General information

The diploma examination process at The Faculty of Economic Sciences is regulated by Resolution No 7 of the Teaching Council of the Faculty of Economic Sciences University of Warsaw April from 15th 2020 regarding detailed rules of the diploma examination process with the annexes (Annex D – Layout pattern of the diploma thesis).

The resolution is a list of practices, applicable to the diploma examination process, used on the Faculty for many years.

It is a clear guide for students and supervisors to the rules and requirements for the diploma thesis.

Diploma seminars

Student can choose the diploma seminar from the list of seminars available at the program. The list of diploma seminars dedicated for the program and the level of studies is specified by EUH (head of the educational unit, at the Faculty of Economic Sciences it is The Vice-Dean for Students Affairs).


EUH informs about the offer of available seminars before the opening of the registration to the seminars.


Registration for the seminar is possible if there are free places.


Student can change the diploma seminar. The change is possible from the next semester. In specific situations, EUH can agree to change the diploma seminar during the semester.


 Student who is readmitted to studies to finish the thesis chooses the diploma seminar from the list of available diploma seminars at the moment of readmission. Cooperation with previous supervisor requires the supervisor’s approval.


Student who takes part in the Erasmus+ program or equivalent can suspend the participation in the diploma seminar. The suspension requires unregistering from the diploma seminar for the time of scholarship and registering again after returning. The willingness to return to the diploma seminar should be reported in the Students Office before the opening of the registration for the diploma seminars. Student can change the diploma seminar after returning. EUH can register the returning Student for the previous diploma seminar if the limit of 22 people per supervisor was not exceeded.


The academic teacher who runs the seminar is the thesis supervisor at the same time. In case of two (or more) teachers who run the seminar, one person or more people act as the supervisor.


The supervisor’s duty is to elaborate the concept of the thesis with the student and to control its correctness and realisation period.


Recommendations for the diploma thesis

Thesis subject:

  • is specified during the arrangements between the supervisor and the student,

  • should correspond to the program of the studies,

  • can be interdisciplinary connected with other scientific disciplines.


Thesis title:

  • should be an information about the theme and field of thesis,

  • should be approved by the supervisor.


Licencjat degree thesis and magister (master) degree thesis can be issued in traditional form or as a scientific paper.


Thesis defended on the program conducted in Polish can be written in Polish or in English. Thesis defended on the program conducted in English must be written in English.


The thesis can be written by two students. All authors submit the statement which contains the substantive and percentage input to each chapter of the thesis. The input of each student is equal - 50% in case of thesis in traditional form and no less than 40% in case of thesis in form of article (taking into account 20% input of the supervisor). In the review (in the comments section), the supervisor must prove that the collaboration of the students is reasonable.


The thesis can use parts of term papers from other subjects from studies although these parts should be extended with the supervisor’s guidance. The student submits the relevant statement about using part of term papers and about the contribution in its creation (the statement is similar to the one submitted in case of thesis written by two students).


Requirements for the diploma thesis issued in traditional form

Licencjat degree thesis:

  1. must have clearly specified research goal and can contain research hypothesis,

  2. must use the current scientific literature - national or foreign,

  3. must show the readiness of the graduate to conduct scientific research,

  4. must use the research instrumentarium presented during the studies or wider,

  5. can have a form of in-depth, descriptive paper based on literature or own research presentation, although if it is based on source literature, the presented material is required to be autonomously constructed and interpreted,

  6. in case of traditional thesis, it should be around 50 pages of traditional typescript long (100 000 signs including spaces).

Magister (master) degree thesis:

  1. must contain research hypothesis and clearly specified research goal,

  2. must use the current foreign scientific literature, referring to the theory, methods and empirical outcomes

  3. must show the ability of the graduate to conduct research autonomously

  4. must use the research instrumentarium presented during the studies or wider,

  5. must be a presentation of the graduate’s own research

  6. in case of traditional thesis, it should be around 80 pages of traditional typescript long (160 000 signs including spaces).

Additionally all the diploma thesis must meet the formal requirements specified in Annex B and Annex D of The Resolution.


Thesis written in the form of scientific article

Thesis (licencjat and magister) can be written in the form of scientific article, following the rules:

  1. Text of the article has the structure typical to scientific articles from this area (around 10 000 - 12 000 words).

  2. The scientific article should contain the annex which can present wider the literature overview, used research method and the results. The annex is a form of guide for the supervisor and a proof that the student analised those elements of the thesis.

  3. There is no requirement regarding the compatibility of language used in the article and in the annex.

  4. There is no requirement of publishing the thesis before the defence.

  5. The supervisor can be co-author of the article (in part no bigger than 40%), the annex has to be written by the student independently.

  6. The fact that the thesis is written in the form of scientific article has to be mentioned in the thesis review.


Evaluation of thesis

Thesis are evaluated by the supervisor and the reviewer (reviewers), based on the rating scale from the review form, specified for licencjat and magister thesis in the annex A.

Questions in the review form refer to the requirements for thesis. Points in the form have auxiliary character.


Thesis are rated according to the below rules although half grades are permitted:

  • Outstanding work (grade 5!) - thesis that significantly exceeds program of the studies, contains important input to the science and can be published in recognised scientific journals.

  • Very good work (grade 5) - thesis that significantly uses content specified in the curriculum, which fully meets the requirements for thesis.

  • Good work (grade 4) - thesis which uses content specified in the curriculum in a moderate way and meets the requirements for thesis in major part .

  • Sufficient work (grade 3) - thesis sufficiently uses content specified in the curriculum, partly meets the requirements for thesis.

  • Bad work (grade 2) - thesis insufficiently uses content specified in the curriculum, meets the requirements in a small extent, contains major substantive errors which effect in incorrect conclusions.


Bad work is directed to correction in field and term agreed between the supervisor and reviewer (in the comment section of the review). The period for corrections is not shorter than one month. Student and/or the supervisor inform EUH in writing in case of the decision about not making corrections.


In case of positive grades - if they vary in at least 1,5 - the supervisor can submit a request to EUH to appoint a second reviewer.


Each thesis is checked in anti-plagiarism system. The supervisor directs the thesis to be checked in the anti-plagiarism system available in UWTA. In situation when the report shows many similarities to other works, the supervisor is obliged to withdraw the thesis and call the student to correct the work. Thesis in which the copyright infringement was found can not be a base to obtain the right to proceed to the degree examination. Student can obtain the right to proceed to the degree examination after submitting new thesis in next study cycle.


The reviewer of thesis written by two students, apart from the meritum evaluation, evaluates also each student’s input and added value which is an outcome of collaboration in writing the thesis.


Review forms (templates) are uploaded to UWTA (University of Warsaw Theses Archive).

The grade from thesis is the arithmetic average of the grade from the supervisor and the reviewer (or both reviewers according to condition from § 4 s.5).


The reviews of the thesis are uploaded to the UWTA by the supervisor and the reviewer. The person who uploads the thesis to the UWTA, confirms it at least three days before the degree examination term.


Thesis can be directed to different types of contests, according to the rules of those contests. In particular, magister thesis can be directed to A.Semkow contest, organised by the Faculty of Economic Sciences.


Thesis submission

The procedure of submitting the thesis

STEP 1

The student sends a diploma thesis by e-mail to the Student Office, to the person who administers the given program and year of study. On this basis the Student Office creates a repository place in UWTA / USOS system for the thesis. 

The thesis contains the supervisor's statement signed by hand (signature scan) or digitally, as well as the Author's statement. 

The electronic file must have an appropriate name (according to the table below). Thesis in digital version is in editable format (e.g. * .doc, * .odt, * .txt) and / or in * .pdf with the possibility of searching and copying the text.


STEP 2: 

After creating a repository place in UWTA / USOS, the student uploads the diploma dissertation. To upload the thesis, at the USOSweb page, from the NEWS tab, select the item: UWTA - Archive of diploma thesis and perform the following actions:

  1. Log in and open the MY THESIS tab, then click on the thesis title.

  2. Enter the following data:

  • title in English

  • summary

  • keywords

Then confirm the data: SAVE THESIS DATA.

  1. Upload the thesis in "pdf" format.

  2. Then select "Forward for approval by the supervisor".


STEP 3: 

The student provides a complete set of documents to the Students Office. Those are:

  • diploma thesis printed in two copies on both sides, including the first three pages on the right hand side. Soft binding, with transparent front cover. The name of the field of study should be entered correctly.

  • application for resumption of studies in order to defend the thesis (if applicable)

The student does not fill out the circulation card, the card is issued at USOSWeb by the Students Office. The student at the time of submitting the thesis should be accounted with the Faculty’s Computer Laboratory and Library, University of Warsaw Library, Centre for Foreign Language Teaching and Physical Education and Sports Centre.

The student pays for the diploma fee to the individual fee account, which the Students Office records in USOS. The student pays for the diploma in Polish and, on request, a copy of the diploma in English.


STEP 4

The supervisor immediately after uploading the thesis by the student, submits the thesis to be checked with the JSA anti-plagiarism program available in UWTA / USOS. The program checks the thesis for the non-compliant use of other people's intellectual property. If the report does not raise any objections, the supervisor immediately accepts the JSA report and next - thesis in UWTA / USOS. The supervisor is obliged to print out the anti-plagiarism report, sign it and deliver to the Students Office until the time of the thesis defence.


STEP 5

The Student Office enters the names of the reviewers in UWTA / USOS system as soon as they are indicated by the Head of the Teaching Unit. Acceptance of the thesis in UWTA / USOS by the supervisor, makes it automatically available for review in an electronic version. The Students Office also provides reviewers with paper copies of the thesis. The supervisor does not receive a paper copy of the thesis.


STEP 6

The supervisor and reviewer upload their diploma thesis reviews to UWTA / USOS, not later than 3 days before the planned thesis defence. The Student Office prints out the  reviews while preparing documents for defence. There is no other way to provide a review than through UWTA / USOS system.

Students who have submitted their diploma thesis but have not defended it, submit their willingness to defend the thesis to the Student Office (according to the academic calendar).

File names with thesis. Due to the requirements of the thesis archiving system, files containing the thesis should be given a name strictly according to the following formula: type of diploma-pesel, where:

  • "type of diploma" means the diploma code from the USOS dictionary (see table below);

  • "PESEL" is the student's PESEL number (or artificial PESEL for foreign students);

  • "roz" is the file extension: .pdf – for Acrobat format, .doc – for Word document.

Files names must be written  in upper case characters, can not contain spaces or Polish characters (ą, ć, ę, ł, ń, ó, ś, ż, ź).


Table of the codes of diploma thesis

Type of diploma

Studies in Polish

Title

2400-LIC-EM

1st degree, field of studies ekonomia, major ekonomia międzynarodowa

bachelor diploma

2400-LIC-EP

1st degree, field of studies ekonomia, major ekonomia przedsiębiorstwa

bachelor diploma

2400-LIC-FIR

1st degree, field of studies finanse, inwestycje i rachunkowość

or

1st degree, field of studies finanse i rachunkowość

bachelor diploma

2400-LIC-FIR-FPiP

1st degree, field of studies finanse, inwestycje i rachunkowość, major finanse publiczne i podatki

or

1st degree, field of studies finanse i rachunkowość, major finanse publiczne i podatki

bachelor diploma

2400-LIC-IE

1st degree, field of studies informatyka i ekonometria

bachelor diploma

2400-LIC-EK

1st degree, field of studies ekonomia, major międzykierunkowe studia ekonomiczno-menedżerskie

bachelor diploma

2400-LIC-EK

1st degree, field of studies ekonomia, major międzykierunkowe studia ekonomiczno-matematyczne

bachelor diploma

2400-MGR-EK

2nd degree, field of studies ekonomia, studia zaoczne

master diploma

2400-MGR-FIR

2nd degree, field of studies finanse, inwestycje i rachunkowość

or

2nd degree, field of studies finanse i rachunkowość

master diploma

2400-MGR-FPP

2nd degree, field of studies finanse, inwestycje i rachunkowość, major finanse publiczne i podatki

or

2nd degree, field of studies finanse i rachunkowość, major finanse publiczne i podatki

master diploma

2400-MGR-IE

2nd degree, field of studies informatyka i ekonometria

master diploma

2400-MGR-EM

2nd degree, field of studies ekonomia, major ekonomia międzynarodowa

master diploma

2400-MGR-EP

2nd degree, field of studies ekonomia, major ekonomia przedsiębiorstwa

master diploma


Type of diploma

Studies in English

Title

2400-LIC-FII

1st degree, field of studies finance, investment and accounting (finanse, inwestycje i rachunkowość), major Finance and International Investment (finanse i inwestycje międzynarodowe)

or

1st degree field of studies finance, international investment and accounting (finanse, inwestycje międzynarodowe i rachunkowość)

bachelor diploma

2400-MGR-IEC

2nd degree, field of studies economics (ekonomia), major international economics (ekonomia międzynarodowa)

or

2nd degree, field of studies international economics (ekonomia międzynarodowa)

master diploma

2400-MGR-QF

2nd degree, field of studies finance, investment and accounting (finanse, inwestycje i rachunkowość), major quantitative finance (finanse ilościowe)

or

2nd degree, field of studies quantitative finance (finanse ilościowe)

master diploma

2400-MGR-DS

2nd degree, field of studies informatics and econometrics (informatyka i ekonometria), major Data Science

or

2nd degree, field of studies Data Science and Business Analytics (data science i analityka danych)

master diploma

 

Examples of file names:

  • Bachelor thesis of part-time student with PESEL No. 39130103333 in Word format: 2400-LIC-EK-39130103333.doc

  • Master thesis of part-time (weekend) students with PESEL No. 12073013333 in Acrobat format: 2400-MGR-EK-12073013333.pdf

  • Master thesis of student of English-language studies: International Economics with the PESEL number 12073013333 in Word format: 2400-MGR-IEC-12073013333.doc 

  • Master thesis of English-language student Quantitative Finance with the PESEL number 12073013333 in Acrobat format: 2400-MGR-QF-12073013333.pdf


The degree examination

The exam board includes: chairman, member, supervisor and reviewer. Secretary can also be included in the exam board. Each person can perform only one function. The secretary has no right to ask questions and judge the answers.


Thesis defences are as a rule conducted on-site. In special cases they can be conducted in a remote mode, using the video conferencing software.


In case of thesis defences conducted on-site in special cases the supervisor or the reviewer can take part in the defence via videoconference or via telephone using speaker and the student via videoconference. In case of thesis defences conducted remotely all the exam board members and the student are using the video conferencing software and are seeable and hearable.


The task of chairman, member, reviewer and supervisor is to formulate three questions together.


The degree exam is oral. The defence takes around 30 minutes together. The student after getting acquainted with the questions have 5-6 minutes to prepare draft of the answer.


During the degree examination (thesis defence) on each level of studies the student answers three exam questions.

The questions concern: 

1) basic conclusions from the thesis, 

2) content specified in the curriculum 

3) and content of the thesis.


The answer to question from the content specified in the curriculum verifies the general knowledge regarding the chosen subject or few combined subjects.


The answer to question from the content of the thesis verifies if the student can refer to the objections from the review, it also shows the autonomy of the conducted research or rates the knowledge of subjects connected directly with the thesis.


The answer to the question regarding basic conclusions from the thesis rates the way of presenting the results of the work, verifies the understanding of field of study content, specified in the curriculum and the subject of the thesis and the added value that results from the thesis.


The aim of the degree examination is to rate the general knowledge of the field of study content specified in the curriculum, communication skills regarding the own scientific achievements, critical rating of the possessed knowledge and the content received.


The degree examination is conducted in Polish or in English for students studying on program conducted in Polish. The degree examination is conducted in English for students studying on program conducted in English.


Deadlines

All missing schedules will appear shortly as they are being currently updated. Please make sure you check the schedules for most recent updates before your defence.

Schedule:

The schedule may change. The official day and time of thesis exams will be confirmed by Miss Sylwia Kulczyńska via email. 

You are expected to show up at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled defense time.

For deadlines of degree submission and degree examinations please refer to the For students > Academic calendar.

There are 2 regular periods of degree exams (thesis defense):

1. June/July (if thesis is submitted by the deadline in June), and
2. September (if thesis is submitted by the end of August)

In case you pass all the courses, but fail to submit and defend your thesis in either of the two periods/, you will be officially discontinued from studies.

A person who has fulfilled all the requirements set out in the study curriculum except for obtaining credit for the last cycle of the degree seminar due to the failure to submit a thesis envisaged in the curriculum may apply for resumption of studies without the requirement to make up curricular differences within the non-extendable period of two years of being removed from the list of students. The Dean may decide on specific terms of completing the degree seminar, after consulting the student's thesis supervisor. In the event of the student's re-removal from the list of students, resumption of studies shall be possible only on the general resumption rules, including the requirement to make up curricular difference.

The degree exams are additionally arranged in December (if you submit thesis in November), then in February (if you submit in January) and in April/May (if you submit in April). And then again in two regular periods: June and September.

   

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