Master's thesis

You must complete your Research Master's programme by writing a Research Master's thesis (30 EC) that is based on original research. A Reseach Master's thesis is a scholarly text in which you are expected to contribute, on the basis of independent research, to a debate within your discipline.

Thesis requirements

The central research question should be clearly formulated at the beginning and its relevance to scholarly discussions within the discipline set out. The body of the text should show how you went about trying to answer this question, why you proceeded the way you did, and what your findings were. In your conclusion you should analyze your findings in the light of your original question and explain the broader implications of your conclusions.


The thesis should be written in correct and clear English. Subject to approval by the programme coordinator students in the Comparative Literary Studies programme may be permitted to write their thesis in French, German, Italian, or Spanish if this is appropriate to their topic and specialisation. The thesis should be around 30,000 words long (including notes and bibliography). You will have to submit your thesis proposal for approval to the supervisor, and second assessor by 1 March. You are also expected to attend regular thesis labs.

More information

You can find more detailed information on deadlines and procedures in Guidelines and procedures Master's thesis (pdf).

Thesis enrolment

It is not possible to enrol for the thesis yourself via Osiris. You should contact the Student Information Desk to be enrolled for the thesis.

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.

Thesis Archive

Once your thesis has been completed and approved, you will need to upload the final version and, if so desired, publish it in the thesis archive via Osiris > Cases. Choose Archive & publish thesis - Follow-up Case and Archive your thesis.