Final thesis

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Application

In order to obtain permission to write your final thesis, you must

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.

Admission

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.

Extension

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

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.
  • You can have a free attempt (Freiversuch) if
    • this was your first attempt at writing your final thesis or final oral examination,
    • the final thesis or final oral examination was conducted within the regular period of study,
    • all necessary modules have been completed by then and you have a preliminary grade, 
    • your first attempt at the final thesis or final oral examination was graded with "fail" (5.0).
  • If you have used your free attempt, you can repeat your final thesis. 

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.