Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Thesis your way...

Masters thesis is an integral and important part of Masters' studies. Often, the area of research of the thesis improve the chances of working in the same domain after the completion of masters. The normal duration of thesis is 6 months. One is expected to do literature reviews, read authentic journals and research papers, before planning the flow of master thesis. Thus, one should anticipate working round the clock and plenty of coffee! Generally, one has two options of pursuing their Master thesis - one in a company, second at an institute.

Master thesis in a company
The advantages of doing the thesis in a company is adding up experience, improving the chances of a job and earning. The tough part is to get one! If one is working part time in a company or doing an internship in a  company, it makes it easier by continuing in the same company for Master thesis. If this is not the case, then one must start planning at least 3 months in advance, for doing a thesis in company. The post for student jobs might be of great help: http://allaboutstudyingermany.blogspot.de/2013/11/getting-job-as-international-student.html. One also needs to find a mentor in an institute at the university who can monitor the thesis at regular intervals. Finally, thesis in a company will definitely bolster the chances of getting a job in the same company.

Master thesis in an institute
Getting master thesis at an institute is normally on the basis of first come first take basis! If one is late, one might take longer to find a topic of interest. The institute normally does not pay for the thesis. So one needs to plan the finances for next 6 months of survival (http://allaboutstudyingermany.blogspot.de/2014/01/living-costs-for-student-in-germany.html)! It is not uncommon to work part time in a company or in an institute during thesis. However, it requires sheer time management and at times 'no break' schedules!. There are also scholarships available for last 6 months of the masters (which is often Master thesis) without a job. This link might help: http://allaboutstudyingermany.blogspot.de/2014/01/studying-in-foreign-land-brings-with-it.html
Thesis at institute may infer close monitoring and constant updates, corrections and recommendations from your mentor. This helps you to stay on your track and manage to survive till your deadline! Eventually, if one plans to pursue PhD after Masters, then thesis at an institute of interest is a recommended choice.

Towards the end of thesis, one requires to write down the research work done, in a comprehensible and detailed technical language. The work must also be presented to enlighten the audience
with the original objective, the end result and the application of your thesis. The thesis requires consistency and working much more than you anticipate, to get good out it. The final grades of thesis are of vital importance especially if one plans to pursue a PhD ahead. To sum up, Master thesis is a commendable learning experience!

All the best, if one's coming your way!

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