The Bachelor's thesis is a "proof of competence". It is where you showcase your skills in the area of Media and Culture. The Bachelor's thesis allows you to share the competences and knowledge that you have acquired over the three years of the degree programme.
The Bachelor's thesis is offered twice a year. Please register during the course registration period. Only register for the block you will actually follow the course. If you do not attend the course, you run the risk of having to take this course in the next academic year.
After the course registration period you receive more information about the course and the workgroups via e-mail.
Make sure you fulfil the entrance requirements by the start of the course:
- you have finished the Preparation for your Bachelor's thesis course (MC3V20001.
If you are taking the minor Gender Studies and/or the minor Postcolonial Studies and would like to receive further training in these fields, you can take the Gender and postcolonial studies research seminar and thesis courses: Research seminar Gender & PS (VR3V16001) and Thesis: Gender & Postcolonial (VR3V16002) instead of Research Seminar Media and Culture (MC3V20001) and Bachelor Thesis Media and Culture (ME3V20001).
Please put in a request with the Board of Examiners to approve these courses, so that they can count toward your degree.
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 final result of 6 or lower, a third assessor will be engaged, who will always work with a separate assessment form.
Utrecht University takes all forms of academic deception very seriously. Utrecht University expects all students to observe the ethical standards of proper academic conduct. When they start writing their thesis, students must therefore submit the Plagiarism awareness declaration form as an acknowledgement that they 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.
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.
- Go to Scripties Online
- Log in with your Solis ID (student number) and password. You will then be directed to the page where you fill in you data.
- Fill in your student number. Your name and study programme will automatically be filled in.
- 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.
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Send an email to email@example.com if you wish to upload a second thesis.