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Especially about the Master Thesis

The thesis is a 30 ECTS project, which must conclude your MSc programme.

It is an independent project, which should show that you are able to work with a topic of your own choosing at a high academic level. The thesis is a written submission (either individual or in group) with an oral exam (50 minutes per student incl. voting and feedback).

The thesis is legally founded in the programme Curriculum (‘Studieordning’). Find your Curriculum under Your Programme.

Otherwise, the thesis follows the general rules that apply when writing a project. For information on this, please read about Project work here

Below, you can find more information about what is specific to the master thesis.  

When can you start your thesis?

The general requirement is that your thesis must be placed in the final year of your master programme. This means that you must have passed 60 ECTS before writing your thesis. 

The details
The master thesis should conclude your study programme and show that you have the required academic skills in applying scientific theories and methods. 

Therefore, your thesis ideally should be placed in your 4th and final semester, but sometimes it might be necessary to take any remaining ECTS in the following semester. If possible, you can also register for 7,5 ECTS in the same semester as you write your thesis. 

What happens if you have not yet passed 60 ECTS?
If you have not passed 60 ECTS when you register for your thesis, the system will automatically reject your registration. SAP then looks at how many ECTS you are about to pass and will approve the registration if you are registered enough to be able to pass 60 ECTS or more at the upcoming exams. Please go to "My Study Activities". to check the status of your registration.
If SAP assesses that you are not in the final year of your master programme, we will send you an email regarding this. You then have the option to apply for an exemption if you can document any special circumstances which require you to register for your thesis before the final year of your study programme.
Read more about exemptions here

Preparation workshops

Keep an eye out for workshops to help you prepare for thesis writing run by Study and Career Guidance or your study programme. They often take place early in the semester before you write the thesis. See also your study programme specific pages.


You must include an abstract in your thesis. If the thesis is in Danish, the abstract must be in English. If the thesis is in English, you can write the abstract in either Danish or English.

Deadlines for submission

You can see the deadlines for submission of the thesis under Submission deadlines.