Information about final theses/Degrees

Perhaps some of you would like to tackle the topic of your thesis right now. The following information should help you not to overlook anything and also take into account the current special situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic (in italics).

First you have to decide which topic you are particularly interested in. Generally, topics for final theses are requested directly from the subject areas represented in the chosen area of specialisation or the subject areas involved in the chosen research subject with in-depth modules. In almost all subject areas, topics for theses are announced in the form of bulletins. Of course the professors and their teams are also available for discussions. Hereby, you can discuss the named topics in more detail as well as your own ideas for topics. Many departments have also placed the information on their websites (list of all institutes).

Since currently only employees have access to the buildings of TU Darmstadt, we recommend to search for topics via the websites of the departments or to send inquiries to the teams via email

Another possibility is to carry out the final thesis with external partners, e.g. in other departments or in cooperation with authorities, engineering offices, etc. Here, special regulations according to the General Examination Regulations (APB) of TU Darmstadt must be taken into account. It is very important that in all cases a professor of TU Darmstadt is responsible for the supervision and evaluation of the thesis, but there is no obligation for the professors to supervise an external thesis. An external thesis requires additional approval from the chairman of the examination board before it can be started.

You can find further information on the general regulations for external theses here:

In the Bachelor’s degree courses in civil engineering and geodesy as well as environmental engineering, the general compulsory area as well as the internship must be completed. In the Master’s programmes, all requirements, if any, must be met.

For the summer semester 2021, we are waiving the proof of internship in the Bachelor's programme. However, proof of this must be provided before graduation.

Bachelor's and Master's theses must always be initiated in the Office for Student Affairs of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. For this purpose the so-called “Laufzettel” (circulation slip) is required. This is filled in by the supervising department and sent to the Office for Student Affairs together with the assignment. The Office for Student Affairs contacts the student and agrees on a so-called “Auslösetermin” (approval date). In this context, the special boundary conditions under examination law are explained, the deadline for submission is communicated and the procedure to be followed, e.g. in case of illness, etc., is discussed.

In addition, there is the possibility of remote approval, which is carried out if, for example, personal presence is not possible due to a stay abroad. Here, the necessary information is exchanged digitally, deadlines are communicated and confirmed by a signed scan.

At present, final theses can only be carried out upon remote approval.

The final thesis is basically intended to prove that the student is able to independently work out a topic scientifically within a given period of time.

Nevertheless, contact can and should be maintained with the supervisors and/or mentors to, for example, discuss planned milestones.

The final thesis must be submitted by the given deadline at the latest. The final thesis is completed during the semester. The theses can be submitted before the given deadline, but a minimum completion time of 2 months for Bachelor theses and 4 months for Master theses should be observed.

The final thesis must be submitted in duplicate to the Office for Student Affairs and must also be uploaded in an identical version in electronic form on time to TUbama (digital archive of TU Darmstadt). For this purpose, the student must also prepare and submit a declaration of concordance.

The submission of a paper copy of final theses is currently waived. Uploading the thesis in electronic form (currently in TUbama) is sufficient. Since this regulation affects all students, you will find respective information on the main pages of the TU website.

Our website is constantly being updated, please inform yourself here about updates and changes to the regulations, preferably shortly before submission, so that you are up to date.

The essential contents of the final theses are presented and defended in the form of a presentation. The defence is open to the university public and usually consists of two parts, a presentation of approx. 15-20 minutes and an interview of approx. 30 minutes.

With the start of lectures in the winter semester 2020/21 (01.11.2020), the obligation to present in digital form for final theses will be reinstated.

Until then (31.10.2020) the defense / presentation can be suspended and only the written paper uploaded in TUBama will be used for evaluation.

Due to the current corona pandemic, we are keeping your final documents of the bachelor's program in the study office for the time being.

Personal collection is currently not possible.

If you require confirmation of your degree, we can send you a digital performance review upon request. The sending of final documents can only be enabled in special cases.

For Master theses, the study office will contact you after the documents have been completed.