Final Theses & FAQs

Scroll down for our thesis FAQs on the application and writing process.

Open Final Theses

See a list of general topics/ past master theses below.

General Theses Topics

We welcome any energy, energy transition, and energy policy related topics. You can approach us with your own or ideas you want to develop in collaboration with an industry partner. The topics below reflect the current research interests of CEM members.

  • Energy transition and climate change:
    • Energy- and environment-related entrepreneurship
    • Environmental regulation 
    • Smart City
    • Energy transition and the evolution of International Trade 
    • Financing of Energy Transition: Strategies for Energy Companies 
    • Corporate Social Responsibility in the Energy Sector
  • Power markets and energy policy:
    • Auction and game theory applied to energy markets 
    • Energy storage 
    • Modelling of energy prices
    • Stochastic optimization in energy markets
    • Network and infrastructure regulation
    • Power markets and renewable integration
    • Renewable energies
    • Energy prosumers ad digitization
  • Energy resources (oil, natural gas, LNG, H2): production, supply, and trade: 
    • Modelling of energy prices: How technologic developments affects price correlations
    • Investments in fossil fuels and fossil-fuel-based technologies under uncertainty
    • The role of stranded resources 
    • The choice of energy projects portfolio
    • Competition of hydrogen technologies: Green vs. Blue
    • Financing of Energy Transition: Strategies for Energy Companies 
    • Evolution of the LNG Market 
    • Liquidity and Oversupply in the LNG market
    • LNG pricing
  • New developments in automotive industry:
    • Electric mobility
    • How to achieve carbon neutrality
    • Carbon vs. price competition
    • The effect of car-sharing (platforms) on energy demand and CO2
  • Data analysis and modeling approaches:
    • Statistical models in energy economics (using IEA, IHS, other data)
    • Stochastic optimization in energy markets
    • Modeling energy trade networks (using IEA, IHS, other data)
    • Modeling strategic collaborations among energy companies
    • Digitization and its impact on technologies adoption
  • Media's and society's role in communicating climate change:
    • Social and environmental implications of technology, with a focus on electronic waste
    • Corporate social responsibility of lead firms in the electronics commodity chain
    • Modern consumption of technology
    •  International climate politics and policy with a focus on renewable energy solutions.
    • Media and climate change
    • Environmental justice and inequality with a focus on waste issues

Thesis FAQs

Finding a Topic

  • Can I suggest an own topic?
    We on occasion post current topics of bachelor's and master's theses on our webpage but you are also encouraged to approach us with your own ideas, possibly in collaboration with an industry partner.

Application Process

  • Are there any conditions to finding a thesis supervisor at CEM?
    • Due to capacity restrictions at the CEM, we have to prioritize applications in the following way: Highest priority is given to students in the energy markets specialization. Please indicate whether you chose this specialization when applying.
    • Students who attended Energy Markets 1 and at least a CEM seminar or one of the advanced courses (re-visit the CEM curriculum here) in Energy Trading, Energy Economics, Stochastic Optimization are considered next. The minimum requirement to be considered is the attendance of Energy Markets 1. Applications of students who did not attend this course are only accepted in exceptional cases.
       
  • How and where do I apply for a thesis supervision at CEM?
    To apply for a thesis, please send the following information to cem@wi.tum.de:
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Current Transcript of Records
    • A preference list indicating your preferred research areas
       
  • How much time do I have to apply upfront?
    Please apply about two months in advance.

Supervision

  • Who will be my supervisor?
    Your thesis supervisor will be either Prof. Schwenen, Prof. Wozabal or Prof. Ikonnikova possibly in collaboration with one of the doctoral researchers at the CEM. You can find a list of interests for each of our team members on their respective CEM website, here.
     
  • Do I have to write a thesis proposal?
    If you decide to write a thesis on a topic agreed by us, the next step is to write a short thesis proposal (maximum two pages). This proposal should (i) define the research question, (ii) indicate the data and methodology to be used and (iii) discuss the related literature. After this step, your thesis can be registered.
     
  • How many meetings with the supervisor are necessary?
    One meeting per month is a good rule of thumb. Please always send your questions prior to the meeting.
     
  • Can I get feedback on my thesis before handing in?
    If you have specific questions, you can get feedback on these. General feedback is not possible, as this would be equivalent to reading the whole thesis upfront.

Registration

  • How do I register my thesis?
    As soon as you and your supervisor agreed on a topic, you need to fill out the required form, sign it and send it to your supervisor. TUM SoM form; For students of other departments please check the form with your respective department.
     
  • Can I still change the title afterwards?
    Changing the title is possible. Contact your supervisor to that end at least 1 month before handing in.

Writing Process

  • What is the quantitative scope of my thesis?
    As a rule of thumb, bachelor's theses should have about 25 to 35 pages and master's theses about 50 to 60 pages.
     
  • What are the main evaluation criteria?
    Coherent literature review, language, execution of the topic, reaction to difficulties (esp. redefining the scope of the thesis during the process). A thesis has to adhere to scientific standards. It is your duty to familiarize yourself with those standards.
     
  • Should I write the thesis in Word or Latex?
    If not stated otherwise by your supervisor this is up to you.
     
  • How does the thesis have to be formatted?
    Make sure that your thesis is appropriately and consistently formatted. As an orientiation we provide exemplary Word and Latex templates.
    Appropriate fonts are for example Times New Roman pt. 12 or Arial pt. 11.
    Appropriate page margins can for example be 3cm left, 3cm right, 2.5cm top, 1.5cm bottom.
    To be sure, check your formatting with your supervisor.
     
  • How do I cite properly?
    If not stated otherwise by your supervisor, citation-style is APA.
     
  • How do I proceed with own graphics?
    State that it is your own graphic in the caption. If it is your own design but based on a graphic from a book/ paper, please add: “based on source”.

Hand-in

  • Where do I have to hand in my thesis?
    At the service point of TUM school of management (room 1554); for students of other faculties please check with your respective department.
    Corona virus measures: As long as the service point 1554 is closed, TUM SOM students should check with the faculty on where to hand in your thesis hard copies (e.g. at TUM main entrance)
     
  • How many copies do I need to hand in?
    You need to hand in 3 printed copies of your thesis with the printed and signed "Permission to view my final thesis" (download here) as well as a digital version of your thesis.
     
  • What should be included in the digital part of the handed-in thesis?
    Your thesis as PDF, all references sorted in the same manner as in the thesis, and if you work on a quantitative topic, it should also include all code and data.

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