In such case, the postmark date will be the submission date. Please send your documents to the following address:

CSE Coordinators
Institut für Informatik 5
Boltzmannstr. 3

85748 Garching

Note: All copies must be submitted by the submission deadline.

The use of a proper typesetting system like LaTeX is strongly recommended. Please refer to the thesis guidelines and rules for form and delivery while you are working on the thesis. Since these thesis guidelines hold for theses of the Informatics programs, make sure you adapt them for CSE. A template that fulfills all formal requirements for CSE can be found here (provided by Walter Simson).

Thesis Grading

After you submit your thesis, the coordinators will send a request for grading to the examiners. The examiners usually need a few weeks for reviewing and grading. When having more than one examiner, the thesis grade is calculated by averaging the value of the two grades given by the examiners.

Thesis Presentation

CSE regulations do not require thesis presentations, but some examiners choose to make them mandatory. If your examiner requires you to present your thesis, he/she will determine the presentation format, and you will be responsible for finding a date and room for the presentation. You are welcome to use the SCCS Colloquium for this purpose.

Note: The submission date of your thesis is the official last date of your thesis work. Even if your presentation is after this date, the submission date will still be used for official purposes.

Prolongation

If you are unable to meet the submission deadline for any reason outside your control (i.e. access to resources/facilities, software/hardware failure, medical conditions, ...), you can request an extension of the working time via the secretary of the Examination Board with appropriate supporting documentation. Please send such a request as soon as issues arise, and at least one week before the deadline, so that the extension can be processed in a timely manner.

In general, if you are ill and prevented from working on the thesis, the working period will be paused according to the received medical certification. Please refer to the following link describing what the medical note must include in order to be considered valid: https://www.tum.de/en/studies/during-your-studies/organizing-your-studies/examinations/withdrawing-from-examinations-medical-certificates

For all other cases, your supervisor must agree with the extension or, even better, provide a statement acknowledging the reasons for the extension.