How to write a Thesis with PLN

Writing a thesis is a mandatory part of all Bachelor and Master programs at Jacobs University. The Production & Logistics Networks workgroup routinely offers thesis topics that are derived from our current research topics as well as new ideas. You can find a list of currently available thesis topics on our homepage. In addition, we offer to supervise thesis topics that were developed together with industry partners (e.g. during an internship) and we are happy to discuss any ideas you may have. You may want to check out the list of past thesis projects to get a better idea of the diversity of topics, students have engaged in in the past.

Regardless of whether you choose a topic from our list of suggested thesis topics or come up with your own idea, we ask to to prepare a short thesis application (1-2 pages) that should briefly address the following topics:

  • Motivation
  • Research question
  • Research methodology / course of research
  • Time plan

This application is not graded and we are perfectly aware that ideas and approaches may change as you dig deeper into the topic, however we expect you to do some initial literature review and put some thought into what question you want to answer, so we can ensure a qualitative discussion right from the start.

We encourage students to be curious and challenge themselves. We also strongly support cooperation with industry and want to help you make an impact during/after your internship. Consequently, we are happy to discuss any thesis topics that you discovered yourself or that were suggested by a company. However: A Bachelor/Master’s thesis is to certify your ability to discuss problems from a scientific background and to derive conclusions, develop methods, … based on this. While writing your thesis application, you should put emphasis on finding out, if the topic you have in mind qualifies for a thesis project. If in doubt, please get in touch with us.

Yes! However, please accept that we give preference to students in the mentioned programs. Anyways: If you are interested in working with us (in particular: working on one of the thesis topics we propose), please send us your application!

Please also keep in mind that different study programs have different formal requirements on thesis projects. Here you will find the theses guidelines for the Bachelor and Master programs in logistics/industrial engineering at Jacobs University.

Bachelor of Science Program in International Logistics

Master of Science Program in International Logistics – Management and Engineering