Thesis

The Bachelor’s and Master’s study programmes include a Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis. The intention is for students to work independently on a problem from their chosen subject area in accordance with scientific methods and within a predetermined period.

Bachelor's thesis

Students generally begin to write their Bachelor’s thesis immediately after the practical project and work on it over a period of 12 weeks. The supervisor is usually the professor who also supervised the practical project. The topic should be agreed in the 4 weeks before the student begins work on the thesis. The topic for the Bachelor’s thesis can build on experience gained during the practical project. Students present the results of their Bachelor’s thesis in an oral examination.

Master's thesis

Students generally begin to write their Master’s thesis immediately after the Master’s project and work on it over a period of 6 months. The topic should be agreed in the 4 weeks before the student begins work on the thesis. The topic for the Master’s thesis can build on experience gained during the Master’s project. Students present the results of their Master’s thesis in an oral examination.

Admission requirements

Bachelor’s programmes in Applied Computer Science, Digital Media and Business IT:
Admission to the Bachelor’s thesis is dependent on successful completion of the modules in the first to fourth semesters and the practical project or on evidence of the student having acquired at least 135 credits (ECTS) and of having successfully completed all modules in the first and second semesters and the practical project.

Bachelor’s programme in E-Health:
Admission to the Bachelor’s thesis is dependent on successful completion of the modules in the first to fifth semesters and the practical project or on evidence of the student having acquired at least 165 credits (ECTS) and of having successfully completed all modules in the first to third semesters and the practical project.

Master’s programme in Applied Computer Science, Global Software Development:
Students are admitted to the Master’s thesis if, allowing for no more than one missing module, all modules in the first to third semesters ‒ or in the first to second semesters in GSD ‒ have been completed successfully.

Registration and examiners

Registration

Students may only register for the Bachelor’s thesis if recognition of the practical project has been completed. To register, contact the Practice Adviser (E-Mail: praxisreferat.ai@informatik.hs-fulda.de).

The thesis must be registered with Student Administration before work on it begins. Student Administration sets the dates for starting and ending the work on the thesis. 

Examiners

The Bachelor’s thesis is assessed by two examiners, whose names must be given to Student Administration when registering the thesis. The first examiner must be a professor in Department AI and is generally the professor supervising the thesis. The second examiner must have a degree that is at least comparable to a Bachelor’s/Master’s degree.

Form and submission

The thesis must be handed in to Student Administration no later than on the last day for working on it. The documents may also be handed in during the opening times of the Information Centre in the Student Service Center (German) (Mon-Fri 8.00-16.00).
 
The following copies are required:

  • Printed version of the Bachelor’s/Master’s thesis + Bachelor’s/Master’s thesis on CD/DVD for the first examiner/adviser
  • Printed version of the Bachelor’s/Master’s thesis for the second examiner/co-adviser (+ option of thesis on CD/DVD)
  • Bachelor’s/Master’s thesis as a pdf file on CD/DVD for Student Administration

Oral examination

The oral examination generally consists of a presentation lasting approximately 20 minutes and discussion of the Bachelor’s thesis, immediately followed by an oral examination lasting approximately 20 minutes, which covers subjects related to the topic area of the Bachelor’s thesis. The oral examination is graded as "pass" or "fail".

The oral examination generally takes place within 5 weeks after submission of the Bachelor’s thesis. If the student so requests, the date of the oral examination can be postponed by one month. If the date of the oral examination would fall in the tuition period of the next semester, the oral examination may also be taken in parallel to the work on the Bachelor’s thesis.

If the oral examination takes place after the Bachelor’s thesis has been submitted, the student shall be informed of the grade awarded for the Bachelor’s thesis by the date of the oral examination.

Info

You can find the registration forms for the thesis here (German)