Master's Thesis


The Master's thesis completes the education.
The rules and regulations for the Master's thesis are stipulated in the course description


Spring 2016 - course description

Autumn 2016 - course description

Spring 2017 - course description


Schedule for the Master's thesis

30 ECTS equivalent to 6 months fulltime work are set aside for working on the Master's thesis including time for grading and defence. The process runs in the autumn from September to 2 January with defence in January and in the spring from February to June with defence in June. Enrolment for the course and allocation of supervisor takes place in the semester before the thesis work takes place. Notice that to participate in the exam (hand in and defence) the supervisor agreement must be approved before the deadline which is before the semester starts (see below). The Master's thesis can be done individually or in a group of two persons.

The student may not receive any payment for the work in connection with their Master's thesis as a) the activity is an ECTS-bearing activity, and b) the student may receive SU during the study. Reimbursement for some expenses or a monthly payment for confirmed expenses can however be granted during the study. If payment/reimbursement is received, it is the student's responsibility to ensure, whether it is taxable or not.

  1. Register your idea for a topic - use this form
  2. Register for the "course" Master's thesis
  3. Assignment of supervisor
  4. Get approval of problem statement and plan for supervision (the supervisor agreement) - use the same form as for number 2.
  5. Work on your thesis according to the plan
  6. Hand in on time
  7. Oral defence

1. Register your wish for topic/supervisor - fill in the electronic form before 1 November/1 May 

In the form, you must indicate the idea/subject area, you would like to work with and if relevant, who you would prefer as supervisor. In case you are a group of two persons, you must fill in the form together. The subject must be relevant for your profile. 

The form is automatically sent to the profile responsible who will assign supervisors. The best possible match can only be made if you - via the form - hand in a preliminary proposal that describes the type of problem that you would like to work with and gives some suggestion of your methodology (if you will use empirical data, and how you will collect it).

2. Enrol in the "course" Master's thesis - Period in November (for spring sem.)/10 - ? May (for autumn sem.)

You are allowed to enrol for the Master's thesis once you have been registered  for 80 ECTS and have passed 60 ECTS at the time of registration. If you wish to complete your Master's before you have been registered for 80 ECTS courses: You need to apply the academic study board.

When you have completed three semesters of your master programme, you must enrol for the Master's thesis. "Completed" means in this context that you have that you have been registered for 90 ECTS courses and have passed 60 ECTS courses.

Notice that if you do not have an option to enrol for the Master's Thesis in the self-service system, this may be because you are on a profile which is no longer offered to new students. In this case, contact for further information.

3. Assignment of supervisor 

Supervisors will be assigned 1 December/1 June at the latest. You will get a notification once the profile responsible has assigned a supervisor to you.

4. Get approval of the supervisor agreement - same form as for registering for a topic - deadline 15 January/15 August

To get an approval, you need to develop your idea/subject further into a problem statement and you also have to make a plan for the supervision. 

The problem statement must be sufficiently elaborated for an evaluation of whether the problem statement can allow you to demonstrate ability to produce knowledge at a high level. The problem must be relevant for the profile focus and it must require that you build on or extend the knowledge that you have acquired during your master studies. This means that it must be a complex problem and/or a problem requiring use of relevant literature and/or empirical methods at a high level. Further, the problem should justify the number of working hours that should be used for working on the Master's Thesis.

The plan for supervision must show important milestones in your project and the supervision that you need in connection to these milestones.

Read about requirements for problem statement and plan for supervision here. For this step, you can have one meeting with the supervisor and/or a few e-mail correspondences.

When you are ready to get the approval, you must again go to the digital supervisor agreement, fill in, and submit (see under 2.). The form is then automatically sent to your supervisor and the profile responsible who must approve before the form automatically goes on to the student information point and the examination office.

5. Work on your thesis according to the plan

Read about what can you expect from your supervisor and how you can get the most out of supervision via the link to the general guidance on the issue via the link to the right (Good Advice) or in the folder from the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences which you find via the link to the right (Use Your Master’s Thesis Supervisor). Find information about library resources via the menu to the left (under the same item as ideas for a topic).

Read about demands for the contents of your thesis in the course description under the heading Goals description.

Please also consult Formalities for written assignments and cover sheet.

6. Hand in - deadline 1 June (spring) or 4 January (autumn) - or the first weekday thereafter.

You can read more about the guidelines for submission of your thesis here.

7. Oral defence

Will take place in the same month as the thesis is handed in. The oral defence must take place at SDU.

If you miss the deadline and need extra examination attempts

Read about this in the course description.

Possibilities for exemption

Extension of the deadline can only be granted in the case of extraordinary reasons that differ from normal conditions. This could be illness (documented by a doctor's note) or illness among your nearest relations. Extension requires an application to the study board. 


You are always welcome to contact the academic student advisors or the Student Information Point, if you have any questions about the Master's thesis.