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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.

BA, MA and RMA theses begun after 1 September 2021 must comply with the new guidelines. Also see the explanatory notes.

Theses begun before 1 September 2021: 

  • Student graduating 1 February or 1 September 2022 may use either the old Faculty guidelines or the new faculty guidelines with APA7.  
  • Students who submit their thesis after 1 September 2022 should use the new faculty guidelines with APA7. 

The Board of Examiners will only pass a thesis when these guidelines have been used.


Practical information and support can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions website. Or contact the Faculty Writing Lab, that organises online group meetings that help you with your writing process. 

Relevant forms

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

Thesis deadlines for graduation in September

  • BA: 1 March: Submit your research plan to your supervisor.
    MA: 1 December: Submit your research plan to your supervisor

  • BA: 15 March: Upload the factsheet in Brightspace.

  • 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.  
  • 15 June (at the latest): hand in the final version of your thesis via the procedure below.

Thesis deadlines for graduation in February

  • BA: 1 September: Submit your research plan to your supervisor.
    MA: 1 May: Submit your research plan to your supervisor.

  • BA: 15 September: Upload the factsheet in Brightspace.

  • 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.  
  • 15 December (at the latest): hand in the final version of your thesis via the procedure below.

Submitting your thesis

Upload a PDF version of your thesis into Turnitin in the Brightspace module. The Turnitin submission date is the official submission date of your thesis.

  • BA students use the HS Bachelor Thesis module.
  • MA studenten Global Archaeology: HS Master thesis Global Archaeology
  • MA studenten Applied Archaeology: HS Master thesis Applied Archaeology
  • MA studenten Heritage and Museum Studies: HS Master thesis Heritage and Museum Studies
  • MSc studenten Archaeological Science: HS Master thesis Archaeological Science
  • RMA/RMsc students: HS Master thesis in Archaeology (research)

HS means Whole Study Year.
No hard copy will be turned in.

Send an email to your supervisor(s) that you have submitted your thesis in Brightspace and include the full name of the Brightspace module.

Send an email from your uMail address to the Education Office indicating that you have uploaded your thesis into the Brightspace module. Include the full name of the Brightspace module.

To initiate the thesis process, the education office will need the official title of your thesis and the name of your supervisor(s).

The Education Office will notify the Board of Examiners and they will assign a second reader.

After the grade is determined, you will receive an email from the education office. You will also receive instructions on how to upload your thesis in the Thesis Repository. Once your thesis is uploaded in there and your thesis grade is in uSis, you can graduate.

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