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 a course description for the Master's Thesis in the course catalog. Identical course descriptions for each institution have been made and can be found here:

Course description for Department of Economics and Business Economics (ECON)

Course description for Department of Management (MGMT)

The course descriptions for the Master's thesis in the spring semester 2019 will be updated at the end of October 2018.

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


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.

Before you start working on your thesis, you have to decide on a topic and develop a preliminary problem statement. Next you should contact a lecturer or a researcher in your chosen field of study and find out whether he or she would be interested in supervising you. The academic supervisor must approve your 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').  

If you wish to write your Master's thesis with a fellow student from a different MSc. programme than you, you must both contact your respective academic programme coordinators.
They will consider whether your common topic can be approved within both MSc. programmes.

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 (the registration is now closed and the web form will be available again in the spring 2019).

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 find 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. Rather, the coordinators will use the statement to find supervisors for students that have not yet found a supervisor as of 1 December.

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

Registration in the Student Self-Service (STADS)

Are you 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 your maximum duration of studies is extended or shortened, your (automatic) registration will depend on 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. The deadline for assessment/the oral defense is 6 weeks, counting from the submission day.

The deadline for assessment/the oral defense is 4 weeks, counting from the submission day.   

Once you are registered, you cannot cancel your registration.

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 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.

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 13:00. This means that you should begin uploading well in advance and no later than 10 minutes before deadline, since the flow closes exactly at 13:00.
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. 

You must also upload your thesis to Theses@bss. This is Aarhus BSS’ archive where all digital theses are stored. 

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

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.
When you upload your thesis in Theses@bss, you can choose whether you want the thesis to be confidential and therefore not 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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