|Period:||Possible in any periode individually|
|Participants:||see Osiris Docent|
|Schedule:||Official schedule representation can be found in Osiris|
|Contents:||Master thesis projects that start after Sept. 2015 are split in two phases of 15 + 25 EC, which we will refer to as Phase-1 and Phase-2. Projects that started before this time remain to use the old 40EC format.
The text below describes the new two-phases projects.
RequirementTo be allowed to start with the thesis project, you must:
RegistrationBefore starting your thesis project, you need to fill in a Research Project Application Form (can be found here) and deliver it to the Student Desk. The form needs to be signed by you, your project supervisor (a UU staff member), the coordinator of the Computing Science (COSC) Master Programme (Wishnu Prasetya), and a member of the Examination Board (will be arranged by the Student Desk). Also ensure that you have included a second examiner (UU staff member). Mention in the Application Form, when the Phase-1 and Phase-2 are expected to end. There is no need to register your participation in Osiris.
Work timeYou are advised to work full time (i.e. 5 days per week), but 4 days per week is also allowed. In that case, please note that your project takes 25% more time to finish.
Room 5.02 is available as a work room for you. You will need to bring your own laptop. The capacity is limited;you can arrange with your fellow students how to best schedule the usage. In case you need help, contact the COSC coordinator.
External projectsIt is possible to do your thesis project at an external organization, e.g. a company or a government institute. One of the staff members of the department should approve the project and serve as a supervisor. If an external party hosts you as a student, you also need to provide a Work Place Agreement (can be found here). The project's topic should lie within the domain of at least one of the four tracks within the Computing Science Master Programme. We encourage you to choose a topic that fits your supervisor’s interests and ongoing work closely.
Phase-1 (15 EC)This phase comprises 10-11 weeks of full-time work and is intended for you to do a preliminary study (usually in the form of literature study), and to propose and plan your research. Importantly, this phase will give a go/no-go decision towards Phase-2. You are expected to deliver a research proposal consisting the following:
Additionally, depending on the nature of the project, your supervisor may require you to perform some additional work in Phase-1, either in order to provide a convincing argument towards the prospect and feasibility of your Phase-2, or for efficiency to already do some work of Phase-2, e.g. developing an initial theory or building a first prototype of an algorithm. If such work is required, make an agreement with your supervisor on the scope of this work.
At the end of Phase-1 the supervisors will make a go/no-go decision. This decision, in terms of pass or not pass, will be entered in Osiris. Phase-1 assessment criteria:
Phase-2 (25 EC)The second part comprises 25 ECTS (i.e. 17-18 weeks full-time). You will complete (at least) the following items:
Phase-2 assessment criteria. Your thesis is usually assessed using the following criteria:
The defense of your thesis will take 60 minutes; 45 minutes for your presentation, and the last 15 minutes for questioning. This will usually be scheduled in the Computing Science Colloquium, so you will have public in addition to your examiners.
For supervisors: you need to document your evaluation in a Research Assessment Form, to be submitted to the students administration desk. The form can be found here.
Phase-2 protocolPlease pay attention that if you cannot manage to complete the project by the planned end-date, you will still be evaluated on that date. If this results in an insufficient grade, or a “not completed” grade, with a valid reason, you are allowed to have an extension of maximum 1/3 of the nominal original length. Your grade will be capped on 8 (and therefore you can’t graduate Cum Laude). Please read the whole Delay Protocol; you can find it here.
Cum LaudeThe requirements to receive a cum laude include that your Phase-2 grade should be at least 8.5.
Previous thesis projectsIf you are curious about previous projects of fellow students, you can find them in the University repository, here.
Defending your thesisTalk to the COSC colloquium coordinator (Wishnu Prasetya) to reserve colloquium time and location for your defense.
I have completed my thesis, what next?If you have completed your thesis (that is, you have defended it and informed by your supervisor that you have passed this component), and you have gained 75 EC worth of courses, and completed your COSC colloquium obligation, in principle you are ready to graduate. You are not there yet, there are few more steps to do:
|Minimum effort to qualify for 2nd chance exam:||Om aan de aanvullende toets te mogen meedoen moet de oorspronkelijke uitslag minstens 4 zijn.|