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Cracking the Hidden Thesis Topic Market

At TUM, topics for available thesis projects are advertised on faculty web pages. I expect the situation to be similar in other universities. I refer to the collection of open thesis topics as the thesis topic market. The topics on

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Topic Roulette

For many, the process for choosing a thesis topic looks like this: Browse open topics (e.g. on faculty pages) Choose the one that reads best (and is still available) This process reminds me of ordering food in a restaurant: Browse

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Recipe for Disappointment

This post applies the rules for great supervision inversely. In that sense, it does not offer much new information. However, I have seen this pattern so often in practice, that I feel it still deserves description.

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IAuthor and ISupervisor

To avoid friction at the interface between you and your author, it helps to have a common understanding of each others responsibilities. This includes an understanding of what each one is not responsible for.

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How to Get Great Supervision?

Good versus bad supervision makes a large difference to your thesis project; both in terms of the outcome and how you feel along the way. The single most important factor is how much time your supervisor dedicates to you. In

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