Start on time
It might sound cliché, but starting on time is absolutely essential. Start looking for a good subject immediately, and talk to your promotor as soon as you can.
Would you like some help with those first steps? You can take part in one of our workshops. We'll help you get started, show you how to structure your thesis and how to avoid plagiarism. We also provide advice on correct use of language in an academic context.
Study Guidance organises workshops which contain tons of advice regarding the writing of your Bachelor's or Master's thesis.
Participants are encouraged to share their experiences, making it a learning opportunity for other students and for the university staff. If you feel like you could use some help regarding the following topics, don't hesitate to participate!
Study Guidance also offer individual guidance in the writing of your thesis.
Our study advisors are here to help with all your questions, help you plan or give concrete tips about how to structure your thesis. Don't hesitate to ask for their help and expertise!
Attention: Questions related to the specific content of your thesis are best directed at your own promotor.
You can direct any questions on academic language in your thesis towards ACTO language centre. The ACTO advisors can help you with spelling, choice of words or how to structure your text. They also offer workshops!
For academic Dutch, contact
Specific guidelines and instructions
Find all extra information and instructions on your thesis from your faculty here.
Social Sciences and Solvay Business School
Faculty of Social Sciences and Solvay Business School
Your administrative checklist
- Register for your thesis course via Student Self-service.
- Choose and confirm your topic in the Master Thesis Information System (Mathis).
- Every master thesis student will be informed in time about Mathis and the procedures to follow. For more information, you can contact the Mathis coordinator.
- Hand in before the deadline.
- Attention: if you wish to graduate early by handing in your thesis in December, it is best to inform yourself via this website on all (administrative) steps.
Please read the rules regarding plagiarism carefully. Every student handing in a paper or master's thesis agrees to comply with the rules in force.
The Dean of the faculty emphasises that sanctions are applied in every case of plagiarism, which could include exclusion from all examination sessions of the ongoing academic year!
Confidentiality and embargo
Your master's thesis is stored in the Central Library of VUB and can be consulted by anyone.
If your research project calls for a specific confidentiality agreement between a company, you as a student-researcher, and the VUB, you can use this form.
You can request for an embargo to prevent the full text (including confidential information) becomes public: if the request is approved, it will only be sent to the supervisor and assessor(s). Use this embargo document (download and complete it digitally) to request an embargo.
We organize a weekly Thesis Café to immediately help students with practical questions about their master's thesis, e.g. reference, academic language, methodology, data collection and analysis, structuring the thesis, planning). For substantive questions (about the topic, research questions, literature, research methods, analysis), students should always address their supervisor.
A supervisor (assistant) from the ES faculty will be present during the Thesis Café. Students can ask their questions directly to the supervisor and may also stay in the room to work on their master's thesis. The exact dates, location and further details about the Thesis Café will be communicated via Canvas in the master thesis course.
The Thesis Café is without oblitaiton. Students may also ask their questions in this Google Sheet. Supervisors will provide written answers to these questions as soon as possible. Please take a look at the more than 200 questions with answers.
For questions, please contact the coordinator Stephanie Tintel (email@example.com).
Medicine and Pharmacy
Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy
Students in the final year of the Master's degree program must - unless stated otherwise in the course guide of the Master’s thesis of the relevant program – provide the following information to the program council, which will transfer this information to the Dean after approval:
• the subject of the master's thesis;
• the supervisor's signature, through which he approves the subject;
• if necessary, the indication of the objective and method.
The deadline for submitting this information is clearly noted in the relevant course guide.
The master's thesis can be drawn up and/or defended in a language other than Dutch when approved by the relevant program council.
Changes in the subject of the Master's thesis and/or supervisor or renunciation by the supervisor of the supervisorship must be reported to the chairman of the program council at the latest before the spring break. A deviation from this can be granted by the program council of the relevant study program.
Turning in the master’s thesis
• First exam sessions, first exam period (only for those graduating in January): no later than 1 December, unless stated otherwise in the course guide of the master's thesis of the relevant study program.
• First exam sessions, second exam period: last working day before May 30 at the latest, unless stated otherwise in the course guide of the master's thesis of the relevant study program.
• Second exam sessions: last working day before August 18 at the latest, unless stated otherwise in the course guide of the master's thesis of the relevant study program.
The master's thesis is submitted to the student secretariat of the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, unless stated otherwise in the course guide of the master's thesis of the relevant study program.
Form of submission
Under the responsibility of the program council of the relevant study program, the correct procedure in this regard is included in the course guide.
Release of the master's thesis
The digital version of the master's thesis for which the student has obtained a credit* is kept by the University Library. The master's thesis is only included in the library catalog with the explicit permission of the student and their supervisor. To this end, each student must attach a consent form to the master's thesis. This form can be found on the faculty website under student/'application forms'. When no consent form or an incomplete consent form is attached to the master's thesis, it is assumed that no consent has been granted.
*The additional education and examination regulations of the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy explicitly state when a credit has been obtained, in other words from 10/20 and not 14/20.
The student is obliged to demonstrate the authenticity of the research material.
All master's theses will be screened by plagiarism software.
Law and Criminology
Faculty of Law and Criminology
Faculty of Engineering
Voor de deadline van elk formulier kan je kijken naar onze facultaire kalender.
Procedure for submitting the Master's thesis title
For submitting the thesis title follow the procedure as mentioned below.
Step 1: fill in the online form:
Step 2: After completing the online form the promotor automatically receives an email with a link to the completed form
Step 3: The promotor accepts or declines the proposal. This is done through an automated email.
Deadline for submitting the thesis title: the 15th of October
The consent form for disclosure of the master thesis has to be submitted together with the thesis title.
- Master's thesis title page (for all non-bruface programmes)
- Master's thesis abstract (for non-bruface)
- Bruface master's thesis title page pdf format
- Bruface master's thesis title page doc format download
Languages and Humanities
Faculty of Languages and Humanities
Choosing a thesis topic
- Register your master's thesis course unit through the Student SelfService.
- Register your master's thesis subject and supervisor through MaThis.
Submitting your master's thesis
You can only submit via Canvas.
Please respect the deadlines below. If you wish to apply for an extension due to unexpected circumstances, you must do so at the latest on the day of the deadline. You can obtain an extension of maximum 10 days. However, we advise you to submit your application at least one week before the regular deadline so that we can inform you before the submission date whether your application has been approved.
The following situations are recognised (Education and Examination Regulations, Article 111).
- medical reasons e.g. illness, accident
- familial reasons e.g. the death of a relative by blood or marriage in the first degree (parents and/or children) or in the second degree (grandparents, grandchildren and/or brother/sister) or of a person domiciled under the same roof;
- legal reasons e.g. summons or subpoena to a court of law;
- force majeure e.g. an event that has nothing to do with you as a student and that could not be foreseen, prevented or overcome.
Bear in mind: your application can only be approved if you follow the correct procedure and submit your application in time (see above).
1) Ask your supervisor for approval by filling in the template "Postponement of submission of Bachelor's paper/Master's thesis" and have it signed.
2) Collect supporting documents to substantiate your application.
3) Complete this online form
Physical Education and Physiotherapy
Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy
All deadlines and instructions for the master's thesis of the programmes Movement and Sport Sciences, Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy, and Manual Therapy can be found on this Canvas page.
Psychology and Educational Sciences
Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences
Choosing a thesis topic
Changing your thesis title
If you wish to change the title of your thesis, you should send your new title via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and to your promotor at the latest the day of submission.
Submitting your master's thesis
You need to submit your masters' thesis digitally in CANVAS. Your thesis will be checked for plagiarism.
- Monday 19th December 2022 before 4 PM (deadline 1st semester, only after submission an application for graduation after 1st semester online)
- Tuesday 30th May 2023 before 4 PM (deadline 1st session)
- Monday 14th August 2023 before 4 PM (deadline 2nd session)
Assessment master's thesis
Both your supervisor and the committee member will assess the thesis on a scale of 40 grades each ( Evaluation report) Your supervisor will assess the process of the thesis writing on a scale of 20 grades (Process Evaluation report). The average of these grades determines your final grade.
Oral presentation master's thesis
An oral defense of the master’s thesis is mandatory for students studying Educational Sciences (dates will be communicated asap)
- 1 pdf file with following name: Surname_First name-studentnumber-thesis.pdf
- Template Title sheet
- Lettertype Verdana 9
- Consent form for publicising Master's thesis (see on the bottom of this page)
- Motivation for exceeding the word limit of 15000 words (if applicable, no template available)
- Summary template: a separate page, DIN A4, 300 words
Sciences and Bioengineering Sciences
Faculty of Sciences and Bioengineering Sciences
Guidelines and information are communicated through the program-specific Canvas page.
Publication Master's thesis
Any master's thesis for which the student has obtained a credit (for some faculties you need at least 14/20), and for which no non-disclosure agreement (NDA) was drawn up, can be included at no charge in the catalog of the University Library as long as the student has given their prior explicit consent.