Bachelor's Diploma Thesis

For students in Bc. single subject studies, and Bc. double subject studies, who began their studies in 2015 or later, these are the standards:

Length of the Bachelor's Major Thesis: 65,000 characters (minimum).

There is no minor thesis. Double-subject students writing a thesis in their other subject do not write a thesis in this Department.

For students in Bc. single subject studies, and Bc. double subject studies with English as the major subject, who begain their studies in 2014 or ealier, these are the standards:

Length of the Bachelor's Major Thesis: 60,000 characters (minimum).

Length of the Bachelor's Minor Thesis: 25,000 characters (minimum).

These are minimum figures and include footnotes, endnotes and bibliography. They do not include the title pages, table of contents, acknowledgments and appendices.

Template for the Bachelor's Diploma Thesis (cover, title page, table of contents, etc.) is here.

Technical Norms: The following standards are for all major theses submitted in this Department. They are based on standards found at universities throughout the English-speaking world and are therefore standards that students in this Department should aspire to.

Margins

  • Left – 3.5 cm (for major theses, which are bound in hard-covers), 2.5 for other texts.
  • Right – 2.5 cm
  • Top – 2.5 cm
  • Bottom – 2.5 cm

Appearance

  • Double spacing recommended
  • Single-side printing only. For works longer than 90 pages (including title page, table of contents and all other parts of the thesis), two-sided printing may be used.
  • Page numbers located at bottom centre
  • Font size: 12 point (10 point for footnotes)
  • Font type: Times Roman, Garamond, Arial, Tahoma (recommended)

Students are encouraged to ask for clarification if they are unsure and seek guidance on variances from these norms.

The regular length of this programme of studies is six semesters. Therefore, you should primarily devote the sixth semester to writing the Bachelor's Diploma Thesis. However, the process of writing must be preceded by extensive research and preparation. You should manage the research by the end of the semester prior to the last one, i.e. the fifth one.

  1. If you are planning to finish your studies in the sixth semester, you must decide on the field of your Thesis by the end of the FOURTH semester of your studies. At this point, see the professor whom you wish to be your supervisor and discuss your topic and the idea. Then fill in this form than have it signed by your supervisor and hand it in at the department office.
  2. In the FIFTH semester of your studies, register for AJ19800 (Bachelor's Thesis Seminar) in the IS. You will only be signed up for this course after if you have got the agreement from the supervisor and the topic in the IS. During this semester, you will do your research and work on your thesis proposal. By the end of this semester, you should know precisely what you will deal with in your Thesis, and have done most of the research and reading. To be able to do this, be sure to SEE YOUR SUPERVISOR REGULARLY to assist you.
  3. In the SIXTH (i.e. the last) semester, register for AJ19850 (Bachelor's Diploma Thesis) in the IS. Start writing the Thesis as soon as possible and see your supervisor regularly. Remember: it is difficult and time consuming to produce a Thesis! You should think about your writing schedule in the terms of months rather than days or weeks. If you are graduating in the Spring semester, the deadline is set by the Faculty to April 30 (for defense in June); if you are graduating in the Fall semester, the deadline is November 30 (defense in January or February). Theses submitted after the deadline will not be accepted (it is possible to submit a petition for a postponed deadline, but only serious reasons will be considered, such as a long study stay abroad or serious illness).
  4. Both the seminar (AJ19800) and the Thesis itself (AJ19850) are graded with credit ("zápočet" = Z) in the IS. You will get a "Z" for the Seminar in the IS if you pass the assignments in the E-course in ELF. You will get a "Z" for the Thesis in the IS if you fulfill the formal criteria as set by the Faculty and the Department (see above). You will receive a grade after a defense. Prior to the defense, you will get a report from the second reader (if it is negative, you will get a report from the supervisor, too). You will then defend the Thesis as a part of the State Examination before a committee (supervisor, second reader, the chairperson) and receive a grade which will then appear on your diploma.