Master Thesis

Rules regarding the Master’s thesis

From 1 September 2015, new rules apply to all Master's students. From now on, you will be registered automatically for your Master’s thesis once you have participated in all of your exams (90 ECTS) on the first three semesters of your Master’s degree programme. Registration for the Master’s thesis will take place if you have been registered for all of your remaining exams, even if you have not passed all of your exams. This also applies if you have been registered as “absent” in those exams. Once you have been registered, you cannot cancel your registration. Please check the procedures in your study guide and in the course catalogue.

If you can document that ‘special circumstances’ apply, an application for dispensation can be met. Find out more about dispensation.

Timeline FIRST exam attempt


Spring sem. (1)

Autumn sem. (2)

Submission of application for supervisor and topic registration, including:

     For MA in Corporate Communication

  • subject area
  • method for data collection
  • method for data analysis

     For MA in Business Communication -
     English, French, German and Spanish

  • short project description
  • research approach (methods)
  • description of data
 

15 Nov.

15 May

Allocation of supervisor

1 Dec.

 

1 June

 

First meeting(s) with your supervisor

1 Dec. – 1 Feb.

 

1 June – 1 Sep.

 

Meetings with your supervisor and writing the thesis

1 Feb. - 1 June

 

1 Sep. - 1 Jan.

 

Submission

1 June

 

1 Jan.

 

Oral defence

1-30 June

 

1-31 Jan.

 

(1) Scheduled study programme: the thesis is placed on your fourth semester
(2) Non-scheduled study programme: ex. you are delayed in your study programme, special circumstances apply etc.
NB: If the date stated is a Saturday, Sunday or holiday, the deadline is the first working day after the deadline.

Application forms and more info

Supervision

In relation to the first exam attempt, the student is allocated 17 hours of supervision. This covers supervision meetings, e-mail correspondence, preparation for supervision meetings, etc. Groups of two or three students are allocated the same amount of supervision hours as these are allocated on the basis of each Master’s thesis. Supervision hours that have not been used cannot be transferred and used in connection with another exam attempt.

In relation to the second or third exam attempt students are allocated 4 supervision hours. This also covers supervision meetings, e-mail correspondence, preparation for supervision meetings, etc.

Submitting your thesis

The hand in of the master thesis has been digitalised. This means that the assignment has to be handed in via WISEflow and uploaded in Theses@bss.

Submission of Thesis Title:

You must state the final title in Danish and English, via mit.au.dk (self-service), no later than when submitting your thesis. This is added to the activity ‘Master’s thesis.’

(The titles are used when issuing your diploma and it is therefore very important that it is done correctly)

Typing in the final Danish and English title of your Master’s thesis

-          Log in to mit.au.dk (student self-service STADS)

-          Choose the option Examination and then View Registrations and Cancellations

-          Choose the following exam period (by clicking on the plus sign)
           Summer Examination 2017 and corresponding custom periods

How do I log on to WISEflow?

The platform can be accessed on: au.wiseflow.dk  

The login is through WAYF, where you can enter in two ways:

  1. Use your normal username and password from the AU self-service portal mit.au.dk.
  2. By means of NemID with the keycard.

How do I access WISEflow?

The project can be uploaded in WISEflow from May 15 and should be uploaded June 1, at 14:00 at the latest. It is always your own responsibility that the upload happens in time.

The project can at any time be uploaded in Theses@bss but it must happen in time. It is the uploaded version of the master thesis that is legally binding.

You have to be aware that you cannot withdraw your assignment when it has been uploaded - so be very careful when uploading and handing in your project correctly.

When uploading a project in WISEflow

The first file that you upload must be a pdf-file, elsewise WISEflow cannot register that you are uploading. At the WISEFlow support you can find guide to convert your paper into af pdf.

The thesis must be uploaded as a pdf file. It is important that it must not be a scanned file. Under “extra material” you can uploade files such as attachments, videos, audio files, spreadsheets (Excel, SAS etc.) The extra material does not need to be a pdf-file. The maximum size of the files can be up to 5 GB.

When you have uploaded your project you must specify individual information about the project before you submit. You will be asked to specify:

  • The English title of the project
  • Number of characters
  • Number of pages
  • State if the project contains confidential material  

REMEMBER to press “Hand in” - it is not sufficient just uploading the assignment.

Please note: See also “How do I submit a paper as a group” 

If you submit your thesis as a single and not part of a group, you must upload the thesis by creating a "one-person group".

When uploading in Theses@bss

Remember to indicate whether it is an open and closed assignment.

Upload happens here.https://pure.au.dk/admin/anonymous/editor/studentprojecteditor.xhtml

Guidance/FAQ about upload in Theses@bss can be found here.

Please note: You will receive a receipt from both WISEflow and Theses@bss when you are done submitting the assignment. If necessary, check your spam filter.

How do I get technical support?

There will continually be phone and mail-support in the opening hours of the service desk.

Oral defence

You will be contacted by the department about the date for the oral defence.

If you do not hand in your thesis on time (failed submission)

If you do not hand in your thesis on time, please note that the form Approval of modified thesis description has to be signed and submitted immediately (within one week) after the deadline of the failed submission. If the form is not submitted, you lose the right to supervision. The three months begin at the deadline of the failed submission and will not be postponed if you do not hand in this form. 

Second attempt

If you do not hand in your Master’s thesis by the deadline, you will use one of the three attempts you have for passing your Master’s thesis, and your second attempt begins immediately after the failed submission. You will then have to formulate a modified problem statement. Your second deadline will be three months after the first deadline, which means that your second attempt will run from 1 June-1 September (spring semester) or 1 January-1 April (autumn semester).

Third attempt

If you do not hand in your master’s thesis by the new deadline, you will use the second of the three attempts you have for passing your Master’s thesis, and your third attempt begins immediately after the failed submission. You will again have to formulate a modified problem statement. Your third (and final) deadline will be three months after the second deadline, which means that your third attempt will run from September 1-December 1 (spring semester - because of the Christmas holidays,  the oral defence will take place December 1-January 15) or April 1-July 1 (autumn semester - because of the summer break, the oral defence will take place in August).

If you fail your thesis (failed thesis)

If you fail your thesis, please note that the form ‘Approval of modified thesis description’ has to be signed and submitted immediately (within one week) after the deadline for the oral defence. If the form is not submitted, you lose the right to supervision. The three months begin at the deadline for the oral defence and will not be postponed if you do not hand in this form.

Second attempt

If you fail your Master’s thesis, you will use one of the three attempts you have for passing your thesis, and your second attempt begins immediately after the failed thesis. You will then have to formulate a modified problem statement. Your second deadline will be approximately three months after the deadline for the oral defence, which means that your second attempt will run from July 1-October 1 with oral defence October 1-October 31 (spring semester) or February 1-May 1 with oral defense May 1-May 31 (autumn semester).

Third attempt

If you fail your Master’s thesis by the new deadline, you will use the second of the three attempts you have for passing your Master’s thesis, and your third attempt begins immediately after the failed thesis. You will again have to formulate a modified problem statement. Your third (and final) deadline will be approximately three months after the second deadline for the oral defense, which means that your third attempt will run from November 1-February 1 with oral defense February 1-February 28 (spring semester) or June 1-September 1 with oral defense September 1-September 30 (autumn semester).

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