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Master's Thesis

Students may start preparing their master's thesis after having aqquired 70 credit points. The master's thesis can be issued and supervised by any university teacher with post-doctoral qualification in the subject who belongs to the Department of Mechanical Engineering at TU Dortmund University, Ruhr-University Bochum or University of Duisburg-Essen. If the master's thesis is to be carried out in another institution of the university or in an institution outside the university, this requires the approval of the Examination Board. 

You will receive the documents (including the “Certification of Issuance of the Master’s Thesis Topic Manufacturing Technology”) for registering the master's thesis during the office hours of the Examination Office Team 3, where it will also be checked whether you have fulfilled the requirements for the master's thesis. The "Certification of Issuance of the Master’s Thesis Topic Manufacturing Technology" must be returned to the Examination Office promptly after the topic has been issued by the chair.

The completion period begins with the issue date of the topic noted on the form. However, the completion period begins at the latest when the form is handed into the Examination Office. The processing time is always 24 weeks!

In case of illness, an extension of the completion period is possible, provided that a medical certificate is submitted within the completion period. The extension then corresponds to the duration of the illness. The certificate must be submitted to the Examinations Office. Furthermore, a one-time application can be made to the Examination Board for an extension of the completion period if there is a delay due to an incident that is not self-inflicted. This must be submitted to the Study Coordination at least 14 days before the end of the completion period and allows an extension of a maximum of 4 weeks. For the approval of the application, it is mandatory that the justification is confirmed by the supervisor (signature & stamp).

Since the winter semester 2019/2020, all degree programs at TU Dortmund University require students to submit their theses in digital form via the online portal ExaBase. This applies to all theses registered from 01 October 2019 onwards. This means you have the opportunity to submit your thesis digitally in the form of a PDF document. 

  • The bachelor/master thesis is uploaded to the ExaBase portal of TU Dortmund.
  • The affidavit for the Bachelor/Master thesis must be signed by hand, scanned, and inserted into the digital version.
  • After the successful submission of the thesis, you will receive a receipt to your Email address.

Further information can be found on the checklist "Digital Final Thesis"

In order to receive the final documents and the certificate, you need to submit an "Application for preparation of the final documents" to the Examinations Office (Team 3).

  • Examination Sheet for the Grading of the Master's Thesis: To be completed by the examiners. S/he enters your grade of the written thesis, signs it accordingly, and sends it back to the Examination Office.
  • Information regarding the Master's Thesis: For information only, should be read, noted, and kept by the students.
  • Certification of Completion of the Master's Thesis Manufacturing Technology for Registration of the Oral Defence: Provided by the Examination Office after all the other grades have arrived there. It states that you meet all the preconditions to defend your thesis. Fill it, let it be signed by the supervising chair, and hand it back to the Examination Office. 
  • Examination Sheet for the Grading of the Oral Defence of the Master's Thesis: Give it to your supervisor, who will enter your oral grade and send it back to the Examination Office, then your master course is officially over, you are a free person and can state proudly that you have handled German administration. 
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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 20 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.

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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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