Formal requirements

The following formal rules apply in connection with the master's thesis:

The scope of the master's thesis

  • For students starting the master's thesis in the autumn semester 2019 or later the scope of the thesis is 140,000-224,000 characters (incl. blanks), however not exceeding 224,000 characters.
  • The scope includes appendices and notes but does not include table of contents, bibliography or the abstract.
  • The number of characters must be stated on the front page.

  • Students who registered for the master's thesis in the spring 2010 or earlier must still comply with the old rules for the scope - number of words (20,000-32,000 words - not exceeding 32,000 words). The scope includes table of contents, bibliography, abstract, appendices and notes. The word count must be stated on the front page.

Writing master's thesis in a group

It is possible to write your master's thesis in a group with fellow students. In this case the scope of the thesis will be increased by 50 %. Furthermore you must make sure that you hand in your thesis in a form that enables individual assessment. In other words, you must state who has written each individual section in the thesis. The group is able to write the introduction and the conclusion together.

  • The scope of the thesis in increased by 50 % by each student. For two students this corresponds to 210,000-336,000 characters (incl. blanks), however not exceeding 336,000 characters.
  • The scope includes appendices and notes but does not include table of contents, bibliography or the abstract.
  • The number of characters must be stated on the front page.

Abstract

The master's thesis must be supplemented by an abstract.

  • The scope of the abstract is max. one page, and the title of the thesis must be clearly stated in the abstract.
  • The abstract must be included in the thesis after the table of contents and before the main text.
  • For a masters's thesis written in English, the abstract can be in either English or Danish.
    For a master's thesis written in Danish, the abstract must always be in English.
  • Students who wish to write their master's thesis in another language than Danish, English, Swedish or Norwegian must apply for an exemption with the Board of Studies.

Other requirements

  • There are no formal requirements regarding spacing, margins, font, header or footer. However the layout of the thesis must be legible.
  • Headers and footers are not counted in the total number of characters.
  • Tables and figures are counted in the total number of characters. It is the student's own responsibility to count all characters (incl. blanks) in both tables and figures even when these are inserted as images in the text (and thus are not automatically counted by Word).  
  • The front page must include your name, student id, name of advisor and the thesis title. The total number of characters (incl. blanks) must also be stated.
  • A master's thesis that exceed the prescribed scope or which does not allow for individual assessment will be rejected.