Master's thesis

The master's thesis is the most independent part of the master's degree work. It may be an examination of empirical material or it may represent a systematic enquiry into a theoretical subject based on existing literature. Find more information in the course description 'Master's thesis' in the AU course catalogue.

You will be registered automatically for your master’s thesis at the fourth semester of your master's degree programme. As a general rule, the Master's thesis concludes the degree program.

Please note: Due to the study progress reform, different rules regarding the thesis size will apply for students enrolled in the MSc/MA degree programme before and after 1st September 2015:

Students enrolled before 1 September 2015

 The size of the thesis must not exceed 100 standard pages; normally, a thesis is between 60-100 standard pages.

  • Last date of submission: 14 March (registration 1 September)
  • Last date of submission: 15 August (registration 1 February)

Students enrolled as of 1st September 2015:

The size of the thesis must not exceed 80 standard pages; normally, a thesis is between 50-80 standard pages. For students enrolled as of 1st September 2015, the period of writing will be reduced to four months. Counselling may commence 6 months prior to the date of submission.

  • Deadline for submission 1 June  (registration 1 February)

Summer submission

Timeline:

  • 15 November: Automatic registration for the master's thesis
  • 1 December: Deadline for submission of master's thesis contract
  • Start December: Allocation of supervisors
  • End of January: Deadline for submission of short problem statement
  • 1 February: Start of thesis writing period.
  • 1 June: Deadline for submission of master's thesis

Winter submission

  • 15 May: Automatic registration for the master's thesis
  • 1 June: Deadline for submission of master's thesis contract
  • Start June: Allocation of supervisors
  • 15 August: Deadline for submission of problem statement to supervisor
  • 1 September: Approval of master's thesis contract and start of thesis writing period.
  • 2 January: Deadline for submission of master's thesis

Deadline and exam attempts

If you do not submit your thesis by the deadline date, you will be automatically registered for your second examination attempt. The thesis statement must be within the same subject area. Prior to your re-registration, you must discuss the revised thesis statement with your supervisor. Once your revised contract has been approved, the new deadline date is set to 3 months and two weeks after the original deadline date (first examination attempt). Once again, you will receive an e-mail, this time informing you of your new deadline date. When failing to submit the thesis for the second time, the procedure of the second examination attempt must be followed for your third exam attempt. You are entitled to 3 examination attempts.

If a submitted thesis is assessed at grade lower than 02, i.e. does not pass, you will have spent an examination attempt. The new deadline date is set to 3 months and two weeks after registration of the fail grade, and you will receive an e-mail stating the new hand in date.

The thesis supervisor will inform you about the reasons for the grade and you will discuss how the thesis may be improved in order to obtain a pass grade. At a later supervision meeting, a revised thesis agreement will be drafted with a changed thesis statement which will be within the same subject area. You must send this revised thesis contract to your supervisor.

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