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In order to obtain permission to write your final thesis, you must
- fulfil the admission requirements stipulated in the examination regulations for your study programme,
- submit an application to write your final thesis to the Examinations Office by the applicable deadline [PDF].
The first and second supervisors for your final thesis must sign the application. If the first supervisor is unable to sign the application, send an email requesting his or her written agreement to supervise your thesis. Print out the email of agreement and attach this to your application.
- Check with the examination board for your study programme or the Examinations Office whether you need to submit any other documents.
- Further requirements regarding writing your final thesis can be found in the Framework Regulations for Study Programmes and Examinations.
- Formal requirements for the final thesis, e.g. structure and number of pages, are stipulated by the examination board for your study programme.
First and second supervisors
- You choose the person who you wish to act as the first supervisor for your final thesis. This person must be a professor at HTW Berlin.
- The second supervisor can either be chosen by yourself or by the examination board for your study programme. As a minimum requirement, this person must hold at least the university degree for which you are currently studying. This could therefore be a qualified individual from a company, a different study programme at HTW Berlin or at a different university. External supervisors generally agree a teaching contact to supervise the thesis.
The final examination panel — first and second supervisor — is assigned by the examination board for your study programme.
At the beginning of the semester, the examination board for your study programme will decide
- whether to grant you admission to write your final thesis
- who will serve on the examination panel — comprising the first and second supervisor
- the title of your final thesis
- when the period of time for writing your thesis will start and finish
You will receive confirmation of this information from the faculty administration.
If requested for the purposes of disadvantage compensation for disability or any other reason, the examination board may define a longer completion period. To apply for an extension for writing your final thesis, submit the following documents to the examination board:
- An application for extension of the completion time [PDF]. For Faculty 1: School of Engineering – Energy and Information you must submit the application for students of Faculty 1 [PDF].
- If you are pregnant, a copy of your maternity record (Mutterpass) with the expected date of birth. The deadline is extended by the period of statutory maternity leave.
- In the event of illness, a medical certificate from a doctor or medical officer must be presented with a precise description of the reason why you are currently unable to write your thesis and the duration of your medical
condition. The medical certificate must be presented within three working days. A certificate of incapacity for work is not sufficient.
Changing or withdrawing the topic of your final thesis
Even if you have already been granted permission to write your final thesis, the topic can be
- slightly changed. Submit an application to change the topic of the final thesis [PDF] to the examination board. For Faculty 1: School of Engineering – Energy and Information you must use the following form: topic specification of the final thesis for students of Faculty 1 [PDF].
- withdrawn. Submit an request to reject topic of final thesis [PDF] to the examination board. For a Bachelor’s thesis a deadline of four weeks applies from the beginning of the writing period, for a Master’s thesis a deadline of six weeks applies.
Repeating your final thesis
Your thesis will be graded with a "fail" (grade 5.0) if
- you fail to submit your thesis to the examination board on time,
- your notification of inability to take an examination is not recognised or
- you deliver work of inadequate content.
- Do you a free attempt (Freiversuch)? In the event that the first attempted final examination takes place within the standard study period and all required modules have been successfully completed in advance of this attempt, all or part of the final examination attempted shall be annulled if it is graded with “5,0”. If the final thesis is failed, the final examinations must be completed on a new topic without delay.
The Examinations Office will send you a request to submit a topic proposal for repeat theses [PDF]. You will be granted admission by the examination board.