Master's project at Geoscience

Access to study room

When you start preparing your Master’s project, you can have access to the study room 1675-117, a room used as a quiet room especially for students writing their thesis (no group work).

You can order a key to the room online at: https://auwebshop.au.dk/da/nogledepositum-geoscience for the amount of DKK 200.

Show your payment receipt to the secretariat, and you will get a key.

Inspiration for a Time Table to a Master's project

Before starting the thesis

1-2 months before (May-June if 60 ECTS):
- Make all necessary agreements
- Make a time table for possible field word/data acquisition – including a plan B in case something fails.
- Consider advantages of project cooperation – i.e. two or more students work with related topics.
- Start writing the thesis contract
- Find some relevant overview papers.
- Brush-up your knowledge of literature search/research databases.
- Match your expectations with supervisor.
- Brush up Rules of plagiarism.

2 weeks before (medio June if project starts 1 September)
- Complete the contract and send it to ST study administration.
- Your supervisor looks for an external examiner and makes arrangements for digital exam submission through the study administration.  

Working on the thesis document

First two weeks (1 – 15 September if 60 ECTS):
Planning thesis structure and text:

- Make a draft structure (Introduction/Background/Hypothesis/Data Basis, Methos, Results, Discussion, Conclusion and Perspectives, and have your supervisor adjust it to comply with professional custom and the character of the project.
- Make first draft of the thesis as bullet points of paragraphs/sections of the first few chapters.
- Define estimated number of pages and figures. Recommended: 80 standard pages (2400 characters including spaces) including Summary, Contents and Bibliography.
- Get feedback from supervisor. 
From Data Acquisition to results and design of figures.
- Keep dairy/protocol of field and lab. work, numerical computing and literature.
- Read relevant literature as agreed with supervisor.
- Make careful backup of everything! 
- Prepare questions for meetings with supervisor.
- Start writing first parts of the text. 
- Get feedback from supervisor.

1 April if 60 ECTS, 1 May if 30 ECTS (8 / 4 weeks before submission):
Status before writing:

- Draft for all central figures/figure texts?
- Main paragraphs, extent of all paragraphs, and most subsections?
- Draft (perhaps still inadequate) for Discussion and Conclusion, maybe as bullet points?
- Information on required line spacing and margins?
- Supervisor makes agreement with external examiner.

Final stage

2 April – 15 May (1 – 20 May if 30 ECTS):
Writing

- Essential parts of the report should be well advanced.
- Full attention on the rhetorical/linguistic and graphical presentation of the project, including spelling, punctuation and grammatics.

16 May (21 May if 30 ECTS):
- Third part (fellow student?) might check readability of your almost finished report.

16– 28 May:
- Discussion and Conclusion to be completed. Final adjustment of entire text, figures and final layout.
- Check out practical matters, e..g. rules for submission, printing possibilities.

29 May:
- Deadline for submission – for most students 31 May – is near.  
- Submission rather two days before deadline than one day late!
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Be aware that late submision means a not-passed exam attempt.

1 June – x. June:
- Prepare the defense/final examination while the report is evaluated.

 

Submission of thesis

Supervisor:
You must agree with your supervisor how many paper versions he/she wants

The secretariat
Preferably only a pdf-version of your thesis.
Send the file to sekretariat@geo.au.dk or make a copy on an usb plug.

Some good advice

1. - xx. June
During the month of June, your report is assessed. The final examination takes place at the end of the month.

Preparations for exam:
- Skim your literature once again
- Prepare your lecture
- Practicalities: Check if projector and PC work.

On the day of exam:
- Be fresh and well rested.
- Be sure to have a backup of your presentation on a USB plug.