Master's thesis

Rules regarding the Master’s thesis

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

You can find the course description for the master's thesis in the course catalogue.

Below you can find the departments' guidelines for writing the Master's thesis:

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

(only by exemption)

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").

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 and then you should contact an academic supervisor who teaches or does research within this topic.

Before the deadlines (listed above) you must register your academic supervisor, the (tentative) thesis title and your problem statement by completing the thesis registration web form

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

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

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

Registration in the Student Self-Service (STADS)

You will automatically be registered for the Master’s thesis at the outset of the fourth semester with a submission deadline on 1 June. The deadline for assessment/the oral defense is 4 weeks, counting from the submission day. 

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

Once you are registered, you cannot cancel your registration.

Handing in your thesis

Your Master’s thesis must only be uploaded in respectively WiseFlow and Theses@bss. 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.
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.

Theses@bss
You must also send your Master's thesis by email to studyservice.bss@au.dk the day that you hand in your Master's thesis in order for the thesis to be uploaded in Theses@bss. Write Theses-(your studies) in the subject field. Aarhus BSS Studyservice will send your Master's thesis to the AU Library, Aarhus BSS' e-archive for digital projects.

Even though your thesis is confidential, you must send it to studyservice.bss@au.dk. However, your confidential thesis will not be available for reading and/or lending. 

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 exaam. 

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.

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. 

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. 

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