Master Thesis

Important: For information on the old version of the Master Thesis (booked before August 1, 2019), see the corresponding section of the old program guidelines.

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.

Guidelines for the Master Thesis

  • The Master Thesis is usually supervised by a professor.
  • Other members of staff holding a PhD degree are also allowed to supervise Master Theses. Note, however, that they are not obliged to do so.
  • The Master Thesis must be booked online, during the module booking period.
  • 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:
    • August 5 for the fall semester;
    • January 5 for the spring semester.
  • The latest possible submission dates for the Master Thesis are:
    • December 1 (for the fall semester);
    • June 1 (for the spring semester).
  • Note that your supervisor may ask you to submit the Master Thesis earlier than this (e.g. mid-November for the fall semester).

Organizing the Master Thesis: Two Examples

The Master Thesis is, usually, a two-semester module. Accordingly, the following examples cover the two most common cases.

  • If you plan to submit the Master Thesis in the fall semester, you would:
    1. ideally contact your supervisor at the end of the fall semester in the previous year, but no later than January 5, to find out whether they are willing to supervise your topic;
    2. book the Master Thesis during the module booking period of the spring semester (end of January/early February);
    3. submit the Master Thesis no later than on December 1 (or earlier, if your supervisor has given you an earlier submission date).
  • If you plan to submit the Master Thesis in the spring semester, you would:
    1. ideally contact your supervisor at the end of the spring semester in the previous year, but no later than August 5, to find out whether they are willing to supervise your topic;
    2. book the Master Thesis during the module booking period of the fall semester (end of August/early September);
    3. submit the Master Thesis no later than on June 1 (or earlier, if your supervisor has given you an earlier submission date).

Module Description

Language of instruction

English

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.

Course(s)

Master Thesis