"The topic should be defined narrowly as quickly as possible," Knudsen advises students who still have their Master thesis before them.
The breadth of his chosen topic, the cooperation within the company and the need to complete a final few university courses meant he took a total of seven and a half months to complete his Master thesis.
The going is tough for those without any financial support wishing to work on their thesis full-time.
However, the most important factors should be an enthusiasm for the topic and a desire to enhance one's appeal to the work market as an expert.
Even those who make very high demands of themselves should remember that they do not need to re-invent the wheel.
A whole semester is scheduled for the Master thesis."I felt that I would receive the most support at Heraeus." Besides the good expert supervision, Knudsen also receives commensurate remuneration from the company during the Master thesis phase.Zimmermann, who is also able to cover his living costs with his company pay, knows to appreciate the financing.For many, the greatest motivation for pursuing a Master's degree is personal development and enhancement of the future career opportunities.The opportunity to develop one's own specialist interests and become an expert also plays a major role.Zimmermann also firmly believes that students should not make any major compromises when it comes to the topic for their Master thesis."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.Luckily, this was not a problem for his professors in Copenhagen; in Germany, the deadlines are a lot stricter though.Structuring the topic well and starting to write early on is essential to meeting deadlines."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."Something always emerges at the end that has an impact on the company, and this is extremely satisfying." The high practical orientation and results-oriented cooperation within a team are a major incentive for many students to spend the six-month Master thesis phase at a company.