|Master Major (90 ECTS)||
|Module Group||Master Thesis||
|two-semester module, offered each semester|
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Some information is available on the website of the Faculty of Arts. Below, you find the most important guidelines for Master Theses at the English Department. However, we strongly encourage you to read the Faculty guidelines as well.
You may also wish to consult the section on extending deadlines (only possible in cases of force majeure).
Make sure to contact a potential supervisor prior to booking the Master Thesis online - ideally at the end of the preceding semester, but no later than:
Usually, the Master Thesis is between c. 20,000 and 30,000 words (not counting the bibliography). Note, however, that supervisors may accept theses that are shorter or longer. In other words, if in doubt, discuss the question of length with your supervisor.
Please also consult the following documents:
You are expected to conduct most of your research for the Master Thesis independently. However, supervisors will of course be happy to provide a certain level of guidance.
Usually, supervisors at the UZH English Department will try to respond to your queries within 48 hours (working days, i.e. not counting weekends).
Should you not not hear back from your supervisor within three to four working days, then please send them a short reminder.
If you still do not hear back from your supervisor after your second message (within three to four working days), you should contact the advisor of studies at email@example.com .
The Master Thesis is, usually, a two-semester module. Accordingly, the following examples cover the two most common cases.
If you would like to submit your Master Thesis at the end of the first semester, then the corresponding deadlines would apply (i.e. June 1 for the spring and December 1 for the fall semester).
|Prerequisites||Students should have successfully written a Master seminar paper in the field (i.e. literature or linguistics) in which they are planning to conduct the Master Thesis project.|
|Content||Students are to agree on their topic with their supervisor in a timely manner. Further details pertaining to requirements specific to the respective field in which the student has chosen to write the thesis should be discussed with them. Students are able to: (a) devise, plan, and conduct an independent research project using appropriate theoretical and methodological approaches; (b) solicit appropriate feedback; (c) present their own research in C2-level academic prose, which applies the conventions of academic writing in English.|
|Learning outcomes||The Master thesis shows evidence of the ability to work independently on an academic project of a suitable level within the stipulated time limit, and to present this appropriately.|