Master’s Thesis

In order to graduate, students must have completed 48 ECTS worth of courses and have written the Master’s Thesis (12 ECTS), consisting of approximately 12,000-18,000 words (40-60 pages). Further information can be found here.

Aim of the Master’s Thesis:

A thesis is an academic essay, written by the student in consultation with his/her supervisor. The thesis must show that the student is capable of summarising and analysing existing literature in a critical manner, formulating one or more well-defined and motivated research questions and conducting independent research.

Choosing a topic and a supervisor:

Students should approach a lecturer participating in the Master’s programme and discuss with him/her the chosen topic and potential research question(s). In case of doubt, students can always consult the coordinators of studies (Professor Teresa Fanego at USC; Dr José Manuel Estévez Saá at UDC; Dr Jorge Figueroa Dorrego at UVigo).

Once a topic has been agreed on with a supervisor, student and supervisor fill out the MA-thesis registration form together. The student hands in the form to the studies coordinator within the deadlines required by each of the universities involved in the Master’s programme, as indicated on the relevant forms:

Thesis defence:

When the supervisor believes the thesis is ready for preliminary approval and submission, he/she assesses the student’s research and writing process by means of the MA-thesis assessment form and sends this to the coordinator of studies. A thesis committee is then appointed, consisting of three members (the supervisor cannot be one of them).

The supervisor will designate the time and place of the oral defence, in consultation with the thesis committee. The supervisor should then notify of the time and place of the oral defence to the coordinator of studies by means of the MA-thesis defence form:

The coordinator of studies will announce the date, time and place of the oral defence in a suitable way. The oral defence will be open to the university community.

During the oral thesis defence the student is expected to provide adequate answers to the questions related to the thesis stated by the three thesis readers. The defence may influence the thesis grade.

After the oral defence, the grade awarded is publicly announced by means of the MA-thesis grade form.

Uploading the MA thesis to the online institutional repository:

After the public defence, MA dissertations may be uploaded to the online university repository. This upload requires official approval by the supervisor and must adhere to the relevant regulations at each of the universities, as follows:

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