You complete the Master's programme by writing a Master's thesis (20 EC). By the time you start working on your Master’s thesis, student peer review groups are installed. Participation in peer review groups will improve your analytical skills that are essential for writing a good thesis.

If you do an internship (10 EC) it is recommended to combine this with the Master's thesis. More information about the Master's thesis and Internship can be found in the program book of Applied Ethics. 

Digital thesis archive

Students are required to upload their master’s thesis to Utrecht University Library's online thesis archive, Here you can also view the theses of other students.

Forms and procedures master's thesis

Your Master's thesis will be assessed following specific evaluation procedures. You can prepare for this by reading the following documents and explanations prior to starting your thesis.

All theses will be evaluated by two separate evaluators. If your supervisor is a professor connected to your Master's programme, he/she will also be the first evaluator. 

Your Master's thesis will be evaluated using a standardised assessment form (pdf). In some cases a third evaluator will be asked to assess your paper. This third evaluator will use another form (pdf) to evaluate your thesis.

Utrecht University considers any form of academic dishonesty to be a serious offense. Utrecht University expects each student to be familiar with and to observe the norms and values that ensure academic integrity. When your professor or supervisor suspects fraud or plagiarism, they will notify the board of examiners by filling in this form (Dutch, pdf).