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General Information - Master

We welcome all students interested in writing their master thesis at the Department of Supply Chain Management and Production or at the Department of Supply Chain Management and Management Science to apply for our master thesis program. 

The Supply Chain Management Area offers a variety of interesting topics for master theses. Students can choose between empirical and theoretical topics, use own company contacts for a practical thesis or take part in the Master Challenge. The application process is the same in any case.

APPLICATION PROCESS AND ADMINISTRATION

Please submit only one application for writing your thesis at the Department of Supply Chain Management and Production or the Department of Supply Chain Management – Strategy and Innovation or the Department of Supply Chain Management and Management Science. Your thesis will be centrally allocated.

Please send your application documents (PDF application form, transcript of records, bachelor certificate, CV, Internship certificates, etc.) to  master-scm(at)wiso.uni-koeln.de. The possibility to fill out the form online is dependent on the browser. If input fields are not highlighted in Adobe Reader review whether "highlight existing fields" is activated. Please send your application form and the other documents in two seperate pdf files. Also check that your application does not exceed a file-size of 4 MB.

 

Summer termWinter term
Application deadlineFebruary 15th August 15th
Interviews (only Supply Chain Master Challenge)Beginning of MarchBeginning of September
Allocation of participants to departments and topicsMarchSeptember
Starting date for thesisApril 1stOctober 1st

 

 

Topics

Theoretical Master Thesis

If you are interested in writing your thesis on a theoretical topic, you can make suggestions on topics or preferred research fields in the application form.

Practical Master Thesis

You are also welcome to independently choose a company, at which you want to write your master thesis. Please mention the company and describe the potential topic of your practical thesis in the application form. Your supervisor will specify the topic of your thesis with you after acceptance of your application.

Supply Chain Master Challenge

If you like to participate in the Supply Chain Master Challenge, indicate your order of preferences for at least three companies taking part in the Supply Chain Master Challenge.  Applicants who have not been selected by one of the companies will automatically participate in the selection process for a theoretical master thesis. For further information regarding the Supply Chain Master Challenge,  see ...

 

Contact

If you have any questions, please contact  Jun.-Prof. Dr. Anna-Lena Sachs or  AD Dr. Johannes Antweiler.

 

 

General Information - Bachelor

It is possible to write a final Bachelor thesis at the Department of Supply Chain Management and Production. If there is interest to write a thesis at the seminar please contact Mr.  Dr. Johannes Antweiler.  An appointment is required and can be made in the secretariat.

The form to apply for a final thesis at the Department of Supply of Supply Chain Management and Production can be found PDF here (the possibility to fill out the form online is dependent on the utilized browser).

To write a Bachelor thesis it is required to apply through the central allocation

Bachelor, Master Topics

A final Bachelor or Master thesis can deal with one the following current research topics of the Department of Supply Chain Management and Production:

Inventory Management/Supply Chain Optimization

An efficient inventory management is a crucial contribution to the logistics performance of a company. The knowledge from the course Supply Chain Management and Producktion III (Logistics of Materials and Inventory Management) is relevant. A thesis with regard to practical issues could deal with the selection of appropriate forecasting methods or the inventory management of real life data. Furthermore, an overall supply chain perspective has to be considered due to a growing integration into the supply chain of suppliers and direct customers. A Diploma thesis can either deal with optimization approaches of the supply chain or with theoretical approaches.

Supply Network Planning/Lotsizing/Scheduling

The knowledge of the courses Supply Chain Management and Production II (Processes), Supply Chain Management and Production III (Logistics of Materials and Inventory Management), and Software Systems for Supply Chain Management and Production should be applied and expanded in a theoretical or practically orientated thesis. A thesis in this area deals with concrete planning issues. A potential approach in a practically orientated project could be to select an appropriate model and algorithm after a current state analysis to implement an optimizing planning tool.

Supply Chain Design

The knowledge of the courses Supply Chain Management and Production I (Structures), and Modeling, Simulation, and Optimization of Production and Logistics Systems (analytical models) deal with performance measures to design production systems. The objective of a practically orientated Diploma thesis is to record performance preventing effects, to estimate their influence, and to develop an optimization approach for the system configuration (coordination of workload and buffer allocation). A theoretical thesis analyzes required methods for the above mentioned issues.

Simulation of Production Systems

Simulations are developed to support tactical decisions of production management Zur Unterstützung taktischer and to analyze control rules of production and logistics. The current system and the conceptional system are examined to evaluate concrete alternatives. The simulation software ARENA is applied to model and evaluate the alternative. It is also possible to develop a simulation tool which simplifies the creation of a model due to pre-defined components (based on ARENA).

Furthermore, student can propose individual topics from the area Production and Logistics.

 

 

[Translate to Englisch:] Allgemeine Informationen - Bachelor Studiengänge

General Information - Bachelor

It is possible to write a final Bachelor thesis at the Department of Supply Chain Management and Production. If there is interest to write a thesis at the seminar please contact Mr.  Dr. Johannes Antweiler.  An appointment is required and can be made in the secretariat.

The form to apply for a final thesis at the Department of Supply of Supply Chain Management and Production can be found PDF here (the possibility to fill out the form online is dependent on the utilized browser).

To write a Bachelor thesis it is required to apply through the central allocation

Bachelor, Master Topics

A final Bachelor or Master thesis can deal with one the following current research topics of the Department of Supply Chain Management and Production:

Inventory Management/Supply Chain Optimization

An efficient inventory management is a crucial contribution to the logistics performance of a company. The knowledge from the course Supply Chain Management and Producktion III (Logistics of Materials and Inventory Management) is relevant. A thesis with regard to practical issues could deal with the selection of appropriate forecasting methods or the inventory management of real life data. Furthermore, an overall supply chain perspective has to be considered due to a growing integration into the supply chain of suppliers and direct customers. A Diploma thesis can either deal with optimization approaches of the supply chain or with theoretical approaches.

Supply Network Planning/Lotsizing/Scheduling

The knowledge of the courses Supply Chain Management and Production II (Processes), Supply Chain Management and Production III (Logistics of Materials and Inventory Management), and Software Systems for Supply Chain Management and Production should be applied and expanded in a theoretical or practically orientated thesis. A thesis in this area deals with concrete planning issues. A potential approach in a practically orientated project could be to select an appropriate model and algorithm after a current state analysis to implement an optimizing planning tool.

Supply Chain Design

The knowledge of the courses Supply Chain Management and Production I (Structures), and Modeling, Simulation, and Optimization of Production and Logistics Systems (analytical models) deal with performance measures to design production systems. The objective of a practically orientated Diploma thesis is to record performance preventing effects, to estimate their influence, and to develop an optimization approach for the system configuration (coordination of workload and buffer allocation). A theoretical thesis analyzes required methods for the above mentioned issues.

Simulation of Production Systems

Simulations are developed to support tactical decisions of production management Zur Unterstützung taktischer and to analyze control rules of production and logistics. The current system and the conceptional system are examined to evaluate concrete alternatives. The simulation software ARENA is applied to model and evaluate the alternative. It is also possible to develop a simulation tool which simplifies the creation of a model due to pre-defined components (based on ARENA).

Furthermore, student can propose individual topics from the area Production and Logistics.

 

 

 

Person of Contact

AD Dr. Johannes Antweiler
Telefon: +49 (221) 470 - 3898
Fax: +49 (221) 470 - 5140
 antweiler(at)wiso.uni-koeln.de