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Requirements on the Electronically Submitted Thesis

There are only very few requirements on the format of the electronically submitted thesis.

As a matter of course you need to make sure that the supervisor and reviewers grading your thesis can actually view, read, and print the PDF file. Hence you should embed fonts and not use encryption. The first page of the PDF file (cover page) needs to contain the title of the thesis and the author.

Title of the Thesis

The title in English language should conform to guidelines for the use of English in thesis titles. Entering your thesis’ title in the database you may use Unicode (see next section "Hints on entering special characters").

General remarks on the PDF file

If possible fill in the metadata fields of the PDF for author ("lastname, firstname") and title (the title as given in the database possibly followed by its translation separated by " / ") correctly. The upload form checks this and displays the metadata.

A suggestion for a LaTeX template for theses is available at the homepage of Philipp H. v. Loewenfeld. The TUM corporate design contains templates for final theses (in German) as well.

Should the PDF file become very large due to included high-resolution graphics it might be useful to optimize the file using Adobe Acrobat or Ghostscript (e. g. via gs -dNOPAUSE -dBATCH -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -dCompatibilityLevel=1.4 -dPDFSETTINGS=/prepress -sOutputFile=output.pdf input.pdf).

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