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Computing science MSc thesis

Course code:INFOMCOSC2
Credits:25 ECTS
Period:Possible in any periode individually
Participants:up till now 8 subscriptions
Schedule:Official schedule representation can be found in MyTimetable
coordinatie          Marjan van den Akker
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.

Phase-2 (25 EC)

For Phase 1 see this website.

Work time

You 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. The second part comprises 25 ECTS (i.e. 17-18 weeks full-time).


You will complete (at least) the following items:

  • Perform and complete your research according to your plan (Phase 1).
  • Write your thesis that presents your research and its results. On approval of your supervisor, you can choose to write the thesis in the form of a scientific conference or journal paper, plus the needed appendix.
  • Present and defend your results and conclusion.


Phase-2 assessment criteria. Your thesis is usually assessed using the following criteria:

  • Scientific quality. This concerns the level and importance of the your results. Are the results publishable as a scientific paper? The difficulty of the problem that you solve also plays an important role, as well as the amount/extent of the work you carry out. These are aspects that are important: the effectiveness of the chosen approach, completeness and preciseness of the literature study, arguments for the choices made, insight in the limitations of the chosen approach, proper interpretation of the results achieved, level of abstraction, convincing argument, proofs or statistical analysis.
  • Your work process. This concerns your ability to work independently, to take initiative, to position your work in a broader context, to adapt to new requirements and developments, and to finish the thesis on time.
  • Your contribution. This concerns the degree of your own contribution and the originality of your ideas.
  • Writing presentation. This concerns the ability to clearly formulate problems, to summarize the results, to compare them with related scientific work elsewhere, and to suggest future research lines. This also concerns clear, consistent, and unambiguous use of language in the thesis. The text should give the readers confidence in that you understand the chronology, structure, and logical entities in your own text; and thus know what you write.
  • Oral presentation (your thesis defense) The defense of your thesis will take 45 minutes; 30 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.

Talk to the COSC colloquium coordinator (Alison Liu) to reserve colloquium time and location for your defense.

For projects that started before November 2019: you need to document your evaluation in a Research Assessment Form, to be submitted to the student desk.

For projects that started in November 2019 or later: the assessment is done in OSIRIS Docent and the paper forms cannot be accepted anymore.

The assessment form can be found here.

End date and delay protocol

Please 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 Laude

The requirements to receive a cum laude include that your Phase-2 grade should be at least 8.5.

Previous thesis projects

If you are curious about previous projects of fellow students, you can find them in the University repository, here.

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:
  • You are obliged to upload your thesis, in pdf, to the University repository. Your title page should contain the name of our institution, and a thesis number (= ICA-your_student_number). Uploading instructions can be found here: here. Then, send the received confirmation letter to

  • You can find information on Graduation Ceremony and termination of your enrollment here.

Minimum effort to qualify for 2nd chance exam:Om aan de aanvullende toets te mogen meedoen moet de oorspronkelijke uitslag minstens 4 zijn.