When do I write my thesis?

You write your thesis in a thesis class in the 3rd year of your study programme. 

Are you writing a thesis of 7.5 EC? Then you can do this in block 2 or 4. Are you writing a thesis of 15 EC? Then you can only start in block 2 and finish in block 3. 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 are not yet registered for the BA final project! You do this 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. So-called priority rules apply to enrolling for the BA final paper: 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). 

Digital Thesis Archive

Once it has been assessed and graded, you must upload your undergraduate thesis to Utrecht University Library’s digital thesis archive: Scripties Online. If you do not meet this condition, you will not be able to graduate. The thesis archive is also the place where you may view other students’ theses.

Instructions

  1. Go to Scripties Online
  2. Log in with your Solis ID (student number) and password. You will then be directed to the page where you fill in you data.
  3. Fill in your student number. Your name and study programme will automatically be filled in.
  4. Fill in the rest of the form. This should be no problem. If you have any problems, you can consult the instruction manual via the 'help' button at the bottom of the page. Also read the tips below on what you should consider when uploading.
  5. Once you have uploaded your thesis, an email verifying this will automatically be send to the Student Desk Humanities.

What should you consider when uploading?

  • Your thesis must be approved by your supervisor before you can upload it to the archive.
  • Remember to list the title of your thesis in the language in which it was written. Write the abstract in the same language.
  • Your thesis will appear in the archive as soon as your exam date has been registered. If you have written a thesis together with another student, then it will be posted on the date on which the first of you has graduated.
  • The theses are available to the public unless you choose to prohibit publication. You may choose to block access to your thesis permanently or until a certain date, for example because you wish to continue your research on the subject. The thesis itself will not be displayed, but the bibliographic information will be visible to the public. You may also choose to block access to your thesis at a later date by sending an email to the Student Desk Humanities with your name, student number and the title of your thesis. If you are the co-author of the thesis, you must coordinate this with the other author or authors.
  • Exercise caution when including personal data -such as telephone numbers- in your thesis.
  • Theses should preferably be submitted in PDF format. Only those theses submitted in PDF format will remain permanently accessible and legible. You may also submit the thesis in MS Word format, but the archive cannot guarantee that it will be supported in the long term. If you would prefer to submit the thesis in a format other than PDF or MS Word, then you must inform Scripties Online in advance: support-igitur@uu.nl
  • Send an email to studentdesk.hum@uu.nl if you wish to upload a second thesis.

Forms and regulations for the Bachelor's Thesis

Theses are assessed according to fixed procedures. Prepare for these by carefully reading the documents below before starting to write:

Assessment

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 final result of 6.5 or lower, a third assessor will be engaged, who will always work with a separate assessment form.

Fraud and plagiarism

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 using the Plagiarism reporting form. 

Thesis information