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 on 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:

Submission - spring semester

Timeline

  • Deadline online registration: 1 December
  • Allocation of supervisors: December or January
  • Deadline for submission of problem statement: 
    To be agreed with the supervisor
  • Deadline for submission of master's thesis: 1 June
  • Deadline for submission of master's thesis, 2. attempt: 1 September
  • Deadline for submission of master's thesis, 3. attempt: 1 December

 

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

Submission - autumn semester

    Timeline

    • Deadline online registration: 1 June
    • Allocation of supervisors: Start June
    • Deadline for submission of problem statement: 15 August
    • Deadline for submission of master's thesis: 1 January
    • Deadline for submission of master's thesis, 2. attempt: 1 April
    • Deadline for submission of master's thesis, 3. attempt: 1 July

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

      Exam attempts

      If you do not submit your thesis by the deadline date, you will be automatically registered for your second examination attempt. The revised 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 after the original deadline date (first examination attempt). Once again, you will receive an email; 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 you fail the thesis, one examination attempt has been used. You will then have to prepare a modified problem statement which must be approved by the supervisor. 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 date of assessment for the first attempt. The same procedure will follow if you fail the second attempt.

      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 pass the exam. 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.

      In connection with the second and third examination attempt you must revise the problem statement (cf.  section 22 (8) of the Degree Programme Order). When handing in the thesis, you must also submit a brief statement of no more than one page explaining how the problem statement has been modified.

      Please refer to the above boxes for the submission deadlines for the 1., 2. and 3. exam attempt.