Seven tips for finding a master’s thesis have been mentioned in this article. While to find a master’s thesis can be quite daunting or stressful.
Thesis work, at least starts in January or February at most of Universities. Topics start being advertised in September or October the year before. This gives students three to five months to find a topic.
Here is my experience, as well as a few tips for finding a master’s thesis!
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My Personal Experience
I always wanted to do industrial master’s thesis. Because, in Sweden, if you have done Industrial Master’s Thesis, You would have bright chances to get job after you finish your thesis.
Though one of teachers approached me to start my thesis with her, as she had already a topic to start work. But i was trying to find thesis in different industries. I had an interview at Scania Sodertalje, Sweden and few other industries. But i found my thesis at Volvo Cars Göteborg, Sweden. So i was bit late to start my thesis as per time. I started to work on my thesis in March. I learnt in the whole process of finding industrial thesis, start your search as soon as possible.
Secondly, have clarity in your mind, where you want to do your thesis, at a Company or at a University?
Based on my experience and talking to friends, I think the following tips could be quite useful to find an interesting topic to complete your master’s degree.
Apply through Your Department Website
Usually the University’s each department has a page on their official website with the current year’s thesis topics. The topics vary between collaborations with industry, to pure research based roles. It is often good to apply within your department, as students from the programmes offered by the department are often preferred over others.
Apply directly through Companies
Doing a thesis at a company has a few advantages. Firstly, you have a greater exposure to industry and companies, which can give you more job-related experience. This is often beneficial for finding a job after graduation. Secondly, doing a thesis at a company gives you “a foot in the door”, where you may be offered a permanent job after your thesis.
Go to Thesis Events and Career Fairs
Departments and companies often have events where they pitch available topics or areas of research to interested students. It’s good as you can ask questions, meet people personally, or perhaps even pitch your own idea if it is related to the company’s / department’s work.
Keep your Eyes Open for Notices and Posters
Companies and university departments often post notices around campus with adverts. These can be good to look out for, as sometimes these positions are not posted online!
Email your Lecturers
Professor sometimes have extra capacity to supervise students. So even though a topic may not be advertised, a lecturer may be willing to accept one of your own ideas, or propose a potential topic to you! Showing interest and being proactive is a good sign – a good way of doing this would be to send an email after an interesting lecture!
Apply for Topics that Genuinely Interest You
I really believe that applying for topics you truly care about makes a big difference! If you have experience in a subject area, it will likely show from your choice of master’s degree, choice of courses, and perhaps even from your bachelor’s thesis. Additionally, enthusiasm and interest often show when you write a cover letter stating why you would like to pursue a certain topic.
Use other Online Portals
There are always online websites that can be helpful to find relevant topics for your master’s thesis. So, try to go through different online web portals during your search for topics relevant to your studies.
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