Bachelor's thesis

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 specialisations. The Capstone Course Linguistics 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. The topic of your thesis aligns with the interests and expertise of that supervisor. 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.

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 Osiris Student > Cases > My cases > Start a new case by using the plus icon in the bottom right corner. A new window will open. Make sure your pop-up blocker is turned off for the new window to open. Choose Thesis and graduation > HUM: Thesis evaluation
  • 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.

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.

Thesis Archive

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.