Master's Thesis

Master’s thesis - MA in Corporate Communication

Rules regarding Master's Thesis

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

The complete set of rules can be found in the academic regulations for the programme.

Registration for Master’s Thesis

Are you a master’s degree student following the prescribed study programme, you will automatically be registered for your master’s thesis at the fourth semester of your degree programme with a submission deadline on 1 June. The deadline for assessment/the oral defense is 6 weeks, counting from the submission day. 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 registering a (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.

Even though you will be registered automatically for your Master’s thesis, please be aware that you have to register the (tentative) thesis title and your problem statement by completing the thesis registration web form by 1 December (see below). Even if you do not complete the thesis registration web form at the outset of the 4. semester, you will still formally have started your thesis writing period. This means that your thesis writing period is counted from the time when you are registered automatically and not from the time when you complete the thesis registration web form.

If you are registered for your Master’s thesis in the autumn semester because you do not follow the scheduled MA programme, you will have to register the (tentative) thesis title and your problem statement by completing the thesis registration web by 1 June. The submission deadline for the Master’s thesis is 1 January.

The deadline for the oral defence is 6 weeks, counting from the submission date.

Please note: Once you have been registered, you cannot cancel your registration.

Important deadlines 

Semester for writing the Master’s thesisDeadline for registering  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 (tentative) thesis title and problem statement

THE MASTER'S THESIS PROCESS (Fall 2018)

1. Choose one subject area as the main area for which you would like supervision (cf Appendix: subject areas below). Even if your thesis is a combination of several subject areas, you need to decide on one main subject area in which you want to position your thesis.

  • Choose your method(s) for data collection and analysis from a list (see below).
  • Copy-paste your project description from Word into the online form (max. 100 words). This description should include all your plans and ideas about your thesis. A problem statement is not required at this early stage in the process. The project description will be used to make student-supervisor matches.

 2. Supervisor allocation

  • We make every effort to find the best supervisor for your topic, but we cannot guarantee that you will get a supervisor whose core expertise closely matches both your subject area and your methods.
  • However, we do not accommodate requests for getting or not getting a particular supervisor, because we allocate supervisors based on their availability and expertise and because we're facing many complexities in allocating our teaching resources to the different semesters in all our education programmes.
  • We will post the final list of students/supervisors on Blackboard by December 15. Please note that this list is final and that we cannot accommodate requests for supervisor changes.

3 . Supervision (February 1 – May 31)

  • You can expect one kick-off meeting with your supervisor before February 1 to discuss you project.
  • To finalize your registration, you are asked to fill in the “Thesis Information Form” with your tentative title of your Master Thesis by 15 February. This form will be uploaded to a site on Blackboard of which you will become a member.  
  • Officially, supervision starts on February 1. Your supervisor gets 17 hours per thesis (not per student), which includes time for meetings, preparation, and correspondence.

4. Thesis submission deadlines

  • June 1 (1st attempt)
  • September 1 (2nd attempt): 4 hours of supervision (including supervisor's time for correspondence and preparation); an amended problem statement is required.
  • December 1 (3rd attempt): 4 hours of supervision (including supervisor's time for correspondence and preparation); an amended problem statement is required.

5. Defence

  • The deadline for the oral defence is 6 weeks, counting from the submission date.
  • If you submit your thesis as a group, the group members can decide whether they want a group exam or want to be examined individually.

6. Exceptions

In exceptional cases, you can be granted permission to start your thesis in September 2019. Refer to the study counselors, should this become relevant for you. The timeline would be as follows:

  • Pre-registration via Study Portal: May 1 – May 15
  • Supervisors are announced on Blackboard by June 1
  • Kick-off meeting with supervisor in June or August
  • Submission of "Thesis information" by September 1 (details to follow)
  • Student supervision: September 1 – December 20
  • Thesis submission: January 1 (2nd attempt: April 1, 3rd attempt: July 1)
  • Defense: End of the month in which you submit (with the exception of July)

If a due date falls on a weekend day or public holiday, the due date is moved to the next working day.

APPENDIX – Topic Registration on Blackboard

1)    Subject areas (Choose only one)

  • Marketing communication
  • Organizational communication
  • Change communication
  • HR communication
  • Strategic communication
  • Communication management
  • Stakeholder communication
  • CSR & sustainability communication
  • Crisis communication
  • Investor relations communication
  • Corporate branding
  • Employer branding

2) Methods for data collection (Multiple choices possible)

  • Interviews
  • Observations
  • Quantitative survey
  • Artifacts (e.g. documents/texts/images)

3) Methods of data analysis (Multiple choices possible)

  • Content analysis (quantitative or qualitative)
  • Conversation analysis / micro-ethnography
  • Discourse analysis
  • Multimodal discourse analysis
  • Grounded theory
  • Narrative analysis
  • Quantitative analysis

    OR:

  • My thesis is not based on empirical data

Remember to complete the thesis registration web form by 1 December

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.

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".

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. The oral defence will be within 6 weeks after handing in.

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).

Internship-based Master's Thesis

A master’s thesis that integrates the project-based internship and the master’s thesis so that the thesis is a continuation of the portfolio which is prepared as part of the project-based internship is an Internship-based Master’s Thesis. Thus, if the student’s programme fulfills this requirement, the master’s thesis will be recognised as an Internship-based Master’s Thesis on the exam transcript.

Confidentiality agreement

Students from Aarhus BSS often cooperate with private companies or organisations when writing their thesis. In this connection, these external partners may have an understandable wish to prevent any third party from getting access to confidential information. 

For this reason, Aarhus BSS has established a set of rules with procedures and obligations committing Aarhus BSS as an institution in connection with a confidentiality procedures. Further, School of Business and Social Sciences has made an optional agreement form which the student and the company/organisation may use in order to sign a mutual confidentiality agreement. 

Aarhus BSS's procedures and obligations 
If a company or an organisation - when cooperating with a student from School of Business and Social Sciences on a thesis - requests for confidentiality about knowledge acquired by School of Business and Social Sciences and the student, School of Business and Social Sciences is obliged to comply with the below-mentioned 'School of Business and Social Sciences Thesis – Confidentiality Rules'. 

Please note that main part of these rules only becomes effective, if the thesis is marked as 'Confidential'.

Aarhus BSS's confidentiality agreement
Version 1.0

The following rule applies, if a student writing his/her thesis informs his/her academic supervisor about a secrecy agreement made with a company or an organisation: 

1. The supervisor is bound to observe professional secrecy about the company knowledge acquired in the super-vising process. 

Furthermore, if the thesis is marked 'Confidential' because of the above-mentioned agreement, the following rules apply: 

2. The submitted copies of the thesis will only be available for the supervisor/examiner, external examiner and the necessary administrative staff, and copies will not be distributed to others. 

3. The supervisor/examiner and the external examiner are bound to observe professional secrecy about the company knowledge acquired from the thesis and the oral examination, if any. 

4. School of Business and Social Sciences' administrative staff is bound to secrecy about any company knowledge acquired from the thesis. 

5. The supervisor/examiner has to ensure that the oral examination (if any) is held behind closed doors. 

6. If the School of Business and Social Sciences Library receives a copy of the thesis, it will not be available for reading and/or lending. 

7. In the case of an appeal in connection with an exam complaint, the thesis will be available for all members of the appeals committee, who will be bound to professional secrecy, as described in item 3.

If the company/organisation wishes a written certificate stating the compliance of these rules, the Confidentiality Certificate should be completed. The wording of this certificate is identical with the above-mentioned text. The company/organisation completes the certificate with the company/organisation name, student name and thesis title and forward it to the academic supervisor for signing.

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