The thesis is a compulsory element of your MSc study programme and the culmination of your studies. This page provides information for students who are considering writing a MSc thesis under the supervision of GEO group.
Writing a MSc thesis allows you to become an expert in a specific area that is closely linked to your personal interest and future career. Writing a thesis is an individual process whereby a student takes a full responsibility for its outcome, being assisted and guided by an academic supervisor. Below you can see a flowchart to help you get started.
The process begins with thinking about a topic of your prospective research, wherein both your study advisor and a thesis coordinator can help you with (Step 1). In order to get some inspiration, feel free to consult the thesis library and browse GEO research page that will give you an overview what our staff is in interested in. As soon as you have an idea (or several) about what you would like to study, contact your thesis coordinator who will help you to find an appropriate supervisor within the chair group (Step 2). After you are assigned a supervisor, sign a contract (Master Thesis Agreement), where you agree on the regime of supervision and other practical matters.
The next step is to write a research proposal with the assistance of your supervisor (Step 3). The proposal should elaborate on the theoretical underpinnings of the research, the research questions and objectives, the methodological choices and a time frame. Once your proposal has been approved by the supervisor, it's time to venture into the field, collect your data (Step 4) and start writing your report (Step 5). Make sure you properly reference all your sources while writing (check out the statement of plagiarism on the side of the page for the detailed explanation).
When you are close to finishing up, register for a colloquim by sending an email to the secretary of GEO. You'll have to submit the final version to your supervisor and an examiner no later that 10 days before the colloquium date. On the day of colloquium, you'll present your thesis and defend it. After that your thesis and the presentation will be assessed by your supervisor and an examiner (Step 6). For the detailed information on these and further steps of writing a thesis, have a look at the Master Thesis Guidelines (see the right side of this pages to download the file).