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Academic writing

When required to do written work at WU, students can expect

  • course instructors to indicate clearly what the assignment entails, and when it is due. This includes requirements with regard to content, quality and form of the work.

  • instructors to be available on a regular basis (e.g. during scheduled office hours) to discuss the students’ progress, answer questions and offer guidance.

  • WU to support them in various ways (e.g. by offering courses in academic writing and exercise courses, by providing information material, etc.).

  • the evaluation of written course work within the regular period (bachelor theses within one month, master theses within two months and dissertations within four months of submission). Students get feedback on the quality of the work, and how this is reflected in the grade. The evaluation process of all theses includes a plagiarism check.


WU expects you to

  • show initiative when looking for supervisors and suitable topics for your work, and take an active role in making the necessary contacts.

  • endeavor to make good progress with your work and keep in regular contact with your supervisor(s) to make sure you are still on track and to discuss further steps.

  • write all the papers you submit in the course of your studies yourself, without using any unauthorized resources. Use correct citation, indicating the source of any content taken directly or indirectly from other publications or the Internet.

  • only hand in work for grading that fulfills the pre-defined standards with regard to content, quality and form, thus fulfilling the academic standards set by WU. All theses have to be submitted electronically on LEARN.


Further information

Guidelines Bachelor's Thesis

Guidelines Master's Thesis