Master’s Thesis

Topic registration

At least one semester in advance (for the exact deadline please see the academic calendar).

Thesis topic

Propose your own topic or choose from the topics offered in the Information System (IS). Your proposed topic must be accepted by your supervisor. The supervisor will then enter the topic into the IS, where you can formally register it. The topic can be amended during the writing process, but any changes must be approved by your supervisor.

Thesis supervisors

Thesis supervisors may be the members of the Department of Political Science who hold a Ph.D. Supervisors who are not members of the department must be approved by the Head of the Department.

Writing the thesis

You should regularly consult with your supervisor the progress of your work.

Length of the thesis 

The length of an MA thesis is 126,000 – 198,000 characters, including spaces (70–110 standard pages). The character count includes footnotes but excludes the title page, declaration, acknowledgements, table of contents, list of abbreviations, appendices, and bibliography.

Required components of the thesis:

      • Title page with the name of the university, faculty and program, title of the thesis, type of the thesis (Master’s), name of the author, their UČO, and place and year of completion;
      • Declaration of originality (authorship);
      • The cover of the printed version must include the name of the university and faculty, type of the thesis (Master’s), name of the author, and place and year of completion;
      • Table of contents
      • Total number of characters (the character count includes spaces, footnotes but excludes the title page, declaration, acknowledgements, table of contents, list of abbreviations, appendices, and bibliography);
      • Main text of the thesis;
      • Bibliography;
      • Annotation and keywords (must be submitted to the IS as well).

A thesis may include acknowledgements with thanks to the supervisor and/or other people.

Formatting

      • Format: A4, double sided printing is allowed,
      • Font size: 12 in text, 11 in notes,
      • Spacing: 1,5 in text, 1 in notes,
      • Notes: Footnotes or endnotes at the end of each chapter or the whole text; notes must be numbered in Arabic numerals.
      • Figures, tables, and pictures: all must be numbered and referenced; they may be included directly in the text or in an appendix.
      • All pages must be numbered.
      • Students are required to uphold academic honesty rules. For the expected citation style see the Chicago Manual of Style Author-Date Quick Guide. Plagiarism and other breaches of academic integrity will not be tolerated.
      • The bibliography comes at the end of the thesis and must be sorted alphabetically. Sources without an author are sorted according to the first letter of their title. Titles in foreign languages are not translated. Titles written in a non-Latin script should be transliterated into Latin script.

Submitting the thesis

Students must enroll in the course “Diploma seminar” in the semester when they plan to defend their thesis. The Diploma seminar must be successfully completed before the thesis defense. Requirements for completing the course are set by the supervisor – typically, students must submit a rough draft of the thesis. Students submit the final text of the thesis in two identical versions:

  • An electronic version uploaded into the Archive of Theses/Dissertations in the IS, and
  • A printed version submitted to the department (one copy).

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