There are two different groups here, those who study remotely (ΕΑΠ) and those who study in campus (Aegean).
Students from the first group are intentionally studying from distance and have a limited number of interactions with their supervisors. Doing experimental work is often difficult and working in the lab impossible. Therefore most of the theses I supervise here are not involved in experiments and depended on lab equipment and software. Students should work with the means of hardware and software available to them (either by profession, or owned, or use open source), or do theoretical work (dissertation, no lab related experiments etc)
Many Aegean students also ask to do their thesis from distance. In my opinion it is possible, but there are many risks. From my experience most students that leave the university before completing their thesis delay their graduation significantly. There is a number of reasons for this:
- Most of the projects we do need lab work and are related to experiments that involve users and hardware/software equipment we only have in the university.
- Based on this fact it is impossible to communicate and most importantly collaborate with the supervisor. Students miss the potential of everyday interaction with the supervisor while email communication or other means of online collaboration are not mature technologies for these purposes.
- It is hard to participate to hands on lab work, perform experiments, design and do evaluation with actual users.
- Most students have difficulties in focusing to their primary task. They usually end up doing other things in life, work, experiment endlessly with various ideas irrelevant to their thesis, even take a year off and go on holidays!
All these are true time wasters in terms of thesis writing. In my honest opinion it is much better to stay focused, locate yourself in the campus and finish early. Then you have the freedom to do whatever you want!