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.

Automatic registration

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.

Even though you will be registered automatically for your Master’s thesis, please be aware that you have to register your academic supervisor, 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 find an academic supervisor by 1 June and register your academic supervisor, the (tentative) thesis title and your problem statement by completing the thesis registration web. 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 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 academic supervisor, (tentative) thesis title and problem statement

To start the preparation of the thesis you must decide on a topic and also formulate a tentative problem statement. It is your responsibility to find an academic supervisor for your Master’s thesis who teaches or does research within this topic (see the department’s supervisor list for Master’s thesis within corporate communication) Once you are ready, you contact ONLY one potential supervisor at a time by e-mail stating:

1. tentative title

2. tentative problem statement

3. tentative research approach (methods/theory)

4. tentative description of data

5. tentative outline

6. tentative list of literature

7. why the proposal is in line with the student’s Master of corporate communication programme

8. why the supervisor is relevant

When the supervisor and the student have come to an agreement, the student completes the Master’s thesis registration form online. This form contains information about the student, a working title, a problem statement and academic supervisor. - The deadline for copleting the Master's thesis registration form was december 1st. If you are registered for the thesis but have not yet made an agreement with a surpervisor please contact Lene Lybech at lenely@mgmt.au.dk.

If your attempt to interest at least three supervisors has been unsuccessful, you still have to register by 1 December and a supervisor will be allocated to you as soon as possible after this date.

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

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

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".

Submission by e-mail

You must also send your Master's thesis to studyservice.bss@au.dk the day that you hand in your Master's thesis. 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. 

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).

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