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Research Papers (RP)

  1. Students register for the minor specialization and Research Seminar before the 2nd semester.
  2. Students take the Research Seminar during the 2nd semester. They choose a RP topic and supervisor: NEW 2017 list of RP topics/supervisors2016 list of RP topics/supervisors. They present and submit a written RP project - into InSIS, by 30 May 2017. The project is evaluated according to the criteria approved by the Faculty.
  3. Students submit a RP Submission Agreement - by 23 June 2017, based on the RP project, which must be approved – signed by their supervisor and the IDS Academic Director.
  4. Students write the RP during the 3rd semester, i.e. during the semester abroad. They receive long-distance consultations by their supervisors in Prague.
  5. Students submit the RP after the 3rd semester, i.e. after returning from the semester abroad – by email to eva.grebe@vse.cz and their supervisor, by the end of February (recommended). The paper is reviewed according to the criteria approved by the Faculty. Students defend the RP during or after the 4th semester - TBC. The defence is the Minor specialization final state exam (2IR; 3 ECTS, sSZ). N.B.: The period between the RP submission and defence date must be at least 4 weeks (last submissions on 30 June 2017 if you want to defend in September).

Master’s Theses (MT)

  • Students are provided detailed instructions during the 22F501 Diploma Seminar (22F501; 3 ECTS, sV; long-distance).
  • Schedule:
  1. Students register for the Diploma Seminar before the 3rd semester (students with a supervisor from the SE department choose a Monday 14:30-16:00 virtual seminar, those with a SM supervisor – Monday 16:15-17:45, and those with a PL supervisor – Monday 18:00-19:30).
  2. Students choose a MT topic (different from the RP topic) and supervisor after the 2nd semester (but before they leave for the semester abroad): NEW 2017 list of MT topics/supervisors2016 list of MT topics/supervisors. Together with their supervisor they submit a preliminary MT Submission Agreement – into InSIS - by 23 June 2017.
  3. Students take the Diploma Seminar during the 3rd semester, i.e. during the semester abroad. Based on their individual activity and contact, they receive long-distance consultations by their supervisors in Prague. They submit a written MT project (same structure and content as the RP Project) - into InSIS, by 11 January 2017 23:59. The project is evaluated according to the criteria approved by the Faculty.
  4. Students and/or supervisors finalize the preliminary (see par. 2 above) MT Submission Agreementin the InSIS (My studies – Student’s portal -> Final thesis -> Make changes in the assignment form, Language version: English), by 3 February 2017, based on their MT project, which must be approved – signed by their supervisor and the Vice-Dean for Studies.
  5. Students write/finalize the MT during the 4th semester.
  6. Students submit the MT during the 4th semester – into InSIS (My studies – Student’s portal -> Final thesis -> Insert the thesis and the appendices + Insert additional information) + printed (see below), by 30 June 2017The thesis is reviewed according to the criteria approved by the Faculty. Students defend the MT after the 4th semester (DIP_D; 6 ECTS, fSZ). N.B.: The period between the MT submission and defence date must be at least 4 weeks.

Deadlines

To defend in: September 2017 January/February 2018 May/June 2018
RP Project / Agreement submission 30 May / 23 June 2017
MT Project / Agreement submission 10 January 2018, 20:00 / TBC
RP submission 30 June 2017 (in Ms Grebe’s contact hours)  February 2018
MT submission 30 June 2017 (in Ms Grebe’s contact hours)  April 2018

Formal Requirements for Writing and Submitting the Theses

  1. Style, formal requirements – use the (recommended) template (download) or ask your supervisor
    • RP length: NEW Approximately 48000 characters (with spaces) or 8000 words
    • MT length: between 108000 and 144000 characters (with spaces)
    • The length of paper includes: introduction, chapters, conclusion, footnotes (see par. 3 below)
  2. Citing and quoting, bibliographies (references) (both by Turnitin) - use the APA style (What is APA style?); (recommended) for international law sources, use the “OSCOLA 2006″ (What is OSCOLA?)
  3. Recommended structure of the theses (in the following order) – use the template in par. 1 above
    • Front cover (compulsory; stiff cover – see also par. 4 below)
    • Page left blank (compulsory)
    • Title pages with the University’s logo, title of the thesis, author’s name, and year of submission (compulsory)
    • Author’s declaration (compulsory)
    • Acknowledgements
    • Abstract and keywords
    • Table of contents (compulsory)
    • List of tables, graphs, pictures, schemes, boxes, maps, etc.
    • Introduction (compulsory)
    • Chapters (compulsory)
    • Conclusion (compulsory)
    • References (compulsory)
    • List of appendices
    • Appendices
    • Page left blank (compulsory)
    • Back cover (compulsory; stiff cover – see also par. 4 below)
  4. How to submit (details for the MT only)
    • Students submit the final version of the thesis into the InSIS (in pdf).
    • Students submit 2 prints of the thesis to the IDS Office. Hardback (bound in stiff covers – example), one-sided printing. The pdf and the printed versions must be identical. 
    • The title in the final version must be identical with the title in the submission agreement (see par. 4/MT above). 
    • Abstract and keywords may be submitted only to the InSIS.
  5. Reviews and defence 

 

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