Master's thesis

Rules regarding the Master’s thesis

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. Identical course descriptions for each department have been made and can be found here:

Course description for Department of Economics and Business Economics (ECON)

Course description for Department of Management (MGMT)

Important deadlines 

Semester for writing the Master’s thesisDeadline for registering supervisor, thesis title and problem statement Submission deadline

Submission deadline*

2nd attempt

Submission deadline*

3rd  attempt

Spring1 December1 June1 September1 December

Autumn**

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").

**Only relevant for students who apply for writing their Master's thesis on the 3rd semester and/or students who have been granted an exemption to write their Master's thesis in the autumn semester.

If the submission date is a Saturday, Sunday or a holiday, the deadline is the first working day after the deadline.

 

Registration of supervisor, (tentative) title and problem statement.

Before you start working on your thesis, you have to decide on a topic and develop a preliminary problem statement. Next you should contact a lecturer or a researcher in your chosen field of study and find out whether he or she would be interested in supervising you. The academic supervisor must approve your title and problem statement.

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

If you wish to write your Master's thesis with a fellow student from a different MSc. programme than you, you must both contact your respective academic programme coordinators.
They will consider whether your common topic can be approved within both MSc. programmes.

Before the deadlines (listed above) you must register your academic supervisor, the (tentative) thesis title and your problem statement by completing the thesis registration web form. 

The reasons why you should consider your “Problem 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 find 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 problem statement at the given time in the process. Naturally, this means that it is not binding. Rather, the coordinators will use the statement to find supervisors for students that have not yet found a supervisor as of 1 December.

Please note that you must only use this web form for registration of your first examination attempt.

Find the link for the registration form below. This will open well in advance of the registration deadline.

Registration form 

Registration in the Student Self-Service (STADS)

Are you 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 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 finding and registering an academic supervisor and (tentative) thesis title on 1 June and must submit the thesis on 2 January. The deadline for assessment/the oral defense is 6 weeks, counting from the submission day.

The deadline for assessment/the oral defense is 6 weeks, counting from the submission day.   

Once you are registered, you cannot cancel your registration.

Supervisor list

Supervisor list from Department of Management

 Your thesis process starts by you deciding on a topic; you must formulate a tentative problem statement and then you contact an academic supervisor who teaches or does research within this topic.

Before 1 December you must register/state/announce your academic supervisor and the (tentative) thesis title by completing the thesis registration webform.

The academic supervisor must approve the thesis title and problem statement and will act as a kind of consultant during your preparation of the thesis. The supervisor is also in charge of the oral exam taking the thesis as the starting point.  

 Supervisor list from the Department of Management (MGMT)

Supervisor list from Department of Economics and Business Economics 

Your thesis process starts by you deciding on a topic; you must formulate a tentative problem statement and then you contact an academic supervisor who teaches or does research within this topic.

Before 1 December you must register/state/announce your academic supervisor and the (tentative) thesis title by completing the thesis registration webform.

The academic supervisor must approve the thesis title and problem statement and will act as a kind of consultant during your preparation of the thesis. The supervisor is also in charge of the oral exam taking the thesis as the starting point.  

Supervisor list from Department of Economics and Business Economics (ECON)

Formal requirements and guidelines for written assignments

You can find the the formal requirements (number of characters etc.) for your thesis in the Master's Thesis course description.

The guidelines for written assignments include: referencing tools, how to refer to your sources and make a reference list, and how to avoid plagiarism.  

Processing personal data

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).

Register the companies/organisations you collaborate with

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.  

Handing in your thesis

Your Master’s thesis must only 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.

WISEflow
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. 

Confidential theses
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:

  • If you wish to submit your paper in June or July, you must send an email to kandidat.bss@au.dk.

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.

Oral defense
The department will send you information regarding the oral defence of the thesis either via mail or BlackBoard. 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 do not submit the thesis within the deadline

If the thesis is not handed in before the deadline, you have used one examination attempt. You will automatically be registered for your second examination attempt.

You must not use the registration web form for your 2nd and 3rd examination attempt. You must contact your supervisor within the first 14 days after the submission deadline and, in collaboration with your supervisor, prepare and agree on a modified problem statement.

It is your responsibility to contact your supervisor to initiate this process.

You have a new deadline of three months to submit the thesis, starting from the initial deadline.

As an appendix to the thesis, you must attach a brief account explaining how the modified problem statement differs from the original problem statement used for the first examination attempt. This brief account of the changes must be approved and signed by the supervisor. If the brief account is not included, the thesis will be rejected and you will have used an examination attempt.

If you do not submit the thesis before the new deadline, you have used the second out of the three attempts to pass the thesis. The same procedure will follow. Your 3rd exam attempt begins automatically and you will again have to prepare a modified problem statement which must be approved by the supervisor. You have one final deadline of 3 months to submit the thesis, starting from the second deadline.

As an appendix to the thesis, you must attach a brief account explaining how the modified problem statement differs from the problem statement used for the second examination attempt. This brief account of the changes must be approved and signed by the supervisor. If the brief account is not included, the thesis will be rejected and you will have used an examination attempt.

If you fail your thesis

If you fail the thesis, one examination attempt has been used and your next exam attempt begins automatically.

You must contact your supervisor within the first 14 days after the assessment date and, in collaboration with your supervisor, prepare and agree on a modified problem statement. You will then have to prepare a modified problem statement which must be approved by the supervisor. 

It is your responsibility to contact your supervisor to initiate this process.

You must not use the registration web form for your 2nd and 3rd examination attempt, but please instead contact your supervisor directly. You have a new deadline of 3 months to submit the thesis, starting from the assessment date for the first attempt. The same procedure will follow if you fail the second attempt.

As an appendix to the thesis, you must attach a brief account explaining how the modified problem statement differs from the problem statement used for the previous examination attempt. This brief account of the changes must be approved and signed by the supervisor. If the brief account is not included, the thesis will be rejected and you will have used an examination attempt.