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Academic Writing

For written assignments as part of your WU studies, you can expect

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

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

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

  • the evaluation of written assignments within the regular period (Bachelor's theses within one month, Master's theses within two months, and doctoral/PhD theses within four months of submission). You get feedback on the quality of your work, and how this is reflected by 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 assignments, and take an active role in making the necessary contacts.

  • endeavor to make good progress with your assignment 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 the help of others or using any unauthorized resources. Use correct citation, indicating the sources of any information taken directly or indirectly from other publications/the Internet.

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

Further information

Bachelor's Thesis guidelines

Master's Thesis guidelines

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