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Five tips for your bachelor’s thesis

Five tips for your bachelor’s thesis

Even if the bachelor's thesis only makes up a small part of your studies and is supplemented by an oral examination at some universities, it is the crucial component in achieving your bachelor's degree. If you have not taken an artistic bachelor's degree, the scope of this work is between 6 and 12 ECTS points. But how should you approach this in order to ultimately complete it successfully? We have five helpful tips up our sleeves for you.

Interesting facts about the final thesis

First of all, some general information about the bachelor's thesis:

  • Before you can start working, you must have completed all the necessary modules of your degree program and collected the required ECTS
  • When it comes to freedom in choosing topics, you should familiarize yourself with the examination regulations
  • As a rule, you have between two and four months to work on a scientific question in 20 to 60 pages
  • This period begins when you officially register your bachelor's thesis - if you want to avoid time pressure, you can simply wait a few weeks until you register it and start researching or writing unofficially

1. Choose what interests you

Before you start with your bachelor's thesis, despite all your attention to the final grade, you should not forget that you have to deal with the topic before you register and ultimately during the processing period. Therefore, be sure to choose a topic that interests you - even if it may not be of much use to you in terms of your career. Future employers usually don't attach too much importance to the topic itself and if you're planning on doing a master's or even a doctorate anyway, you can let your interests guide your bachelor's thesis. Of course, the supervisor has a say and must ultimately approve the topic.

2. Find the right topic

It helps for many students to talk personally to graduates of their own course of study who have already written their bachelor's thesis. You can also view previous work in an archive at many universities. Both methods are helpful in becoming clear about the scope of the bachelor's thesis, its scientific quality and its structure. Overall, you should note that current topics are interesting, but there is usually little literature available on them. Given the small scope of the work, hypotheses that are too general cannot be dealt with exhaustively and therefore the question should be as precise as possible (assuming a thorough topic analysis on your part).

3. Stick to the given structure

The requirements for the bachelor's thesis can vary from university to university, but they always exist

  • a cover sheet with important information (title, author, submission date, university, course of study, chair, supervisor),
  • a complete, correctly structured table of contents,
  • an introduction to the topic,
  • a main part (largest part of the work),
  • a conclusion (outlook, personal conclusion)
  • a bibliography that serves to substantiate quotations

Further materials are also included in an appendix. Check the formalities of the chair or faculty where you are writing your bachelor's thesis in advance, as some professors can be very strict and will deduct points if you ignore them.

4. Learn to quote correctly

Without specialist literature and the correct quotes you get from it, you won't get very far with your bachelor's thesis. It is therefore essential that you familiarize yourself with a recognized citation method and never copy large parts of other authors. Only use crucial sentences or phrases that you identify with reference to the author. A distinction is made between direct and indirect quotations: the former are put in goose feet and taken verbatim, while the latter are reproduced in your own words and without quotation marks. You must provide each quotation with a reference, be it in brackets after the quotation - for indirect quotations you write "cf." about it – or in a footnote.

5. Have your bachelor's thesis proofread

Before you submit your finished work, be sure to have it checked by specialists for errors, both in terms of spelling, grammar and wording as well as the content. For example, fellow students or lecturers in your course of study, and possibly family members, can be helpful for this.

If you want to be on the safe side, you should contact professionals to proofread your bachelor's thesis : with providers like Mentorium, this can be done in three to four working days. There's even an Express option if you're pressed for time. The service includes improving grammar, spelling, punctuation and writing style and also offers academic feedback from the editor.


To find out how much proofreading your bachelor's thesis would cost, you can first request a free, non-binding offer.

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