How can I pursue a thesis at UMTL?
If you are interested to write a Bachelor's or Master's thesis with us, please be aware of the following prerequisites and principles:
- Optimally, you have successfully attended lectures and/or seminars given from our group or you are enrolled in the Mediainformatics-programme (Bachelor or Master).
- There are now two options:
- You already have a topic (e.g. inspired by an external company): In order to learn more about our research interests, please visit the individual web pages of our team members. Please send Prof. Krüger an email with the names of team members that match the topic of your thesis closest. We will then organise a personal meeting where we can further discuss your topic.
- You are looking for a topic. First please have a look at our open thesis page. Alternatively, visit the individual web pages of our team members and identify those team members that work on topics that you find interesting. Send Prof. Krüger an email with the names of those team members along with the research areas that you find interesting. We will then organise a personal meeting where we can further discuss a potential topic.
After I have a topic and an advisor - what else do I need?
- You need to do our Bachelor/Master Seminar
- You need to implement systems/conduct studies/... depending on the thesis' goals (which you discuss with your advisor)
- You need to defend your thesis
- You need to write down your thesis (A German and English template for this can be found here).
Which aspects are considered for the thesis grading?
The following questions are considered (if applicable for the specific thesis topic and further questions might be considered if relevant for it) while grading a thesis. This is aimed at providing you with an overview of aspects important to a thesis. If you have any further questions, refer to your advisor for more information.
- Is the thesis topic (as agreed upon initially) properly addressed?
- Does the thesis show the student implemented appropriate scientific methods (i.e., decisions were made in an informed manner and documented properly, etc.)?
- Related work
- Is the selection of related work applicable and comprehensive?
- Was the feedback on the related work during the BMS properly integrated in the thesis?
- Is the related work appropriately presented (i.e., it was described in a focused way what constitutes the related work, it was clearly shown why this work is relevant for one's own work and which aspects have flowed into one's own work, etc.)?
- Are citations used correctly and wherever needed?
- Is the bibliography complete with consistent formatting?
- Execution of the written part
- Does the abstract properly describe the thesis?
- Is the thesis structured correctly and comprehensibly?
- Is the motivation of the thesis clearly elaborated on?
- Does the thesis contain a clear summary of the results achieved?
- Is there a critical discussion on the performance and the limitations of the work to reflect on the choices made?
- Is future work thoroughly described and are connections to the own work well presented?
- Is the language used appropriate without spelling mistakes?
- Does the thesis follow an internal consistency (e.g., special terms are always written in the same form)?
- Is the thesis consistent and free of incorrect descriptions (i.e., there are no contradictions within the thesis, etc.)?
- Is the thesis presented clearly and are the means of presentation appropriate (e.g., short sentences, images are used were reasonable, images are easy to understand, etc.)?
- Is the layout of the thesis appropriate (i.e., all images are referenced, no widows and orphans, tables are properly formatted, etc.)?
- Is the concept (in relation to the thesis topic) presented thoroughly in the thesis?
- Is the chosen and described solution novel?
- Is the concept appropriately presented with a motivation why this solution is the correct one to target the goal of the work?
- Does the implementation do what it should and does it fulfill the task?
- Has an appropriate technology stack been chosen and described properly?
- Is the implementation robust and fault tolerant?
- Is the implementation extensible?
- Is the source code documented? Is there documentation on how to deploy/continue to work on the implementation?
- Is the implementation and its approach appropriately presented in the thesis?
- User interface/User experience
- Does the implementation have an appealing and intelligible user interface and is it documented properly in the thesis?
- Does the interface offer a high usability and a good user experience?
- Are the hypotheses/questions presented appropriate?
- Is the method suitable to answer the hypotheses/questions and is it commonly used in related work to tackle these aspects?
- Is the amount of recruited participants/the amount of data points considered appropriate?
- Is the type of recruited participants/the data sources selected fitting (e.g., no gender bias)?
- Was the raw data handled correctly with appropriate the statistical analysis?
- Is the method appropriately presented in the thesis (i.e., can the study be replicated based on what was described in the thesis)?
- Are the results appropriately presented in the thesis?
- Are the results appropriately discussed, specifically in respect to the presented hypotheses/questions?