Content and structure of the master’s thesis

Front page

The student uses the front page template for the Master’s thesis report.


The structure of the master’s thesis consists of the following parts:

  • Frontpage
  • Table of contents
  • Scientific abstract
  • Introduction, in which the research topic is situated in the relevant research domains based on a literature study
  • Methods
  • Results and discussion
  • Conclusions, incl. recommendations (policy recommendations, suggestions for scientific research, reflections)
  • Societal finality of the research and possible valorisation of the results
  • Reference list
  • Appendices (if relevant)

Form requirements

  • Size:
    • Whole: 40 to 60 pages, not including abstract, appendices and references
    • Abstract: 200 words + 4 to 8 key words
    • Societal finality of the research and possible valorisation of the results: max. 400 words
  • Writing language: English
  • Font and paragraph: Arial, 10 (or similar), 1.5 line spacing
  • Tables and figures: correctly numbered. Tables that are too large should be referred to the appendices.
  • Reference: APA or classic style

Use of GenAI

The most important aspect is that the Master’s thesis must clearly show the critical input of the student. The student can use AI-tools as a language assistant (grammar and spelling check for a text) or as an initial search engine (like Google), but it is not permitted to submit (parts of) texts generated by generative AI as the student’s own work. In other words, the student has to make sure that everything they submit reflects their own work and understanding. Any attempts to deceive the instructors in this regard will be considered as academic misconduct (see Article 15.2.2 of the Educational and Examination Regulations).

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