Master Thesis

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Aarhus University (AU) gives students an opportunity to do Master’s theses in close collaboration with private and public companies/organisations because our goal is to help improve your career prospects. In order to reach this goal, we need to collect information on the companies/organisations that students collaborate with.

If you are registered for a Master’s thesis, you will soon receive a form in your AU mailbox. The form includes a few questions regarding your possible collaboration with any company/organisation.

Below, you can read more about the information we collect on Master’s thesis collaborations: 

Master's thesis collaboration with a company or organisation:

What does a Master’s thesis collaboration involve?
Master’s theses written in collaboration with business and industry and the public sector are defined as follows: You were in contact with the company/organisation and agreed on a research question for the Master’s thesis, and youmade an agreement with the company/organisation to write the thesis as a collaboraration.

What is the information used for?
The information about the collaboration will not be made public, but will give us important information about how many students participate in collaborations with business and industry. The information will also give us an idea of which types of companies and organisations collaborate with students at AU. This will help AU do a better job of providing support for collaborations between students and our many partners. The total number of collaborations with companies/organisations each year will also be reported to the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education.

What if we are writing the thesis in a group?
If you are writing with other students, you will each have to fill out the form. This is necessary because AU has to report to the ministry how many students have collaborated with external companies and organisations each year.

Confidentiality:

Examples of confidential information include sensitive personal data on interviewees or health information. Your thesis may also be subject to confidentiality if you were asked to agree to a special level of confidentiality to get access to the company’s sensitive data. Typically, you will have made a written agreement about confidentiality with the partner, but if you are unsure whether your exam paper includes confidential information, it is a good idea to discuss it with your collaboration partner.

What happens if I answer ‘yes’ to confidential?
If you indicate in the form that you Master’s thesis includes confidential material, this information will be used to ensure that your paper will be treated confidentially when it is checked for plagiarism.

All Master’s theses will be checked for plagiarism, but if the thesis includes confidential information, the check will be done in a closed system and the thesis will be filed as ‘confidential’. It will not influence the assessment of your paper if you mark it as confidential. These measures are taken to ensure that AU lives up to its special responsibility to the companies to ensure the security of their confidential information when we store it in future.

If you indicate that your thesis is confidential, it will not be possible to publish it at the Royal Danish Library.

What happens if I say yes to publication through the Royal Danish Library?
If you agree to have your Master’s thesis published at the Royal Danish Library, other people will get the opportunity to read you thesis through the Royal Danish Library.

Can I withdraw my consent?
If you no longer want your thesis to be accessible through the library's search engine, contact the library's editors who can close access to your thesis. You can write to them at the e-mail address pure@au.dk.