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Master's Thesis

The Chair of Production Management offers three types of Master’s theses linked to different industries and business analytics approaches:

Prerequisites and choice of topic

In order to write your Master's thesis at the Chair of Production Management, you need to have successfully taken part in a research seminar in the Area Operations Management.

There are two possibilities to choose a topic for your Master’s thesis.

  1. You can apply for one or several example topics.

  2. Or you can state your general interests by answering to the following questions:

  • Are you interested in a specific application/industry?
  • Are you interested in a specific optimization problem or business analytics approach?
  • Would you like to implement a business analytics approach with a modelling language like GAMS and/or with a programming language like Python, Java, C++ or similar?

After we received your interests according to 1 or 2 (or both), we will find a suitable topic for you. If you have any further questions on Master's theses, please contact us directly.

  • Application

    Your formal application should consist of the following documents:

    • Letter of motivation (one page, including desired starting date, choice of example topic or interests)
    • CV
    • Bachelor certificate (copy)
    • Transcript of records
    • Certificate of the passed research seminar (if not OPM 761)

    Please submit an application to thesis.prod(at)bwl.uni-mannheim.de.

  • Writing procedure

    After receiving a topic, you are expected to write a proposal (3 to 5 pages) in which you explain the research question, its relevance, and how you want to address it. A detailed template for the Master’s thesis proposal can be found here. After the acceptance of the proposal, the regular writing period of 4 months will start. Approximately half-time during your Master’s thesis, you are expected to present your current progress in the Master colloquium. During your Master's thesis, you are also expected to actively participate in the Master colloquium presentations of the other students (OPM 762).

    Instructions on writing Master's theses will be given in the course “Basics of scientific writing for final theses” (OPM 763).

  • Submission of thesis

    Your final submission consists of:

    • Printed thesis (twofold, hardcover)
    • USB stick or CD containing:
      • Master's thesis as digital document (pdf + Latex or Word sources)
      • All used literature (pdf)
      • Additional material, e.g., source codes, data, programs

    You can download a process chart containing all relevant information regarding the Master's thesis here. If you have any other questions regarding Master's theses, please contact us.

Examples of Master's theses topics