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Guidelines for Writing a Bachelor's Thesis

Points to take into account while writing your bachelor's thesis

General

The topics you can choose for your bachelor's thesis should be highly relevant for practice and policy and the thesis should to be empirically grounded. The bachelor's thesis can be written in German or English.

Requirements

At the Professorship of Higher Education, 10 bachelor's theses are supervised per semester. Requirements for supervision are:

  • You fulfil the requirements for registration of a bachelor's thesis according to your examination regulation.
  • You have already successfully participated in a seminar of the Professorship of Higher Education in Module 11 (Knowledge Transfer).
  • You participate in and successfully complete the project seminar of the professorship.
  • Parallel to project seminar and bachelor's thesis: Participation in the Research Colloquium of the Professorship.

Application for a bachelor's thesis

Application period

  • 15 July to 1 August for the following winter semester
  • 15 February to 1 March for the following summer semester

Application process

  • Informal application by e-mail, stating the following:
    • First and last name
    • Matriculation number
    • Attended seminar in module 11 (seminar title and in which semester the seminar took place, e.g., Diversity Management in Organisationen in summer semester 2022)
    • one to two possible bachelor's thesis topics with possible research questions
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • A response will be provided shortly after the application deadline.

Process of a bachelor's thesis

  • If you have received a positive response to your application, you will first participate in the project seminar. The project seminar is a preparation for the bachelor’s thesis and a requirement to be able to register the bachelor’s thesis.
  • After successful completion of the project seminar, Prof. Leišytė will write a letter to the Central Examinations Office to declare that she will be your supervisor.
  • All bachelor's theses at the Professorship are empirical (i.e. the self-organized collection and analysis of data is part of every thesis). This type of thesis has a time frame of 13 weeks (for details see the Prüfungsordnung).
  • The time frame (count of weeks) starts with the registration of your topic (letter from Prof. Leišytė to the Central Examinations Office).

Topic of a bachelor's thesis

The topic you choose should relate to the main research fields of the Professorship of Higher Education.
Possible Topics:

Governance

  1. Diversity Management and gender equality in management teams
  2. Factors leading to innovation success in professional organizations
  3. Characteristics and influences of boards in universities
  4. Management of organizational change in professional organizations

Entrepreneurship

  1. The role of student entrepreneurs in creating startups on campus
  2. Entrepreneurship and diversity
  3. Knowledge-commercialisation at German universities

Change in Higher Education

  1. Working models, working conditions, and work satisfaction of staff at universities
  2. Financing of higher education
  3. Challenges for the freedom of teaching and research (academic freedom)
  4. The use of digital systems in higher education
  5. Internationalisation of universities

Requirements for the registration of the bachelor's thesis in the examination regulations

Requirements Bachelor of Business and Economics:
"Das Thema für die Bachelorarbeit kann erst nach Erreichen von mindestens 120 Leistungspunkten ausgegeben werden." (§ 13(4) BPO 2019).

Requirements Bachelor Industrial Engineering:
"Die Bachelorarbeit kann nach dem Erwerb von mindestens 165 LP aus abgeschlossenen Modulen gemäß § 5 Absatz 3 aufgenommen werden. Voraussetzung hierfür ist, dass folgende Module bereits bestanden sind: a) Maschinenbau: Höhere Mathematik I-III, Mechanik I-IV, Thermodynamik b) Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen: Höhere Mathematik I-II, Technische Mechanik I-II, Systemtheorie c) Logistik: Höhere Mathematik I-II, Technische Mechanik I-II, Grundlagen der Elektrotechnik." (Kapitel II, § 16(1) Prüfungsordnung Stand 27.07.2020)

Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

 

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".

 

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.

 

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.

 

Interactive map

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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