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.

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. Colloquium participation

If your degree program requires that you defend your thesis, you’ll have to do so in our colloquium. KOLL (the colloquium) at present takes place on the Tuesday morning closest to any of these four dates:

  • January 15th
  • March 31st
  • July 15th
  • September 30th

Please send email (in English!) to to reserve a spot in the current line-up.

4. Thesis delivery

Already during discussion of the thesis topic, we typically determine the type of a thesis. Please see the thesis deliverables section about more information on what is expected of you as part of your final thesis delivery.

For handing-in your thesis, please follow the respective procedure required by your degree program and your Prüfungsamt.

Prof. Riehle needs one physical copy of your thesis.

In addition we need a zip-file with all relevant data (see thesis deliverables). Send the zip-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.

5. 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!