Research Papers and Theses

 

Research papers and projects are a mandatory component of courses of study. Typically, these papers and projects are completed at a research institute in the faculty or faculties offering the course of study. It is possible to complete a paper or project at an external institution.

Acceptable external institutions include all institutions, institutes, universities, and industry companies, that are not part of the faculties offering the course of study. Generally all external work must be approved by the examination board and additionally a chair at Faculty 4 or 8 for students studying business administration and engineering.

The supervising professor is typically a professor or private lecturer for the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering or School of Business and Economics (only business administration and engineering students) at RWTH Aachen. A external faculty supervisor is a supervisor at the site of the external project or paper, e.g. department head, a professor at another faculty. An external faculty supervisor only has the right to recommend a grade, if he or she is a professor or private lecturer at a German scientific university. In all other cases, the internal faculty supervisor isuses the grade alone.

 

Furthermore, the following rules apply within the courses of study:

Mechanical Engineering

Bachelor

Only one of the papers can completed externally.

Project ranging from six weeks to three months. Bachelor's thesis lasts ten weeks; these periods can be shortened by a maximum of two weeks.

Master

The Master's thesis can be completed externally.

Master's thesis lasts 22 weeks; this period can be shortened by a maximum of four weeks.

Business Administration and Engineering with a Mechanical Engineering Specialization

Bachelor

The Bachelor's thesis can be completed externally.

Bachelor's thesis lasts ten weeks; this period can be shortened by a maximum of two weeks.

Master

The Master's thesis can be completed externally.

Master's thesis lasts 22 weeks; this period can be shortened by a maximum of four weeks.

Computational Engineering Science

Bachelor

The Bachelor thesis and the project could completed externally.

Project must encompass 150 hours within four months. The Bachelor's thesis lasts twelve weeks: these periods can be shortened by a maximum of two weeks.

Master

The Master's thesis can be completed externally.

Master's thesis lasts 22 weeks; this period can be shortened by a maximum of four weeks.

Simulation Sciences

Master

The Master's thesis can be completed externally.

Master's thesis lasts 6 month; this period can be shortened by a maximum of four weeks. The supervising professor can be from faculty 1, 4, 5, 6 or 10.

You can find a list of the available projecs at the Faculty 4 chairs and institutes here.

You can find the corresponding documentation sheets in our download secion. They must always be filled out completely and signed in the order given. You can submit the sheet via mail or in person to departmental advising.

If you send the record sheet for your Bachelor thesis by post, it will be sent back to you by post to the address specified on the record sheet. Please let us know in an accompanying letter if you would like the sheet to be forwarded directly to the Central Examination Office (ZPA).