The research project is a larger experimental or theoretical work graded after a written report. It equals a workload of 15 credit points to be carried out over one semester, preferably at a university institute, or (with additional restrictions, see attached information sheets) at an external institution. It is meant to provide an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge practically as a preparation for the master thesis. If no suitable topic is found, the project may be replaced by a seminar and two additional specialization modules (core or supplementary modules). A project report (in english) and a presentation of 20-30 minutes conclude the examination.
Tips for finding a topic (from the Dean of Studies):
- Do not send generic mass emails as they will most likely be ignored. Contact specific recipients directly and include 1-2 sentences in your email explaining why you think the institute/topic is a good fit based on your skills (eg. refer to relevant lectures/labs you have attended).
- Provide information regarding the courses you have attended within the institute you are approaching including your performance. Not having taken a course from the institute greatly reduces your chances of finding a suitable project/topic there (so focus on approaching institutes where you have taken courses).
- Approach the research staff first (especially those you may know from your courses); they tend to have the best overview of available projects/topics.
(not exhaustive, regulations in §23 PO19 are binding)
- The timelimit to complete the research project is 6 months. This begins once the project is registered with the examination office.
- The examiner must be from the Faculty of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at the University Stuttgart
- Research Projects are offered by an examiner (usually professor), but there is no right to be offered a project in an external institution
- If the student proposes a custom project, the student has to select and approach an examiner, who ultimately makes the decision whether to accept it
- The project is an examination and thus must not be paid
- The project is not a mandatory internship, the INFOTECH office cannot issue a document stating equivalence to a mandatory internship
- Projects at external institutions must meet certain quality assurances
The research project cannot be registered via c@mpus and must be registered with the examination office directly using the exam registration form. Additionally, the examining professor/institute or institution can require further documents or contracts in their own process, so make sure to inquire this in advance when asking for a project.
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