Master's Dissertation

Regulatory framework

Art. 60 of the EEC

General procedure

The procedure below is valid for students of the English Master programmes of the FBE that defend their dissertation at the UGent.

Students registered in the International MSc in Rural Development have to comply both with the regulations of the FBE and the regulations of the international IMRD consortium as described in the Student Handbook and Student Agreement.

The Master's dissertation is scheduled during the final year of the standard learning track of the Master programme.

Course specifications

Subject

At the FBE, the following procedure for announcing and establishing the Master's dissertation subjects (in the first master year) is used:

  1. Before May: students get all necessary information (through programme or course coordinators) on the following topics:
  • organization and regulation of the Master dissertation
  • explanation on plagiarism
  • explanation on the research topics and projects in the departments involved in the master programme
  • announcement of the subjects
  • explanation on the possibility to propose one’s own subject
  • June: final deadline for establishing the subject, the promoter(s), the tutor(s) and the possibility to keep the results confidential by the study programme commission and the faculty board of June.
    If necessary, the subject can rather be defined as a research theme, which leaves the necessary freedom to fine-tune the subject in a later stage (e.g. depending on the data or material that can be collected from the home country during the holidays).
  • In March of the second master year: The Faculty Student Administration asks the promoters to submit electronically the final title of the Master dissertation, de promoter(s), the tutor(s), the confidentiality and a proposal for the members of the dissertation reading committee. These are treated by the study programme commission and faculty board of May.
  • The subjects are announced to the ZAP, AAP and WP staff of the FBE in order to give them the opportunity to express their interest to function as a member of the dissertation reading committee of one or more dissertations in advance.
  • Remark: In the second year of the Master of Science in Environmental Sanitation, three majors are offered (soil, water and air). The Master dissertation has to be linked to the major selected.

    Master's dissertation of two students with the same subject

    • A Master's dissertation by two students with the same subject is possible.
    • The work must be submitted in separate volumes.
    • The defence is individual, so separated in space and time.
    • For each Master's dissertation, a separate Board of Examiners is appointed, so a separate written assessment is required.
    • If a common title is used, this has to be complemented with a separate subtitle.
    • In the introduction of each Masters dissertation, the cooperation should be mentioned and the similarities and specificity of the work have to be identified.

    Counselling and feedback

    The student is entitled to get the necessary supervision and guidance, by means of a number of counselling talks during which all aspects of the work can be discussed. These talks can be organised at fixed points of time or after making an appointment. The promoter coaches the student actively during these counselling talks, during which both the scientific aspects and the learning process can be discussed.

    The student has to discuss and reach an agreement with the promoter(s) and the tutor(s) on the following topics:

    • availability (the starting date of the experimental work, working schedule during the week, availability during the first term first examination period, final date of the experimental work)
    • going abroad
    • possibility for scholarship
    • confidentiality
    • applications for the ethical committee
    • practical arrangements concerning the literature
    • feedback: the student is entitled to receive an interim evaluation based on the final competentences to be obtained (as listed on the assessment form used by your promotor).

    Problems concerning the availability of the student or concerning the availability of and the guidance by the tutor(s) or promoter(s) can be reported to the ombudsperson. He formally lays down the complaint in writing, and tries to find a solution.

    The student is ultimately responsible for the content of the Master dissertation.

    Written dissertation

    Defence

    The defences of the Master dissertations take place on the following dates:

    First examination period - First semester

    First examination period - Second semester

    Second examination period

    Nutrition and Rural Development

    Thursday 1 February 2018

    Friday 2 February 2018

    Wednesday 27 June 2018

    Thursday 28 June 2018

    Friday 29 June 2018

    Monday 10 September 2018

    Tuesday 11 September 2018

    Environmental Sanitation

    Thursday 1 February 2018

    Friday 2 February 2018

    Tuesday 26 June 2018

    Wednesday 27 June 2018

    Thursday 6 September 2018

    Friday 7 September 2018

    Food technology

    Thursday 1 February 2018

    Friday 2 February 2018

    Wednesday 27 June 2018

    Thursday 28 June 2018

    Friday 29 June 2018

    Monday 10 September 2018

    Tuesday 11 September 2018

    Aquaculture

    Thursday 1 February 2018

    Friday 2 February 2018

    Monday 2 July 2018

    Monday 10 September 2018

    Tuesday 11 September 2018

    Physical Land Resources

    Thursday 1 February 2018

    Friday 2 February 2018

    Monday 25 June 2018

    Monday 10 September 2018

    IMRD

    Thursday 1 February 2018

    Friday 2 February 2018

    Wednesday 27 June 2018

    Thursday 28 June 2018

    Friday 29 June 2018

    Friday 7 September 2018

    Monday 10 September 2018

    Tuesday 11 September 2018

    Manama Milieusanering en milieubeheer

    Thursday 1 February 2018

    Friday 2 February 2018

    Tuesday 26 June 2018

    Wednesday 27 June 2018

    Thursday 6 September 2018

    Friday 7 September 2018

    Manama Technology for Integrated Water Management

    Thursday 1 February 2018

    Friday 2 February 2018

    Wednesday 27 June 2018 (9:00-13:00 at Ugent)

    Wednesday 5 September 2018 (14:00-17:00 UA)

    IMETE

    Thursday 1 February 2018

    Friday 2 February 2018

    Monday 25 June 2018

    Tuesday 4 September 2018

    Wednesday 5 September 2018

    Thursday 6 September 2018

     

    Master of Science in Technology for Integrated Water Management

     

    The procedure below is only valid for students of the "Master of Science in Technology for Integrated Water Management".

    The Master's dissertation is scheduled during the second semester of the standard learning track of the Master's programme.

    Course specifications

    This programme is jointly offered by Ghent University (UGent) and the University of Antwerp (UA).

    Subject

    The following procedure for announcing and establishing the Master's dissertation subjects is used:

    1. Introduction day: students get all necessary information on the organization and regulation of the Master's dissertation, explanation on plagiarism, explanation on the research topics and projects in the departments involved in the master program, announcement of the subjects, explanation on the possibility to propose one’s own subject. This information is also posted on the programme website.
    2. 30 November: final deadline for establishing the subject, the dissertation supervisor(s), the tutor(s) and the possibility to keep the results confidential. These should be advised by the OC-TIWM and forwarded to the FSA-FBE and the Faculty Board of January.
    3. 15 April: final deadline for establishing the final title of the Master dissertation and the composition of the dissertation reading committee. These should be advised by the OC-TIWM and forwarded to the CKO and the Faculty Board of April.

    Counselling

    The student has to discuss and reach an agreement with the dissertation supervisor(s) and the tutor(s) on the availability (the starting date of the experimental work, working schedule during the week, availability during the first term first examination period, final date of the experimental work).

    The student is ultimately responsible for the content of the Master's dissertation.

    The student is entitled to get the necessary supervision and guidance, by means of a number of counselling talks during which all aspects of the work can be discussed. These talks can be organized at fixed points of time or after making an appointment. Problems concerning the availability of the student, or the availability of and the guidance by the tutor(s) or dissertation supervisor(s), can be reported to the ombudsperson. He formally lays down the complaint in writing, and tries to find a solution.

    Written dissertation

    • Size: A4
    • Colour cover: white
    • Paper copies: printed on both sides
    • Size & contents => course specifications
    • Confidentiality
    • Front page
    • Submission procedure:
      • In case the student is enrolled at UA, one copy must be handed in at IMDO. One copy must also be given personally to each dissertation supervisor, tutor and each member of the dissertation reading committee.

    Defence

    Check the dates, locations and times where the Master dissertation is to be defended in the table above.