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Master Thesis - MSc Economics and Business Administration

Rules regarding the Master’s thesis

On this page you can find most of the rules regarding the Master’s thesis.

You can find a course description for the Master's Thesis in the course catalogue. Read it here.

 

Important deadlines 

Semester for writing the Master’s thesisDeadline for registering supervisor, thesis title and problem statement Submission deadline

Submission deadline*

2nd examination attempt

Submission deadline*

3rd examination attempt

Spring1 December1 June1 September1 December
Autumn**1 June1 January1 April1 July

*These submission deadlines are for you who do not submit the thesis within the 1st or 2nd deadline. If you fail your thesis there are other rules and submission deadlines (see below: "Handing in the thesis").

**Only relevant for students who apply for writing their Master's thesis on the 3rd semester and/or students who have been granted an exemption to write their Master's thesis in the autumn semester.

If the submission date is a Saturday, Sunday or a holiday, the deadline is the first working day after the deadline.

Registration of supervisor, (tentative) title and problem statement

To start the preparation of the thesis you must decide on a topic and also formulate a tentative problem statement.

Before the deadlines (listed above) you must register your preferred academic supervisor, the (tentative) thesis title and your problem statement by completing the Registration webform

If you are writing a theoretical thesis please state it under the company information in the registration form.

The master’s thesis can be written by one or two students. If you are two authors you must register by completing the same webform together (e.g. one webform for each 'group').

The reasons why you should consider your “Problem statement including theory and data” as early as possible are that these considerations will influence your choice of supervisor and allow potential supervisors to determine whether they would be the right supervisor for your project. In this way, your own clarification of your research area makes it easier for you to ask for the right supervisor. In addition, the coordinators use your research area and your suggested title to determine whether your topic falls within the academic scope of your degree programme.

 

In principle, what your state on your registration form is your best suggestion for a problem statement at the given time in the process. Naturally, this means that it is not binding.

Please note that you must only use this web form for registration of your first examination attempt.

The assigned academic supervisor must approve the thesis title and problem statement.

Registration in the Student Self-Service (STADS)

If you are a Master’s degree student following the prescribed study programme, you will automatically be registered for your Master’s thesis in the Self-service system (STADS) at the outset of the fourth semester of your degree programme with a submission deadline on 1 June. However, you are responsible for checking, that your registration is correct.

 

The registration takes place at this point in time, as this gives you the possibility to carry through three exam attempts in your master’s thesis within your maximum duration of studies.

If you do not follow the scheduled programme and are registered for writing the Master’s thesis in the autumn semester, you have a deadline for finding and registering an academic supervisor and (tentative) thesis title on 1 June and must submit the thesis on 1 January.

If your maximum duration of studies is extended or shortened, your (automatic) registration will depend on your maximum duration of studies.

The deadline for assessment/the oral defense is 6 weeks, counting from the submission day.

Once you are registered, you cannot cancel your registration.


List of BTECH supervisors

You can only choose a supervisor from BTECH. Please note that you ask for a preferred supervisor. After the deadline a supervisor will be assigned to you by the programme coordinator.

Find the list here.

Guidelines for written assignments

The guidelines for written assignments include: referencing tools, how to refer to your sources and make a reference list, and how to avoid plagiarism.

Handing in your thesis

Your Master’s thesis must only be uploaded in respectively WiseFlow. You are not allowed to hand in a paper copy of the thesis, as it is the uploaded version that is legally binding. When you have handed in the thesis in WiseFlow it will automatically be send to supervisor and external examiner.

WISEflow
You will receive an e-mail from WISEflow when it is possible to upload your Master's thesis. Deadline for handing in the thesis in WISEflow is 1 June at 14:00. This means that you should begin uploading well in advance and no later than 10 minutes before deadline, since the flow closes exactly at 14:00.
Once you have uploaded your thesis it is not possible to withdraw it. Therefore, you must make absolutely sure that you upload the correct version. 

The flow is set up as a “group-flow”.
If the Master's thesis is written by one person you must choose "Create one-person group" in WISEflow.  If you have not previously tried to upload an assignment in WISEflow as a group, please read and follow the instructions on how to submit as a group.

The thesis including appendixes must be saved as one PDF-file and uploaded under “Paper”.  Read more on how to convert your paper to PDF

Under the category “Extra material” you can upload material like movies, sound, programs (Excel, SAS mv.). The extra material does not have to be a pdf-file and you can hand in more than one file up to a maximum size of 5 GB.

Confidential theses
You are not required to attach your confidentiality agreement when you upload and submit your Master's thesis.
When you upload your Master's thesis in WISEflow, you must indicate (in the 'Cover') whether the thesis contains confidential material.

Handing in from 15 May - 31 May

Theses handed in from 15 May -31 May will not be sent to evaluation before the deadline 1 June. 

Oral defense
The department will send you information regarding the oral defence of the thesis either via mail or BlackBoard. The deadline for assessment/the oral defense is 6 weeks, counting from the submission day.

Oral defence of Master’s thesis conducted abroad via Skype
In order for the oral defence to take place abroad, your application for dispensation to hold your exam off-campus must have been granted. The dispensation must include an approval of the supervisor and the exam venue.

Your application for dispensation must provide documentation for the following:

  • The circumstances justifying the wish for an off-campus exam
  • The Danish agency (embassy, consulate, partner university) providing the exam venue
  • The person who has agreed to supervise the exam. 

You must submit the application for dispensation no later than 6 weeks before you submit your Master’s thesis.

If you do not submit the thesis within the deadline

If the thesis is not handed in before the deadline, you have used one examination attempt. You will have to prepare a modified problem statement which must be approved by your supervisor. You must not use the registration web form for your 2nd and 3rd examination attempt, but please instead contact your supervisor directly. You have a new deadline of three months to submit the thesis, starting from the initial deadline.

As an appendix to the thesis, you must attach a brief account explaining how the modified problem statement differs from the original problem statement used for the first examination attempt. This brief account of the changes must be approved and signed by the supervisor. If the brief account is not included, the thesis will be rejected and you will have used an examination attempt.

If you do not submit the thesis before the new deadline, you have used the second out of the three attempts to pass the thesis. You will again have to prepare a modified problem statement which must be approved by the supervisor. You have one final deadline of 3 months to submit the thesis, starting from the second deadline.

As an appendix to the thesis, you must attach a brief account explaining how the modified problem statement differs from the problem statement used for the second examination attempt. This brief account of the changes must be approved and signed by the supervisor. If the brief account is not included, the thesis will be rejected and you will have used an examination attempt.

If you fail your thesis

 

If you fail the thesis, one examination attempt has been used. You will then have to prepare a modified problem statement which must be approved by the supervisor. You must not use the registration web form for your 2nd and 3rd examination attempt, but please instead contact your supervisor directly.   You have a new deadline of 3 months to submit the thesis, starting from the date of assessment for the first attempt.The same procedure will follow if you fail the second attempt.

As an appendix to the thesis, you must attach a brief account explaining how the modified problem statement differs from the problem statement used for the previous examination attempt. This brief account of the changes must be approved and signed by the supervisor. If the brief account is not included, the thesis will be rejected and you will have used an examination attempt.

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