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Studierende in den Seminarräumen des O-Gebäudes, Foto: Universität Paderborn, Fotografin: Judith Kraft

Template and general information on writing theses

You can find more information on how to write a thesis on the faculty website:

This website also contains nice UPB latex template.

A thesis template from our group and a template for a thesis proposal with some useful hints is here:

We encourage you to use one of these templates for your thesis.


The process of writing the thesis is (roughly) as follows:

  1. You contact us stating you are interested in a thesis. If you see a topic on this site that you'd like to work on, mention it. Otherwise, please try to outline what you are interested in so that we can brainsorm to find a topic together.
    • Please also include an overview of your grades (screenshot from PAUL is sufficient). We can use this to assess your knowledge in topics related to your thesis.
  2. We meet and outline a topic for you to work on.
  3. You write an exposé (others may call it proposal) which outlines the topic. That is, it provides a motivation, some background information, an overview over related work, and an outline of the work you want to do in your thesis. Please take a look at the template for this.
    • During this time we will reserve the topic for you. Therefore, we will set a deadline for your exposé. If you cannot meet this deadline, you have to at least write us and notify us of this. Otherwise we think you do not want to continue with this topic and might give it to someone else.
    • If you do not want to continue with this topic, please tell us such that we do not
  4. Next you/we need to find a second supervisor.
  5. You can register your thesis in PAUL
  6. You'll get a document to fill out, which you and your first supervisor have to sign.
  7. You hand this document and the exposé to the examination office. This is the official start of your thesis.
    • During your thesis we meet every two weeks on tuesdays (starting 11th January, 10:00 AM). There you present what you have achieved in the last two weeks and what you want to achieve in the next two weeks.
  8. You hand in your thesis to the central examination office. Please refer to their websites for more information.

The communication with us can be done in German or English. Bachelor theses can be written in German or English (though we recommend English). Master theses have to be written in English.

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