Thesis topics (bachelor's, master's, PhD)


Maria G. Westdickenberg

If you are a student at any level interested in discussing the possibility of writing a bachelor's, master's, or PhD thesis under my supervision, please contact me to make an appointment.

Depending on the timing of your request, there may be a university-funded or grant-funded position open. If you are interested, please send me a cover letter, CV, and brief research statement (for instance summarizing your master's thesis and research interests) as a single pdf-file by email.

See also the seminars, projects, and open positions of our Research Training Group Energy, Entropy, and Dissipative Dynamics (EDDy) and our Collaborative Research Cluster Sparsity and Singular Structures.


Details, range, and scope of any thesis are established in person depending on the training and interests of the candidate. To give a flavor of possible topics, some examples are listed below. EDDy topics are described in more detail on the EDDy website.

Project Type of thesis
Gamma-convergence and slow motion in a higher order system Bachelor
Folds and Cross-Newell zippers in a model from materials science Master
Stability and metastability of kink-like solutions in a model for a lipid membrane Master
Entropic effects in stochastically perturbed PDEs (joint with Michael Herty) Doctoral (EDDy)
Infinite depth/width limits of neural networks (joint with Michael Westdickenberg) Doctoral (EDDy)
Global existence of Mullins-Sekerka in two dimensions (joint with Umberto L. Hryniewicz) Doctoral (EDDy)
Collapse and nucleation of chiral skyrmions (joint with Christof Melcher) Doctoral (EDDy)