Bachelor Thesis: Guidelines Literature

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Important Note:

Students who completed a Bachelor Thesis Seminar in the spring semester 2019 are strongly recommended to take the old Bachelor Thesis version (9 ECTS). Only by taking the old Bachelor Thesis version will they be guaranteed a slot with the same instructor. Students 'changing' to the new Bachelor Thesis version (15 ECTS) may be asked to write about a different topic than the one they agreed upon with the instructor of their Bachelor Thesis Seminar.

What Is the Right Semester to Write One's Bachelor Thesis?

The ideal semester for writing the Bachelor Thesis is during one's final semester of studies at Bachelor level (see sample timetables).

In theory, students are free to book the Bachelor Thesis module at any point after completing the module group "Introduction to English Literature and Linguistics." However, it is strongly recommended that students first complete a Bachelor Seminar in Literature before booking the thesis module.

When to Contact Your Prospective Supervisor for the First Time?

Students wishing to write a Bachelor Thesis should, at the very least, have a relatively clear idea about the topic of their Bachelor Thesis before contacting their prospective supervisor. Ideally, they will prepare a draft outline prior to contacting their supervisor for the first time. (See the next point below for the last possible dates for submitting an outline.)

The deadlines for contacting the supervisor for the first time are as follows:

  • for a Bachelor Thesis to be submitted in the fall semester: April 30*
  • for a Bachelor Thesis to be submitted in the spring semester: November 15

* For the first Bologna 2020 semester, i.e. fall 2019, the deadline is June 30.

Last Date for Submitting the Outline for the Bachelor Thesis?

The final version of the Bachelor Thesis outline must be submitted by week three of classes at the very latest, i.e.:

  • c. first week of October in the fall semester;
  • c. first week of March in the spring semester.

How to Book the Bachelor Thesis?

Students will have to book the Bachelor Thesis officially early on in the semester (i.e. in August/September for the fall term, and in January/February for the spring term), using the UZH's official booking tool.

More information will follow in the course of the summer 2019.

What Kind of Support Can One Expect?

Although you are expected to work independently on your thesis, your supervisor is there to help guide you through topic selection, the research phase and writing preparation. You can approach your supervisor for advice on your research, or with any specific problems that may arise. You can also find a ‘Bachelor Thesis Starter Kit’ in the Downloads section of the ES website. This document, entitled "Writing Your Bachelor Literature Thesis," will provide information on what is expected from a successful thesis.

How Long Does the Bachelor Thesis Have to Be?

10'000 words (+/- 10%)

What Is the Deadline for Submitting the Bachelor Thesis?

  • in the fall semester: December 1
  • in the spring semester: May 15

In Which Form Does the Bachelor Thesis Have to Be Submitted?

Unless stated otherwise by your supervisor, the Thesis needs to be submitted as a print copy as well as in electronic form (PDF).