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Thesis (Master's)

Thesis (Master's)

Amsterdam Law School

Writing a Master's thesis is set up as a course with a fixed time frame. The content of the 'Master's thesis' course is:

  1. performing and providing a written report of scientific research;
  2. oral presentation of your research.

Both elements of the course must be passed.

Lectures

The course 'Master's thesis' includes instruction in skills relevant to writing a Master's thesis in law. These lectures are offered in January (for students starting their Master's in September) and in June (for students starting in February). In addition, a tutorial on presentation will be offered prior to the oral presentation.

Practical information is available on the course's Canvas page. The course description is available in the course catalogue.

Canvas

Course catalogue

Registration for the thesis course

The thesis course is offered twice each academic year. Students may decide for themselves for which course they wish to register. The exact timeframe will be posted on Canvas.

Did you start your Master's in September?

  • The Canvas page opens 1 September;
  • You can register for the course from the start of the Semester 1 registration period (July) until 30 November;
  • Registration for  the topic of your choice and your supervisor can be done no later than the first week of December via Canvas;
  • You will have to submit your final version in July.

Did you start your Master's in February?

  • The Canvas page opens 1 February;
  • You can register for the course from the start of the Semester 2 registration period (December) until 30 April;
  • Registration for  the topic of your choice and your supervisor can be done no later than the first week of May via Canvas;
  • You will have to submit your final version in December.

Overview Thesis track

The general outline of the thesis course is as follows:

October-November  / March-April: preparation phase In this period the Canvas page of the Master's thesis will become accessible. Use this period to consider possible thesis subjects.
December/May:

start thesis track

No later than the first week of December / May you will state their preferred topic / field of law (and possibly supervisor) via a form on Canvas. Supervisors will be appointed in December and May.

January/June: lectures and research design The lectures for this course take place in block 3 (block 6 if you start in February). You will also submit a provisional research plan and receive feedback on the plan from the supervisor.
February-May / July-October:

writing phase

During this period you will submit their final research plan and write the first version of the thesis. You will receive feedback and then write and submit the pre-final version.
June-July / November-December:

final phase

The oral presentation will take place using the pre-final version of the thesis. A tutorial on oral skills will prepare you for your presentation. After the presentation feedback will be provided for the last time to prepare for the final version (and if necessary the remedial version).
August-September / January-February:

remedial phase

If you have received a grade of 5 for your thesis, you will have the opportunity to rework the thesis for a passing grade (6). Taking part in the re-examination (ending the thesis after 31 August or 31 January) is only possible with a student registration for the following period.

 

Feedback

The main principle is that you will receive feedback from your supervisor at least three times, of which at least twice in the form of an oral consultation. If necessary, a discussion may take place via Skype.

*Exceptions to this track include the thesis within the Master's in International Criminal Law and the theses in the Research Master's programme. 

Publishing your thesis

When your Master's thesis has been approved, it can be published digitally by the Law Library. You are expected to approve or disapprove of publication via a web form which they receive after passing the Master's thesis. More information:

Publishing your thesis

Contact

  • Secretary Master's thesis (for practical questions):
    E. masterthesis-als@uva.nl
  • Law faculty thesis coordinator: Ms. S. (Selma) de Groot
    E. s.degroot@uva.nl
  • In addition, every Master's track has a thesis co-ordinator (who appoints the supervisor):

Departmental co-ordinators