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The seminar and later

Information about the thesis seminars, what is expected of you as author and as a commentator; grading issues etc.

Schedule for the Seminars

The day of (or after) thesis submission, the schedule will be sent out via email, along with a list with information on which students are discussing what thesis. A mailing list, with e-mail addresses and phone numbers will also be made available.

The Organisation of Seminars Spring Semester 2020

The examination of a Bachelor’s thesis and One Year Master’s thesis is 45 minutes long, including discussions with the author and other participants in the seminar. The examination of a Two Years Master’s thesis is 60 minutes long.

Several theses are normally examined during the same seminar. You are expected to attend also when you are not active as a discussant or author. Participating in the seminars is mandatory and your performance during the seminar influences your final grade. It is important that you have read all of the theses in your group (usually 4-6 theses) prior to the seminar. All students will be given the opportunity to comment and discuss each other’s work, not just the discussants and authors. If you wish to take part in other thesis seminars you are welcome to do so, they are open for all students. The seminars are usually very instructive and it is recommended that you take part in as many as you can. Attending seminars before or during writing your thesis may give you some good ideas and make you better prepared for your own thesis seminar. Thesis seminars are lead by the examiner. Supervisors usually do not attend.

Thesis seminars and Zoom

The examination seminar will take place on the communication platform Zoom. The examiner will create a meeting and invite the members of the seminar by a link sent out by e-mail. Here are some things to think about before the seminar:

• Make sure you have access to secure wifi and a quiet environment.

• Keep you microphone off during the seminar when you are not defending your own thesis or serving as discussant.

• In the chat function in Zoom there is a “raise hand” button. Use that when you want to enter the discussion. The examiner serves as chair and invites the members to speak.

• If you do not have experience from Zoom, it is good if you make yourself acquainted with the platform in advance of the seminar.

The Role of the Author during the Seminar 

The authors are expected to defend their work during the seminar and answer questions posed by the discussants and other participants. It is important to take constructive criticism to heart; it will aid you in your further academic studies and theses to come. At the examination of master’s theses, the author introduces the seminar with a 15 minutes long presentation of the thesis. (At other levels, the opponent/s shortly present the main points in the thesis.)

The Role of the Discussant(s)

Normally, there are two discussants to each Bachelor’s thesis and One Year Master’s thesis while there is just one discussant to each Two Years Master’s thesis. When in pairs, the discussants are required to coordinate their discussion before the seminar. The discussant(s) should lead the discussion with the author while the thesis is being examined. It is important to provide constructive review of the thesis, which usually includes criticism as well as praise. The discussant(s) should send by e-mail a written summary of their discussion to the examiner at the seminar. It should be concise, not exceeding one page (400 words) and present the most important points you will raise during the seminar.  

The quality of the criticism will be taken into account when the examiner determines the final grade for the thesis course.

More detailed instructions for how to carry out the discussion is found in chapter 6 in The Art of Writing and Speaking (pdf, 1,01 MB, new window)

Uploading a revised version of the thesis to LUP Student Papers (voluntary)

Within one week (five work days) after the last seminar, students have the possibility to upload a revised version (only minor revisions) of their thesis to LUP. As last time, go to and use your Student Account to log in. Delete the old version (ie. the file not the whole thesis post) of the thesis and upload the new one (again as a pdf!) and set the desired level of access. You also need to hand in a printed copy of your thesis at the reception desk, for our files. If you experience any technical problems, please contact the thesis administrators (see main page for contact details).