On this page you can find most of the rules regarding the Master’s thesis.
You can find a course description for the Master's Thesis in the course catalogue.
|Deadlines||Master's thesis in the spring semester||Master's thesis in the autumn semester**|
Deadline for request for/choice of supervisor
|1 December||1 June|
|Deadline for uploading your preliminary title and thesis statement in WISEflow||20 January||20 August|
|Master's thesis submission deadline||1 June||2 January|
|Deadline for uploading a revised thesis statement||10 June||10 January|
|Master's thesis submission deadline, second attempt*||15 September||15 April|
|Deadline for uploading a revised thesis statement||24 September||24 April|
|Master's thesis submission deadline, third attempt*||2 January||1 August|
*These deadlines only apply if you do not submit your thesis within the submission deadline for your first or second examination attempt respectively. Other rules/deadlines apply if you do not pass your first or second examination attempt (please refer to the section “If you do not pass...” below”).
** These dates apply to students starting their programme in the winter and to students who have been granted dispensation to write their Master's thesis in the autumn semester.
If the date of the submission deadline is a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday, the deadline will be the next working day following this date.
To start the preparation of the thesis you must decide on a topic and also formulate a tentative thesis statement.
Before the deadlines (listed above) you must register your preferred academic supervisor, the (tentative) thesis title and your thesis statement by completing the Registration webform
If you are writing a theoretical thesis please state it under the company information in the registration form.
The master’s thesis can be written by one or two students. If you are two authors you must register by completing the same webform together (e.g. one webform for each 'group').
The reasons why you should consider your “Thesis statement including theory and data” as early as possible are that these considerations will influence your choice of supervisor and allow potential supervisors to determine whether they would be the right supervisor for your project. In this way, your own clarification of your research area makes it easier for you to ask for the right supervisor. In addition, the coordinators use your research area and your suggested title to determine whether your topic falls within the academic scope of your degree programme.
In principle, what your state on your registration form is your best suggestion for a thesis statement at the given time in the process. Naturally, this means that it is not binding.
Please note that you must only use this web form for registration of your first examination attempt.
The assigned academic supervisor must approve the thesis title and thesis statement.
If you are a Master’s degree student following the prescribed study programme, you will automatically be registered for your Master’s thesis in the Self-service system (STADS) at the outset of the fourth semester of your degree programme with a submission deadline on 1 June. 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 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.
If your maximum duration of studies is extended or shortened, your (automatic) registration will depend on your maximum duration of studies.
The deadline for assessment/the oral defense is 6 weeks, counting from the submission day.
Once you are registered, you cannot cancel your registration.
You can only choose a supervisor from BTECH. Please note that you ask for a preferred supervisor. After the deadline a supervisor will be assigned to you by the programme coordinator.
Your supervisor must formally approve of your preliminary title and thesis statement. This means that immediately before you begin writing your Master’s thesis, you will be asked to upload your preliminary title and thesis statement to WISEflow, where it will await formal approval from your supervisor. You can find the relevant deadline in the table under 'Deadlines'.
It is perfectly acceptable for the preliminary title and thesis statement to be identical to the description you submitted via the online form in connection with your request for / choice of supervisor, and you may change your title and thesis statement in collaboration with your supervisor on an ongoing basis while writing your Master’s thesis.
The guidelines for written assignments include: referencing tools, how to refer to your sources and make a reference list, and how to avoid plagiarism.
If you gain access to or collect personal data to be used in your assignment, you are responsible for taking care of that data.
Learn about the the rules for collecting and processing personal data (GDPR).
In order to improve your career prospects, we need to collect information on the companies/organisations that you may collaborate with.
Once you have registered for your Master’s thesis, you will receive a form in your AU mailbox. The form contains a few questions regarding your collaboration with the company/organisation.
You must complete the form regardless of whether you are collaborating with a company/organisation or not.
If you need help when completing the form, you can read more on AU's page on registration of collaborations, where you can also send your questions via the contact form.
Your Master’s thesis must be uploaded in WiseFlow. You are not allowed to hand in a paper copy of the thesis, as it is the uploaded version that is legally binding. When you have handed in the thesis in WiseFlow it will automatically be send to supervisor and external examiner.
You will receive an e-mail from WISEflow when it is possible to upload your Master's thesis. Deadline for handing in the thesis in WISEflow is 1 June at 12:00. This means that you should begin uploading well in advance before deadline, since the flow closes exactly at 12:00. Uploading a thesis can take up to 30 minutes.
If you experience problems with uploading your thesis, please contact the technical and/or administrative support.
Once you have uploaded your thesis it is not possible to withdraw it. Therefore, you must make absolutely sure that you upload the correct version.
The flow is set up as a “group-flow”.
If the Master's thesis is written by one person you must choose "Create one-person group" in WISEflow. If you have not previously tried to upload an assignment in WISEflow as a group, please read and follow the instructions on how to submit as a group.
The thesis including appendixes must be saved as one PDF-file and uploaded under “Paper”. Read more on how to convert your paper to PDF.
Under the category “Extra material” you can upload material like movies, sound, programs (Excel, SAS mv.). The extra material does not have to be a pdf-file and you can hand in more than one file up to a maximum size of 5 GB.
You are not required to attach your confidentiality agreement when you upload and submit your Master's thesis.
When you upload your Master's thesis in WISEflow, you must indicate (in the 'Cover') whether the thesis contains confidential material.
Handing in from 15 May - 31 May
Theses handed in from 15 May -31 May will not be sent to evaluation before the deadline 1 June.
Especially for early submission during the summer period - the second examination attempt:
As a rule, there is no assessment of theses, papers and exams in July. Individual deadlines for evaluation of early submission must therefore be planned in advance. The assessment deadline will be four weeks + the month of July.
The department will send you information regarding the oral defence of the thesis either via mail or Brightspace. The deadline for assessment/the oral defense is 6 weeks, counting from the submission day.
No access to OneDrive after graduation
Once your last grade is registered you will no longer have access to OneDrive. This means that you have to download and transfer your files from OneDrive before finishing your programme.
It is not possible to restore access to OneDrive once you have finished your programme at Aarhus University.
If you fail to submit your Master's thesis within the prescribed submission deadline, it means you will have spent an examination attempt.
You must subsequently prepare a revised thesis statement within the same subject area and with the same supervisor.
Please contact your supervisor no later than five days after you have received the not passing grade (not including the month of July). Together, you must prepare and agree on a revised thesis statement. You must upload the revised thesis statement to WISEflow, where it will await formal approval from your supervisor. (Please note that the July month is free of assessment).
It is your responsibility to contact your supervisor to initiate this process.
The new submission deadline for handing in your Master's thesis will be 3 months + 14 days from your original submission deadline. The new submission deadline will automatically come into effect the day after your orginal deadline. If you fail to submit your Master's thesis by the new deadline, it means you will have spent yet another examination attempt.
If you fail to submit your Master's thesis within the submission deadline for your second examination attempt, the same procedure will apply.
Registration for the second and third examination attempt will happen automatically.
To pass your Master's thesis, you have to achieve the grade 02 or higher. If your Master's thesis is not awarded the grade 02 or higher, you will have spent an examination attempt. You must subsequently prepare a revised thesis statement within the same subject area and with the same supervisor.
Please contact your supervisor no later than five days after you have received the not passing grade (not including the month of July). Together, you must prepare and agree on a revised thesis statement.
You must upload the revised thesis statement to WISEflow, where it will await formal approval from your supervisor. (Please note that the July month is free of assessment).
The new submission deadline for handing in your Master's thesis will be 3 months + 14 days from the assessment deadline for your first examination attempt. The new submission deadline will automatically come into effect the day after the assessment date. If you fail to submit your Master's thesis by the new deadline, it means you will have spent yet another examination attempt.
The same procedure will apply if your Master's thesis is not awarded the grade 02 or higher at your second examination attempt.
Especially for students writing Master's thesis in the spring semester
For students writing Master's thesis in the spring semester, the assessment deadline is 30 June.
Since the month of July does not count in the assessment period, the deadline for submission is three months + 14 days from 1st August and your 2nd examination attempt can therefore start at the earliest on 15 August. This notwithstanding that you will receive a non-pass assessment earlier than the 30 June.