Progress report and compulsory activities associated with the Master's dissertation
The progress report is a particularly important follow-up tool for 60-credit Master's dissertations, but you must also be familiar with this tool if you need to apply for an extra semester.
If the work on your dissertation extends over three semesters, you must submit a progress report to show that you are working on your dissertation and that your work is advancing. This applies to History of Art, Philosophy, and the 60-credit dissertation in the History of Ideas. You need to check the web page for your Master's dissertation course to find out when to submit your progress report. If you do not submit a progress report, you may not be granted an extra semester.
If your work on your Master's dissertation falls behind schedule and you need to apply for an extra semester, you must submit a progress report as part of your application. This applies regardless of the subject and whether the Master's dissertation is worth 30 or 60 credits.
The progress report must contain the following:
- a brief summary of what you have done during the past semester (how much you have written and submitted for supervision, what source searches/literature reviews you have conducted, any difficulties you have had)
- objectives for the work and plans for next semester
- how many times you have been in contact with your supervisor, and the nature of the contact
This information should only take up one page. The report must also contain:
- an outline of your Master's dissertation: a clear outline will usually help you in your writing, because it provides a structure
- a reference list of original works and other literature and sources you use in your dissertation
These two points should not take up more than two pages in total. The total length of the report should not be more than three pages.
Compulsory activities associated with the Master's dissertation
Like other examinations, compulsory activities associated with the Master's dissertation must be approved before you can submit your dissertation and take the oral examination.
List of compulsory activities associated with the Master's dissertation:
- progress report
- presentation of the dissertation in an academic forum
- oral or written presentation to an audience
- group work, participation in a conference
Check your Master's course in order to find out which activities are compulsory for you.