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Timeline and deadlines

A thesis is either based on the literature review/study or reports the empirical study that you carried out. The entire process of writing a bachelor thesis, from topic selection to receiving a final grade, covers a major part of the third academic year.

 

Important deadlines

Dates & deadlines Thesis Bachelor 2019-2020
15 November 2019 23:59 hrs

Deadline to have arranged your supervisor. (Meaning that your supervisor has accepted your request for supervision.)
Find and choose your superviser via the Bachelor Thesis Matching System >>

4 - 7 February 2020 13:00hrsDeadline to submit the first version of your thesis. Submission is possible between 4 and 7 February 2020. 
Submit your first version via DorsWebApp >>
 
10 March 2020Supervisor provides feedback
  

16 March 2020 -
17 April 2020 13:00hrs.

Submit final version of the thesis between 16 March 2020 and 17 April 2020. Submit your final version via DorsWebApp >>

 
20 May 2020 (or earlier)Supervisor hands in grade
 
26 May 2020 (or earlier)

Publication of final grade

15 July 2020 13:00hrs.Submit resit version if one or both grades are below 6
Submit via DorsWebApp>>
 

12 August 2020
(or earlier)

Supervisor hands in the grade of the resit
14 August 2020
(or earlier)
Publication of resit grade.
31 August 2020

To graduate in 2019-2020, you need to have passed all elements of the bachelor programme on this date. This includes the thesis, which you should have submitted on 17 April 2020, 13:00hrs.

December 2020Extra submission option for students with study delay.
More information >>
 

 

Timeline

Below are important subsequent phases, helping you to meet the deadlines mentioned above. Students who feel uncomfortable with deadlines are advised to be earlier than a deadline specifies, as such a date/time is the final possibility to submit but does not preclude from submitting earlier. The official deadline for publication of grades also applies to students who submit earlier. MarRBLe students may want to consult the coordinator MarRBLe on certain deadlines.
 

September to November

● Consult the handbook writing skills which provides a no-nonsense guide to clear scientific writing. Keep the handbook handy throughout the process of thesis planning and writing.

● Think and (re-)read about the topic of your interest. Become an expert so that you have enough knowledge to formulate a fitting research question, and you know which topics are needed to answer this question.

● Use the Bachelor Thesis Matching System to contact and agree with a supervisor.
 

November and December

Students often underestimate the required work in this period.

● Create a thorough overview of your main topic and refine the scientific problem and research question. You should become an expert on that topic so as to write clearly about it. This is the time to create detail in your personal summaries and/or mind maps. Realize that this knowledge must still be restructured to formulate a problem and to introduce a specific research question, and to create a clear and enticing storyline. Assessors do not like it when a bachelor thesis has no storyline and does not specify a research question. Mind that the quality of both thesis versions will determine your final grade. See also: handbook writing skills.

● Start writing parts of the first version. The earlier you start the actual writing of your thesis the better, as you need time to revise a number of times until your first version has sufficient quality. Having it read by a fellow student also helps. Be critical of your own work and do not hesitate to kill your darlings [William Faulkner]: These are parts of your text that you are very fond of, but that you sadly have to delete as they actually make your thesis less convincing and less readable.

 

January

Finalize the first version of your thesis. Be thorough about it as your final grade will reflect the quality of the two versions of your thesis. The criteria for a written thesis are found in handbook writing skills. These criteria pertain to writing style and thesis structure, and to the content of both versions. See also: Assesment >>
 

February

●Submission of your first version is only possible between 4 and 7 February 2020 13.00hrs.
Missing the deadline for the first version implies you are not allowed to hand in a final version and cannot finish your bachelor thesis in the current academic year.

● For a literature review, your first version must be complete including all required components (and research question) as specified by the handbook writing skills. Incomplete first versions are rejected and such a student must start a new literature review the next academic year.

● For an empirical or marble bachelor thesis, you are required to hand in a complete first version of the Introduction and the Methods section (not the Results and Discussion-section).

No later than 10 March 2020, your supervisor provides feedback on your first version. You have about a month to revise the first version both on the basis of this feedback, and your own progressive insights on topics, writing style and physical form of your thesis.
 

April

Submission of your final version is  possible between 16 March 2020 and 17 April 2020 13.00hrs. Missing the deadline for the final version implies you are not allowed to finish your bachelor thesis in the current academic year. Use the right filename, in line with the file naming convention.
 

May

No later than 26 May 2020, the Education Office publishes the average grade of your supervisor and a second (anonymous) assessor, including concise feedback. See also: Assesment >>


July

If one or both grades of your final version are below 6.0, you must resit the bachelor thesis. Submit the resit version no later than 15 July 2020 13.00hrs.
 

Related links

Handbook Writing Skills v001 of 31 Aug. 2019

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