The Master’s programme is concluded by writing a Master's thesis, an academic reflection on and detailed analysis of a research subject of your own choice. For an outline of the specific requirements, see the Master's protocols in our Programme book.

Every Master's thesis is assessed/graded by two reviewers. The thesis supervisor is the first reviewer; a second staff member acts as second reviewer. At least one of the reviewers is affiliated with the Master’s programme for which the student is registered. In most cases this will be the thesis supervisor.

Specifying Thesis Subject and Supervisor/Reviewers

  • Before starting to work on the thesis project you compose a research proposal. If this proposal is approved, a thesis protocol (pdf) is signed by both you and your supervisor. It is recommended that the second reviewer is also appointed at this moment, but it is also possible to do this at a later stage.
  • You hand in the completed and signed form to the programme coordinator. You are advised to keep a copy.

Assessment Procedure

  • The thesis supervisor determines at which point the thesis is ready to be formally reviewed and graded.
  • If the second reviewer has not yet been appointed, this should be done now. The name of the second reviewer is added to the thesis protocol (pdf).
  • You hand in a copy of the thesis on
  • The reviewers fill in their assessment and motivation on the (see underneath). They decide on a final grade together. 
  • The thesis supervisor fills in a 'toetsverklaring' (grading form), and hands it in to the Education Office, together with the completed assessment form. In the exceptional case that the thesis supervisor is not affiliated with Utrecht University, the second reviewer should fill in the 'toetsverklaring'.
  • The grade and credits are registered in OSIRIS.

Digital thesis archive

You are required to upload your Master’s thesis to Utrecht University Library's digital thesis archive. This archive is also an interesting reference point to see what your fellow students have submitted. You can search or sort through it by faculty or study programme.

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. When your professor or supervisor suspects fraud or plagiarism, they will notify the board of examiners by filling in this form (Dutch, pdf).