According to the "Job Trends 2013" survey conducted by the Staufenbiel Institute, a Master's degree is the most popular qualification for 90 per cent of German companies.This is the reason why many companies advertise topics for Master's theses.
He decided also to write his Master thesis at a company.
For Knudsen, an important advantage of completing the Master thesis phase at a company was that "later on, there is rarely the opportunity to consider a problem affecting everyday work from a theoretical perspective".
Students who fail either or both period 1 courses (including there-takes) should apply for the thesis trajectory of the subsequentacademic year, provided that both courses from period 1 have beenpassed.
Companies have long since recognised the potential of Master's graduates.
This option for the final thesis is also advantageous to students: "If you want to do something with a practical application, writing your Master thesis at a company is ideal," says Arno Zimmermann, who is studying industrial engineering at the Technische Universität Berlin.
While completing a practical at Bayer in China during his Master's course, he learned of an interesting company project that would make an excellent topic for the Master thesis."There are three parties involved: the professor, the student and the supervisor at the company.The overlap between their mutual interests must be reviewed," Zimmermann describes the special challenge of writing a Master thesis at a company."If the topic does not knock your socks off, then it won't be any fun to write about - regardless of whether you do so at a company or at university." The industrial engineer also highlights the importance of a structured, concentrated approach for not dissipating one's energies.Even those who make very high demands of themselves should remember that they do not need to re-invent the wheel.A growing number of companies are offering students the opportunity to put their specialist knowledge to practical use already before completing their studies - by writing their Master thesis at a company.For many, the greatest motivation for pursuing a Master's degree is personal development and enhancement of the future career opportunities."It involves the further development of company technology to convert CO2 into plastic," the 26-year-old explains."An extremely fascinating and innovative topic." Having written a very theory-based Bachelor thesis at university, the challenge of a Master thesis with a strong practical orientation appealed.He decided on the precious metals and technology company Heraeus that he came upon in a list of so-called "Hidden Champions".These particularly successful companies are often still unknown despite their success.