A thesis project is made up of several phases. These phases serve as categories for the posts in this guide. Browse posts by category, if your interest is particular to a certain phase.


In the initiation phase, you define the context of your thesis. This includes, e.g., choosing the supervisor, topic and timeframe.

In the execution phase, you do all the work involved in producing the thesis document. This includes, e.g., implementing code, performing experiments, reading related work and writing down prose. It typically also involves a presentation of the results.

In the follow-up phase, you publish your results on a scientific venue. This involves, e.g., writing a research paper and presenting it at a workshop or conference. While initiation and execution are part of every thesis project, the follow-up phase is optional. Only the minority of students do it. However, it offers unique opportunities for personal growth.

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