The Master Thesis AI is a mandatory part of the master programme, in which you conduct research at a high level.
1. Thesis submission deadline
You will now all have the same start and end date for their thesis project. For the academic year 2020-2021 the date are as follows:
2. Thesis Fair information
AI Thesis Fair Information Night: 11 September, 2020. Invitations will be sent out in email.
3. Number of EC
All students will be undertaking a 48EC thesis.
Only students who enrolled in 2018-2019 or before are eligible to apply for a 36EC (as long as students have 42 EC of compulsory components and at least 18 EC of restricted-choice elective components).
4. Thesis Extension Form
If students require an extension, they will need to complete a Thesis Extension Form that can be found on their DataNose project page.
5. No defence
Defences will no longer be taking place from this academic year. For more details please see section 6.
The DataNose team has already updated the DataNose page of the thesis AI following the changes to grading for 20/21. If you started before Sept 2020, you have the option to choose how you want your thesis graded, either with a defence or with the new system (review and rebuttal). Please consult with your supervisor/examiner about what is best for you.
Step 0.1: Registration
You need to register for this course. The registration for this course follows the same procedure for other courses which is available at https://student.uva.nl/ai, under the A-Z list, ‘course registration’.
In order to register you will need to have successfully re-enrolled for programmes for the upcoming academic year. It may take up to two working days for your re-enrollment to be processed.
Please ensure that you are registered for the MSC AI thesis before starting your thesis.
Step 0.2 Permission and Personal Study Plan
You may start with the Master Thesis if your personal study plan has been approved by the Examinations Board. Please fill in your personal study plan in SPA (unless you already have an (old) PEP form approved by the Examinations Board) to ask the Examinations Board for approval of your personal curriculum.
In order to graduate your personal study plan needs to be approved by the Examinations Board. If you have doubts or questions regarding your programme, you can make an appointment with your Study Adviser.
Due to COVID-19 the 2020 AI Thesis Fair will be held online.
AI Thesis Fair Information Night: 11 September, 2020. Invitations will be sent out in email.
About the Fair:
The AI Thesis Fair is an opportunity for you to meet with up to 10 organisations and discuss their offered projects with the hope that you will match with one of them.
In order to participate in the Fair you must vote for 10-15 organisations on DataNose. The organisations include local and international companies, startups, government agencies, and non-profits. You vote on individual projects and then the organisation appears on your voting ranked list. This ensures you have at least 10-15 organisations that you rank.
The projects are available on DataNose and you vote for the projects you are interested in. A schedule will be generated for you based upon your ranked top 15 projects.
Thesis Marketplace (voting)
There is a Thesis Marketplace integrated in Datanose which provides you with available projects. Voting will start on Friday, 11 September at 17:00 and close on Friday, 18th September at 17:00. You will be able to vote on the same page as the Marketplace and you will be able to vote on projects which are of interest to you. In order to prepare for voting, please start reviewing the projects here: https://datanose.nl/#program[MSc%20AI]/projecttemplates
In total, you can vote on 15 organisations. When arranging the speeddating schedule we will aim to match you with the companies and projects coinciding with your votes. Unfortunately, we will not be able to secure a speeddate with every company you voted for. Please note that there is a chance you will not be able to meet with some of your top organisations if they are overly popular. You will also be likely scheduled to meet with organisations you initially did not vote for. Go into each speeddate with an open mind, many successful and interesting projects have come out of such speeddates.
The committee will comprise of:
Your UvA supervisor can act as your examiner if they are on the list of examiners. In this case you will need to find a second assessor for your project.
Two separate members of staff are required to complete the grading of the thesis. The external supervisor will act as a mentor, advisor to the student.
Here are the definitions of each role:
Role Supervisor (for an internal project): The supervisor for internal projects is a staff member, postdoc, or PhD student at the Faculty of Science (FNWI). The role of the supervisor is to provide periodic supervision about the thesis. This includes day-to-day supervision and scientific guidance of the project. The supervisor also deliberates with the examiner regarding the grade. In the case that the supervisor is a PhD student, the PhD student will work alongside a staff member at the Faculty of Science (FNWI).
Role Mentor (for an external project): Used to be called external supervisor, it is now named mentor to reduce confusion as only the UvA Supervisor can grade. The primary role of the mentor, in this case, is an advisory role there to provide high-level guidance and to provide input for the organisation's project material. Sometimes they may provide scientific support if they are also researchers or experts. The mentor will not have a part in the grading procedure but can provide insight into the actions and behaviour of the student during the process.
Role Examiner: The examiner is a staff member or postdoc at the Faculty of Science (FNWI). The role of the examiner is to provide an independent assessment of the quality of the thesis. This includes reading the thesis, asking questions, and deliberating with the supervisor regarding the grade. The examiner is not involved with direct supervision of the student but can be involved indirectly, e.g. to guide the supervisor in the process, or to co-author a publication. The examiner must be pre-approved by the Examination Committee and be on the list of examiners.
The role of examiner can be done by your UvA supervisor (so long as they are on the list of examiners. If your UvA supervisor takes on the role of examiner you will need to find a second assessor.
How to find your Supervisor:
Please use the document available on Canvas as a guide to finding your supervisor.
When searching for a Supervisor please use the following protocols:
How to find your Examiner:
A new system has been developed to find Examiners for your project. You do not need to find an examiner for your project. If an examiner has already been linked to your project as examiner please add them to your project page on DataNose.
It is mandatory to fill in an online Master Thesis Contract in DataNose your Master Thesis project. We highly advise that you complete this page together with your Supervisor as soon as you start your project.
You will be asked to complete the ‘Base Data’ form:
You will then be required to upload your ‘Project Description’. This description can be the same description found on the Thesis Marketplace.
Please keep the following points in mind during your research project.
Follow the time scheme described in your Master Thesis Contract (in DataNose). DATES HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED
Make sure that you complete unfinished courses as agreed in your Personal Education Plan.
Milestone 1: The Thesis Contract
The Thesis Contract is a form in Datanose. For details on the contract see step 2.2 above.
The students working on the 48 EC thesis have their thesis contract due in week 10 of their thesis. This translates to the first week of January, as students should start their 48 EC thesis in block 2 starting in November.
The students who started their master programme are eligible to choose between the 48 EC or 36 EC thesis. The thesis contract of the 36 EC thesis is due in week 4 of their thesis. For example students who start their 36 EC thesis at the beginning of January should have their contract due at the end of January.
Milestone 2: The Thesis Proposal
The goal of the thesis proposal is to ensure that you have a solid understanding of the existing literature, what you are trying to research, and how you are planning to do your research before diving deep into experimentation. In other words, ensuring that you have a sound research design.
The Thesis Research Proposal is due 18 weeks after the start of the thesis for 48EC students (Due 9 weeks after the start date for 36 EC students).
You will submit the Thesis Research Proposal on your project page on DataNose.
When you upload you proposal you will need to check the following components:
The proposal should have the following sections completed:
The content of this proposal can be reused for your final thesis.
Discuss your proposal with your supervisor before uploading it to Datanose on your thesis project page, using the 'submit proposal' on the upper right of the page. This is not evaluated or graded. It is just to ensure you are on track.
Datanose or uploading problems?
If this option is not available, then this is a Datanose issue, please use the 'feedback' button on the lower right of your Datanose thesis project page, stating that you are missing this option. The Datanose team will then ‘update’ your page re-enabling this option.
“COVID update: Under normal settings your thesis proposal is used during the thesis sessions. Since there are no thesis sessions this year due to COVID-19, we will not go through the designs this year. You will need to submit a Thesis Proposal and it is a step in the DataNose process and therefore required in order for you to be able to submit your final thesis. For feedback, we recommend you go through the Thesis Proposal with your supervisor to ensure you are on the correct path to complete a successful thesis.”
When writing your thesis, please use the standard title page below.
The UvA Scripties Online database offers previously written Theses from former students of the master AI. You can use this database to find examples.
Thesis submission deadline
You will now all have the same start and end date for their thesis project. You will be able to ask for an extension if required. If you do not complete an extension form and go over the stated end date, you will be subject to a grade penalty.
For the academic year 2020-2021 the date are as follows:
If you require an extension for your thesis you are now required to complete a These Extension Form. You can find this form on your DataNose project page under the ‘Actions’ menu on the right side of the project page. You can also find the Extension form using this link.
To complete the form you will need to choose from a list the reason for the need for an extension as well as a proposed new end date. This will then be sent to the MSc AI Thesis Coordinators who will approve or reject the extension based on the information provided as well as accept or propose a new end date. The form may also be sent to the study advisor if required (based on which reason is selected).
The form must be completed by the Wednesday (week 27) before submission (or three working days before submission). The form must be submitted as soon as the relevant issue arises, not at a later date. The deadline for the academic year 2020-2021 the deadline for the Thesis Extension Form is: Wednesday 30th June 2021.
If your extension has been approved, your end date will be updated on your DataNose project page. The late submission grace period of 2 months will start from the new end date, after which the grade penalty will be in effect (if no further extension form is submitted).
The grade penalty system
If you go past the outlined end date on your project page and do not submit an extension form you may be subject to a grade penalty. The grade penalty system is as follows:
Step 6.1: Evaluation
The grade is determined by the committee members and will be found on DataNose.
The examiner has to register your grade with the ESC Servicedesk.
The document below lays out the evaluation rubric. This is used as a guide by your Thesis Committee members to determine your final grade.
At this point you have the choice to accept the grades and receive your final grade. If you do not accept the grades then you can submit a rebuttal. The rebuttal is optional.
Step 6.2 Rebuttal
This year you will have the opportunity to complete a rebuttal after you have received your grade. The rebuttal will be done through the evaluation system on DataNose. The rebuttal form will be completed by the supervisor, examiner and student. The rebuttal will provide detailed feedback and give you the opportunity to give clarifications or explanations to questions asked by your thesis committee in your evaluation form. You will have the chance to have your grade changed.
This rebuttal is optional.
The rebuttal consists of 4 parts:
This will then lead to a final grading to take place jointly between the supervisor and examiner.
The timeline is as follows:
You can find the rebuttal form here:
Graduation procedure AI
For information on graduation procedure and dates, please follow the link Graduation Procedure AI below.
If you have any questions regarding graduation and diplomas you will need to contact the Education Desk FNWI.
You can contact them at E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (If you contact the Education Desk FNWI by e-mail, please provide your studentID and your master’s programme).
You will also find more information at Applying for your diploma "step by step"