When do I write my thesis?
You write your thesis in a thesis class in the 3rd year of your study programme. If you started before 2021, you choose to write a thesis for either 7.5 EC or 15 EC.
If you started before 2021, you can choose to write a thesis for either 7.5 EC or 15 EC.
The teacher of the thesis class supervises the writing process and is the first assessor of the final paper. There is also a second assessor.
In May you will receive a digital form (Formdesk) in your mail in which you will be asked to provide the information below:
- How much EC do you write your thesis for? (7.5 EC or 15 EC)
- If you write a 7.5 EC thesis: in which block do you start? (Block 2 or 4)
Attention: You must register for the BA final project yourself in Osiris. If you start in block 2 (7.5 or 15 EC), you do so during the registration period for semester I. If you start in block 4 (only 7.5 EC), you do so during the registration for semester II.
Note that so-called priority rules apply: this means that you can only enroll for the first two weeks of the enrollment period. Please refer to the course description for more information.
The subject of your thesis may be the result of the Specialisation that you followed in your second year. The programme provides a wide range of teachers with different areas of expertise, so that there is always a subject that fits your interests. The final moment at which you have to make your choice is prior to the block in which you write the Final Thesis. You will then receive information about the available lecturers and subjects via e-mail and you will be asked to make your choice via a digital form (Formdesk).
Handing in your thesis
Once you have completed your thesis, you must submit it in Osiris (and not via an email to your supervisor). Osiris also provides you with evaluation progress as well as your final grade.
If your supervisor has indicated that your final paper is ready for assessment, proceed as follows:
- You upload your thesis in Orisis via Cases > My Cases
- You upload your thesis in Blackboard (to check for plagiarism).
Did you get a pass?
If you have received a satisfactory grade, you will need to upload the final version to Utrecht University's thesis archive. This is mandatory.
- Go to Osiris Student > Cases
- Choose Archive & publish thesis - Follow-up Case
- Archive your thesis
Bachelor theses are not published by default.
The Department of History and Art History annually awards a prize of € 500 for the best thesis using digital methods or techniques. With this award we aim to stimulate digital historical research among students.
When is a thesis eligible?
Your thesis qualifies if you have successfully applied digital methods or techniques in it:
- The answer to the research question relies predominantly on digital methods or techniques.
- All digital methods are allowed: from digital text analysis to GIS and from network analysis to 3D modeling.
- The method is based on existing software or on (your own) programming code (in R or Python, for example).
- Your thesis is written in the academic year 2021/22.
To submit a thesis
Please send an email to Pim Huijnen before 15 September 2022, including the following information:
- Subject: Thesis prize Digital History
- Attachment: he thesis itself (as .doc or .pdf)
You can both be nominated by thesis supervisor or you can compete on your own initiative.
- Joris van Eijnatten (Professor of Digital History, head of the NL eScience Center Amsterdam)
- Pim Huijnen (Assistant professor of Cultural History, Coordinator of the GKG Digital History Group)
- Ortal-Paz Saar (Assistant professor for Ancient History and Classical Civilization
- Selin Dilli (Assistant professor for Economic and Social History
Best bachelor thesis 2020-2021: Suzanne Ros
Send an email to Pim Huijnen: email@example.com
Forms and procedures Bachelor's thesis
Your Bachelor'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 Bachelor's theses are assessed by two lecturers. If your supervisor is one of the lecturers teaching in the Bachelor's programme, then this person will also be the first assessor (or the 'examiner'). Theses are assessed using an assessment form. If there is a large difference of opinion between the first and second assessors, or if they arrive at a grade 6,5 or lower, a third assessor may be engaged. The third assessor will always work with a separate assessment form.
We take all forms of academic deception very seriously and expect all students to observe the ethical standards of proper academic conduct. When you start writing your thesis, you must submit the Plagiarism awareness declaration form as an acknowledgement that you have read the University's regulations regarding fraud and plagiarism. Lecturers or supervisors will report any suspected cases of fraud or plagiarism to the Board of Examiners.
In case you are doing research that involves interviewing people, submitting questionnaires or involving people in any other way, you are probably doing human-subject related research. If so, please review the checklist and discuss it with your supervisor. The checklist contains information on privacy, ethics and data management.
Once your thesis has been completed and approved, you will need to upload the final version in our thesis archive via Osiris > Cases. Choose Archive & publish thesis - Follow-up Case and Archive your thesis.