Topic Selection and Thesis Supervision
To facilitate the development of a topic for ones master’s thesis, the thesis process is designed in such a way that the preparation and planning stages of ones thesis forms an integral part of the overall structure of studies at the master’s level (i.e. focused major subject studies; studies in research methodologies; and the research or thesis seminar).
- The subject handled in your master’s thesis is to be decided after consulting with your thesis supervisor. The topic and the research field of a master’s thesis ought to be selected in such a way that it enables the student to complete the task within a reasonable time and with reasonable efforts.
- The normal length of a master’s thesis can be in the range of seventy to hundred pages, but depending on faculty requirements and the actual research topic, the thesis may be longer or shorter. Normally the length of a master’s thesis should not exceed hundred and twenty pages, but there are often exceptions.
- The supervision of a thesis is done by an individual assigned to the task by your faculty, and who, in general is a professor or a docent of the university. In addition, a secondary supervisor maybe assigned, who as a general rule is a lecturer or associate professor from the same or a different faculty.
- In the event that a thesis supervisor perceives that the development of a chosen thesis topic or research focus would require specific guidance, then he/she may suggest that an external adviser may be included. Such measures could only be taken at an early stage, and only if they do not risk complicating or impeding on the completion of the thesis work.
Thesis Confidentiality Request
While studying and seeking to develop your thesis topic, you may be offered the opportunity (from an external institution, organization, or business) to participate in a project or to undertake certain tasks that are directly or indirectly related to a topic of interest. In such a case, it is possible that the external party or commissioner of the project or undertaking will request that part of, or the entire thesis to be declared confidential.
- As a result, a formal Confidentiality Request (can be downloaded from the right sidebar) would have to be completed so that the terms and conditions of such a request are stipulated and agreed upon by all parties involved. The signed request is then to be submitted to the Faculty Dean for his/her consideration, where the length of period that the work is not to be made public will be decided on a case-by-case basis.
- A request for confidentiality will only be accepted if it is well justified.
- The Abstract or summary of every master’s thesis will be made public, therefore students must ensure that the title of the thesis and the contents of the thesis abstract are presented in such a way that they do not have to be declared confidential. Equally, students should consult with their faculty before agreeing to any conditions of copyrights, ownership rights and other rights related to their thesis work.