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Thesis and paper writing

When writing a thesis or paper you must make good use of the insights you have gained during your lectures and studies so far. You should also refer to relevant literature and carry out your own research on the topic.

One of the most important things you will learn during an academic study programme is how to write an interesting piece of work that meets the criteria of scientific quality, whilst also being accesible to the broader public.

Refer to our Study tips pages for more information on academic writing skills. 

Faculty of Archaeology guidelines

The papers and thesis have to be written according to the Faculty of Archaeology's standards. These standards can be found in the thesis/papers guidelines document. The Board of Examiners will only pass a thesis when these guidelines have been used.

Practical information and support can be found on the Support and Advice website.

Relevant forms

Below you find several documents containing information about your thesis, as well as evaluation forms:  

Thesis deadlines for graduation in September

1 May: the first draft of your thesis has been handed in to your thesis supervisor. 

21 May: the first draft of the thesis is corrected by the thesis supervisor.  

When your thesis is almost finished, send an e-mail to the Administration Office and your thesis supervisor, stating your intentions to hand in the final version of your thesis, and the date when you expect to do so.  

15 June (at the latest): hand in the final version of your thesis. Hand in 2 copies: 1 for your thesis supervisor and 1 for the Administration Office (please hand in to Corijanne Slappendel, room A004). 
Important: send an mail to your first reader and the Administration Office, including the pdf of the TurnitIn originality report (enrol in the Blackboard module BA or MA thesis Archaeology and follow the instructions). 
The Board of Examiners will appoint a 2nd reader. 

You will be notified by the Administration office when the thesis has been graded, and will then receive further instructions on how to upload your thesis to the Leiden Repository before a specific date. After your thesis has been uploaded, your thesis grade will be entered in uSis, and you are ready to graduate.

Thesis deadlines for graduation in February

1 November: the first draft of your thesis has been handed in to your thesis supervisor. 

21 November: the first draft of the thesis is corrected by the thesis supervisor.  

When your thesis is almost finished, send an e-mail to the Administration Office and your thesis supervisor, stating your intentions to hand in the final version of your thesis, and the date when you expect to do so.  

15 December (at the latest): hand in the final version of your thesis. Hand in 2 copies: 1 for your thesis supervisor and 1 for the Administration Office (please hand in to Corijanne Slappendel, room A004).
Important: send an e-mail to your first reader and the Administration Office, including the pdf of the TurnitIn originality report (enrol in the Blackboard module BA or Ma thesis Archaeology and follow the instructions). 
The Board of Examiners will appoint a 2nd reader. 

You will be notified by the Administration office when the thesis has been graded, you will receive instructions on how to upload your thesis to the Leiden Repository before a specific date. After your thesis has been uploaded, your thesis grade will be entered in uSis, and you are ready to graduate.