Thesis Process

The thesis process typcially has the following components next to performing the actual research and engineering work:

1. Thesis topic selection

To perform a thesis with our research group, you (a student) should address a Mitarbeiter or Professor about a topic and agree on it. As part of the topic discussion and thesis agreement, both parties should write down a thesis description or use an existing one.

Already during discussion of the thesis topic, we typically determine the type of a thesis, which determines its structure and content. Please ask us about this in case we don’t discuss it.

2. Thesis registration

All students need to register their thesis; we leave it up to you to decide when, but the respective degree program’s Prüfungsamt may have its own idea about that. Typically, earlier is better, and if only to pace yourself.

3. Thesis submission

For handing-in your thesis, please follow the respective procedure required by your degree program and your Prüfungsamt. Prof. Riehle needs one and only one physical copy of your thesis (if you provide two paper copies, one will go straight into the garbage bin.)

We also need a zip-file with the thesis in PDF form as well as all relevant data needed to generate the thesis PDF (see thesis deliverables). Send the file to or, if too large, send a download link and only remove download target once you got the confirmation that we received the file.

4. Colloquium participation

If your degree program requires that you defend your thesis, you’ll have to do so in our colloquium. Please see the KOLL page for further information on how to register your defense. If you would like feedback, please send your slides to your supervisor a week before the presentation.

5. Confirmation

Once from your (the student’s) perspective everything has been said and done (thesis handed-in, data submitted, defense performed, etc.) please trigger the grading process by confirming full and complete submission to Prof. Riehle, your supervisor, and the final-thesis alias.

6. Be merry!

After this, be happy and merry, get onto our alumni list, and make sure your friends, your and their children, and your and their grandchildren attend our fabulous university and write their final thesis with us!

Good luck!