Thesis (Mechanical Engineering MSc)

2020/2021/1

Thesis is the creative elaboration of a professional task (scientific, engineering, design, development, research or research development) in written form as defined in the requirements of the training program. By solving the task the student relies on his/her studies using national and international literature under the guidance of an internal and external supervisor. By preparing and defending thesis students who complete the Mechanical Engineering graduate program prove that they are capable of the practical applications of the acquired skills, summarizing the work done and its results in a professional way, creatively solving the tasks related to the topic and doing individual professional work.

Step-by-step guide to writing thesis

  1. Registering for the courses "Thesis I" and "Thesis II"

If you know which topic you would like to choose or which field of mechanical engineering you are interested in, you should contact an instructor from the Faculty whom you would like as your supervisor. Possible thesis topics here. If he/she accepts your topic, you can register for his/her "Thesis I" and "Thesis II" courses at the beginning of the semester via the NEPTUN system. You can sign up for the course usually through the Department or the International Office (Faculty of Engineering). MK5DIP1G15G117-EN Thesis I is open in the third term, whereas MK5DIP2G15G117-EN Thesis II is open in the fourth semester.

  1. Thesis Topic Announcement Form

During the semester you will have two guiders, one instructor from the Faculty and one external supervisor. The external supervisor (referee) is usually an expert from a company where you can do for example additional research work or measurements according to your topic.

After you have a topic, you have to negotiate its details with both of your supervisors. After this the external supervisor has to sign the so-called Thesis Topic Announcement Form (here) which certifies that his/her company provides thesis topic for you. Thesis Topic Announcement Form signed by the two supervisors must be submitted to the Department. This first version can also be hand-written and is merely a topic plan which will usually change as soon as work on thesis goes forward. 

Shortly before the thesis submission deadline, as soon as its details are finalized, the same form (without signature) should be sent in MS Word to Ms Szandra Sitku at . This final form is the basis for the Thesis Sheet which is prepared by the Department and must be bound into the thesis.  You are kindly requested to print out this final version and have it bound into thesis. The Department will arrange for the signature of the Head of Department.

The data necessary for the Department to prepare the Thesis Sheet are the following:

  • name of the student, name of the specialization, full-time training
  • title of the thesis, 
  • tasks to be elaborated (generally the same as the chapters of the thesis) in imperative form (Please present...!, Please make...!),
  • name of the internal tutor (supervisor), 
  • name of the external tutor, name of the company,
  • two selected subjects of the state exam.
  1. Regular consultation with the supervisor (certified on the Consultation Sheet)

During the semester students have to give account of the current state of the thesis to the internal tutor at least three times, which is certified on the Consultation Sheet. The Consultation Sheet is made out and managed by the supervisor. The thesis can be submitted at the end of the semester after the supervisor's approval on the Consultation Sheet. The grade earned for the "Thesis" course is not identical with the grade of the evaluation of thesis.

  1. Submitting thesis

Formal Thesis Requirements (minimum number of pages, font style and size, requirements regarding the content, etc.) may be downloaded here.

Content of thesis and possible thesis topics are available here.

Template for thesis here.

Guide to referencing here.

Plagiarism is strictly forbidden! Students have to sign the  Plagiarism Declaration which must be bound into thesis. The Plagiarism Declaration must be filled out electronically, as well.

To be handed in: 

  • 1 bound copy (After the state exam, the student gets it back, it is his/her own example. The department stores theses exclusively in electronic version. Please note the external supervisor may request an additional bound copy of the thesis.)

The following must be bound into the thesis (in this sequence):

  1. Thesis Sheet (with serial number and signature of the head of department) – can be requested from the secretariat (it is not the sheet signed by the company!, see above),
  2. Supervisor's Declaration  (signed by the internal supervisor). The internal supervisor keeps a record of the Consultation Sheet. The grade for the course, called Thesis II on Neptun will be decided upon on the basis of the Consultation Sheet. The internal supervisor retains it and it is not to be bound into thesis. On the Supervisor's Declaration Sheet the internal supervisor states that the thesis meets the requirements concerning content and format and it is suitable for submission. One of the preconditions for signing the Supervisor's Declaration is to complete the "Thesis II" course.  The Supervisor's Declaration must be bound into thesis.
  3. Plagiarism  Declaration – must be filled out electronically and signed by the student,
  4. ( Confidentiality Agreement , only if the company requests it, as the topic is confidential.)

Confidentiality Agreement in Hungarian is available below:

Template for Confidentiality Agreement (University - Company)

Template for Confidentiality Agreement (Student - Company)

To be handed in with the thesis, but not bound:

  1. Max. 1 page  abstract in English containing the name of the student, the title of the thesis, and the brief summary of the topic, with readable signature, 
  2. Max. 1 page  abstract in Hungarian containing the name of the student, the title of the thesis, and the brief summary of the topic, with readable signature.
    The abstracts are not identical with the “Summary” chapter of the thesis, though obviously similar to its content. It contains the title of the thesis, (if applicable: the company which gave the background for preparing thesis), the objectives, topics and tasks elaborated by the student, the methods applied, the conclusion or evaluation in some sentences, applicability of the results.
    Both abstracts are previously proofread by the responsible of the major, Dr Zsolt Tiba. Before final submission please send both abstracts electronically to Ms Szandra Sitku at
    Layout of the abstracts:
    max. 1-page long (DIN A4); between 2400 and 2500 characters (including spaces, without name, title, date, signature).

To be handed in:

Thesis in electronic version

The CD/DVD cover should contain the following data in block capitals:

  • student's name,
  • stundent's Neptun-code,
  • student's major,
  • title of thesis,
  • date of state exam,
  • thesis submission deadline.

The CD or DVD should contain:

  • the whole text of thesis (in Ms Word or PDF),
  • scan of Thesis Sheet with original signature,
  • scan of Supervisor's Declaration with original signature,
  • scan of Plagiarism Sheet with original signature,
  • (if necessary: scan of Confidentiality Agreement with original signature),
  • photo of the student,
  • abstract in English,
  • abstract in Hungarian.

Submission deadline for thesis: approx. end of November 2020. Extension to the deadline for the submission of thesis is not possible.
Deadline for submitting the thesis topic announcement form: Friday 2 October 2020, room 304

 

5. Thesis Review Report

The internal supervisor should be consulted about submitting thesis review report (for e.g. who is going to send the thesis review report to the referee). The internal supervisor knows who is going to act as an external supervisor (referee).

Thesis Review Report can be downloaded here

As the above form is two pages long, the reviewers are kindly requested to sign both pages.

 

The completed and signed Thesis Report Review is to be submitted in room 304 (Department of Mechanical Engineering) or to the internal supervisor.

Submission deadline: two weeks before thesis submission deadline.

 

6. Improving thesis with a fail mark

If thesis is evaluated with a fail mark by the referee, the head of department may decide to allocate a new referee to review thesis.
If thesis is evaluated with a fail mark by the head of department, the student is not allowed to take the final exam and is supposed to prepare a new thesis.
Conditions on resubmitting thesis are defined by the program coordinator.

 

Updated: 2020.07.01.


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