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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.

Deadline for final version extended. But don't wait until the last moment
The deadline to submit your final version of the thesis has been extended by 5 days. The new deadline is Wednesday 21 April 2021 at 13:00 hrs, instead of Friday 16 April 2021. The Faculty Council noted that there are several deadlines in a short timespan, we hope this extra time helps in meeting these deadlines.  

We advise you to upload your final version well before the deadline. So that, should any technical hiccups occur, you still have time left to report the problem, before the deadline, to fpn-bachelorthesis@maastrichtuniversity.nl and try again.  Include a screenshot of the technical issue in your e-mail. Final versions, without a proof of technical issues trying to upload your thesis before the deadline, will not be accepted.  
Some students have an individual deadline arrangement, the Board of Examiners or the Academic Advisers approved their extension request. This deadline remains unchanged: Sunday 16 May 2021 at 13:00 hrs.


Important deadlines

Dates & deadlines Thesis Bachelor 2020-2021 - CET
5 October 2020 13:00hrsAnnounced post facto: Bachelor Thesis Matching System available.
15 November 2020 23:59 hrs

Deadline to have arranged your supervisor. (Meaning that your supervisor has accepted your request for supervision.) Check also Supervision and Assessment
Find and choose your superviser via the Bachelor Thesis Matching System >> 
(Available on 2-10-2020)

2 - 5 February 2021 13:00hrsDeadline to submit the first version of your thesis. Submission is possible between 2 and 5 February 2021. 
Submit your first version via DorsWebApp >>
9 March 2021Supervisor provides feedback

15 March 2021 -
16 21 April 2021 13:00hrs.

Submit final version of the thesis between 15 March 2021 and 16 21 April 2021.
Submit your final version via DorsWebApp >>

20 26 May 2021 (or earlier)Supervisor hands in grade
28 May 8 June 2021 (or earlier)

22 June 2021 (or earlier) 

Publication of final grade

Publication of final grade for students with extended deadline

16 July 2021 13:00hrs.Submit resit version if one or both grades are below 6
Submit via DorsWebApp>>

13 August 2021
(or earlier)

Supervisor hands in the grade of the resit
20 August 2021
(or earlier)
Publication of resit grade.
31 August 2021

To graduate in 2020-2021, you need to have passed all elements of the bachelor programme on this date. This includes the thesis, which you should have submitted on 16 21 April 2021, 13:00hrs.

December 2021Extra submission option for students with study delay.
More information >>



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. Under certain conditions, students who failed the bachelor thesis in a previous year or postpone the bachelor thesis, can make use of the extra thesis submission option. If you do not match the conditions for the extra thesis submission option, the official deadlines of the current academic year apply to you, with the final version to be submitted in April. Also check the FAQ page for extra information for students who failed the bachelor thesis in a previsour year. 

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.

● Read also Supervision and Assessment for more information about finding a supervisor. 

● Alsways (except for MaRBLe) 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.



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 >>


●Submission of your first version is only possible between 2 and 5 February 2021 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).

● Use the correct filename, in line with the file naming convention.

No later than 9 March 2021, 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.


Submission of your final version is  possible between 15 March 2021 and 16 21 April 2021 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 correct filename, in line with the file naming convention.


No later than 28 May 8 June 2021 the Education Office publishes the average grade of your supervisor and a second (anonymous) assessor, including concise feedback. See also: Assesment >>


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 16 July 2021 13.00hrs.

Related links

Handbook Writing Skills v001 of 31 Aug. 2019

Last modified: Mon, 29/03/2021 - 08:58

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