You will write your Master's thesis (15 EC) in block 3. In this project you demonstrate that you are capable of independently applying the knowledge and skills you acquired in the programme, as well as presenting your findings in a societal context in a manner that demonstrates a professional approach. If you do an internship (5-15 EC) it is recommended to combine this with your Master's thesis.

In the language specific course of block 2 you will write the outline for the thesis you will be writing in block 3. Be sure to consult with the programme coördinator or tutor in an early stage, as by the end of block 2 the 

  • subject
  • thesis statement
  • theoretical framework
  • approach
  • first and second reader/supervisor

You will finish your thesis in block 3, and hand it in on the date you agreed upon with your first supervisor. Only in exceptional cases and with explicit permission of said supervisor will you be able to deviate from this planning.


The thesis outline will be assessed by the instructor of the language specific course in block 3. Your first and second supervisor or reader are assigned based on your thesis outline. They will also evaluate your plan before you start your research in block 3. As theses produced in this programme are often of an interdisciplinary nature, it is possible to consult the second reader in this stage as well.

Thesis group

You will write your thesis in a thesis group; a small group of 3 or 4 students who meet weekly or bi-weekly with their supervisor. You write your own thesis individually, but peer review plays an important role in this process. In these meetings you will share and discuss your drafts with each other, and although the various subjects may not overlap too closely, you will be able to learn about these other issues as well as use the knowledge gained in the first two blocks to provide your fellow students with advice.

Supervision from abroad

If one of your supervisors is based outside of The Netherlands, make sure their part in the supervision process is clearly agreed upon by all parties, your first supervisor included. In order to work with an international supervisor, you will be required to request approval of the Board of Examiners in advance.

Your Master's thesis contains about 10,000 words, excluding any appendices containing required texts documenting your research. You will determine the final structure of your thesis with your first supervisor.

Students of the multilingual track write their thesis in Dutch, whereas students of the language specific tracks write in the language of the track they selected. In the language specific trackt, at least one of the thesis supervisors will have to be a qualified member of staff of the department in charge of instruction in the relevant language. 

Osiris Cases

Handing in your thesis

Once you have completed your thesis, you must submit it in Osiris (and not via an e-mail 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 can upload your thesis in Orisis via Cases > My Cases
  • As soon as you have obtained a pass for your thesis, you must submit it to the UU's digital thesis archive. This is mandatory::
    • Go to Utrecht University Library's digital thesis archive
    • Log in with your Solis ID (student number) and password. 
    • Enter your student number. Your name and programme will be automatically updated.
    • Fill in the rest of the form. A confirmation email will automatically be sent to the Humanities Student Information Desk once your thesis has been uploaded. 
  • 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 Information 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:
  • Send an email to if you wish to upload a second thesis.

Osiris Case

All final theses, with their final assessment, will be archived in Osiris. If you have any questions or remarks, please feel free to contact the Student Information Desk Humanities.

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.

Therefore, when you start writing your thesis you will have to hand in the Plagiarism rules awareness statement (pdf). With this, you declare to know about and abide by the norms and rules on fraud and plagiarism of Utrecht University. When your professor or supervisor suspects fraud or plagiarism, they will notify the board of examiners by filling in this form (Dutch, pdf).