Non-diploma Thesis

This applies to double subject students with English as their minor subject.

Length of the Master's Minor Thesis: 50,000 characters including spaces (minimum).
Length of the Bachelor's Minor Thesis: 25,000 characters including spaces (minimum).
This minimum figure includes footnotes, endnotes and bibliography. It does not include the title pages, table of contents, acknowledgments and appendices.

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.

  1. You should decide about the topic of your minor Thesis by the beginning of the semester prior to the semester of the completion - THIRD semester for two year studies (M.A. only), FIFTH semester for three year studies (B.A. and M.A.). You should contact the supervisor and discuss the topic with them. At this point, see the professor whom you wish to be your supervisor and discuss your topic and the idea. If he or she approves of the topic, fill out the Thesis Topic Registration Form. You and your supervisor sign the form and then you will bring it to the Department Office, where the topic will be entered into the IS.
  2. In the fifth semester, register for AJ19700 (B.A. Master Thesis Seminar - B.A. students) or AJ29700 (M.A. Master Thesis Seminar - M.A. students) in the IS. Also, sign up for the E-course "Writing a B.A. Thesis" (B.A. students) or "Writing a M.A. Thesis" (M.A. students) in ELF. You will only be signed up for this course after you have got the agreement from the supervisor. 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 (the ELF course will assist you), 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 LAST semester, register for AJ19750 (B.A. Minor Thesis - B.A. students) or AJ29750 (M.A. Minor Thesis - M.A. students) 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 quality Thesis, even a minor one! You should think about your writing schedule in the terms of months rather than days or weeks. You must hand in the Thesis to the Department's secretary (one copy) by the deadline, which is 30 November (for State Exam in January/February) and 30 April (for State Exam in June).
  4. Both the seminar (AJ19700 - B.A. or AJ29700 - M.A.) and the minor Thesis itself (AJ19750 - B.A. or AJ29700 - M.A.) 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 if the Thesis meets the scholarly standards of your discipline. By entering "Z" in the IS for your minor Thesis, the supervisor accepts the Thesis, which then stays at the Department for archival purposes.