Your Bachelor’s thesis is a “proof of competence.” It is where you showcase your skills in your chosen area of Linguistics. The Bachelor’s thesis allows you to share the competences and knowledge that you have acquired over the three years of your degree programme.

Thesis subject

Your thesis is usually linked to a level 3 course and the paper's contents are relevant to one of the Linguistics specialisation clusters. The Capstone Course is a mandatory preparation for the thesis: you identify your subject, find a supervisor, and write a research proposal.

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A final paper is an individual study performance. When writing, you will also be individually supervised by a lecturer from the programme. You can choose your own supervisor from the list in the Blackboard Community. It is best to choose someone who has an affinity with the intended subject of your thesis. If you are taking two bachelor's programmes, you must write a separate thesis for both programmes. A combination is not possible.

Thesis coordinator

If you don't know who to ask as a supervisor, you can ask for advice from the final thesis coordinator: Joost Zwarts. He plays an advisory and supervisory role. He can help you find a suitable subject and a suitable supervisor, and is also available for help and advice on substantive and process issues.

Thesis Archive

You can use Utrecht University's thesis archive as a reference point to see what your fellow students have submitted. 

Finished? Upload your thesis to the Digital thesis Archive

Once you have finished writing your thesis, you will need to upload the final version to thesis archive (in Osiris). The Exam Secretariat will notify you about this by mail. Your thesis will be kept for 7 years.

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 upload your thesis in Orisis via Cases > My Cases
  • You upload your thesis in Blackboard (to check for plagiarism)
  • In order to be able to graduate, you must submit your thesis to the UU's digital thesis archive. Within a week after you have been informed about your graduation, you will receive an email with instructions on how to upload your thesis to our thesis archive in Osiris.

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, a third assessor may be engaged, who 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 using the Plagiarism reporting form.