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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 regulations

The criteria of the thesis are outlined in the faculty-wide regulation shown on the right side of this page. For both papers as well as thesis the rules on plagiarism and academic integrity apply.

Request for appointing thesis supervisor

The Board of Examiners is responsible for appointing a supervisor for the master’s thesis and the bachelor’s thesis

Every study programme has its own procedure for appointing supervisors. Please consult the course description of the master’s thesis or bachelor’s thesis in the e-prospectus.

Need help with your writing assignment? Come to the Writing Lab!

Want to discuss your academic writing assignment (final paper, paper or other) with a trained peer tutor? Book a free appointment at the Writing Lab.

Workshops and thesis events

The Writing Lab organises interactive, hands-on (and free!) workshops and thesis events every semester to help you improve your academic writing skills and/or make writing your thesis a success!

The 45-minute individual coaching session allows you to focus on exactly what you need or have questions about. Everything you discuss with your coach remains between you and the conversation can take place face-to-face or online. If you want, you can also send your writing coach a piece of text in advance, which you will then discuss together during the appointment.

Read more about writing coaching and/or book a session!

Every semester, the Writing lab offers four interactive workshops:

  • Basic skills in academic writing:
    Goal paper, planning, structure, formulating research questions
  • Creating a clear structure:
    Clarity, coherence, paragraphs, main- and subquestions, text plan
  • Develop an academic style:
    Define style, techniques, formulation, sentence structure
  • Keep on writing: becoming a disciplined writer:
    Common challenges, planning, perfectionism, concentration issues

Read more about the workshop and/or sign up!

  • Thesis kick-off:
    Get a kickstart with your thesis. In two workshops, you will learn all about designing and planning your thesis.
  • Thesis group:
    Get to know other thesis writers in 4 weekly meetings, learn to plan better and exchange tips and experiences to stay productive.
  • Thesis week:
    For a week, you will write on your thesis every day from 09:00-17:00 under the guidance of the Writing Lab.

Read more about the thesis-events and/or sign up!

Master's thesis procedure

Please note that for the MA Thesis in Classics and Ancient Civilizations there is a procedure concerning that start of the thesis project and handing in the thesis.

Thesis application form

The Board of Examiners has to approve of the thesis plan and is responsible for appointing the thesis supervisor and an (independent) second reader.

Therefore, students are required to (digitally) hand in the Thesis application form to the Board of Examiners. Students planning to graduate in August, have to submit the form before 15 March at the latest. In case of graduation after the first semester, students have to submit the form before 15 October at the latest.

Handing in the Thesis and Student Repository

The deadline for handing in the final version of your thesis is communicated through the e-Prospectus. However, students always consult their supervisor to make clear arrangements about handing the thesis.

Students are required to hand in two paper versions: one for the supervisor and one for the second reader.

At the same time students also have to submit the final version of their MA thesis via Turnitin in order to check for plagiarism. Therefore, we ask students, when handing in the paper versions to your supervisor, also to upload the final version via Turnitin on the following Blackboard page: MA Thesis Classics and Ancient Civilizations, code: 5864VMA-0000FGW.

Please also read the information about the Student Repository.

MA Thesis Regulations

Regulations concerning the general procedure surrounding the Master's Thesis are determined by the Faculty of Humanities. The thesis of the Master Classics and Ancient Civilizations has a maximum of 15.000 words (1000 per EC) includes footnotes, bibliography, images and attachments.

Guide to Academic Skills Classics and Ancient Civilizations

This guide aims to describe the academic skills that you need to master when following the (Res)MA programme in Classics and Ancient Civilizations. As an MA student, you will need to employ general academic skills: you should be able to conduct research and present the results of that research in papers and theses, or in oral presentations. And you should be able to engage in critical discussions of research with your peers and teachers. Accordingly, the general academic skills that you should master include research skills, writing skills, oral presentation skills, and cooperative skills. This guide provides an overview of these skills, and consists of practical information about relevant sources, reference works and tools, examples of grading forms and lists do’s and don’ts for oral and written presentations.

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