Completing Master's Studies

Contact for Questions Related to Completing Master's Studies

If you have already registered in order to graduate your Master's studies and have questions concerning this, please e-mail abschluss@phil.uzh.ch.

Requirements for Completing Master's Studies

  • When you enroll for the semester please make sure that your program goal (major and minor study programs) is entered correctly. The legal basis for this is the Regulations Governing Matriculation and Semester Enrollment (RüMIS) (PDF, 194 KB).
  • Check to make sure you have earned all the ECTS credits required for each study program at the appropriate level (Master's) and that you can meet the deadline for submitting grades (1 August for the Spring Semester and 20 January for the Fall Semester). Exams and repeat exams must be taken in the course of the semester you are graduating in (i.e. by 31 January in the Fall Semester and by 31 July in the Spring Semester); otherwise you cannot graduate. You'll find information on transferring ECTS credits to your degree in the General Section of the Program Regulation.
  • If you are doing a second course of study, you must get approval for transfer of credit for the minor study program from Student Services, and enroll correctly for a credited minor study program. Please contact Student Services (Student Administration Office) if you have questions on enrollment.

Master's Thesis: Tips, Forms, Templates, and Printing Guidelines

Information on the Master's Thesis

  • The Master's thesis is a compulsory module. The Office of Student Affairs will make a binding booking for this module on the basis of the dates specified in the booking form, and will check whether you have kept to them.
  • You must complete the booking form further down this page along with your principal supervisor, and have it signed and stamped by the relevant institute or department. Please enter the name of your principal supervisor in the appropriate field. This person must be an authorized examiner (authorizations for examinations). With the consent of your principal supervisor you also have the option of specifying a further supervisor (who need not be an authorized examiner) in the appropriate field. Then you must submit the form to the Office of Student Affairs (scanned signatures will be accepted, and you can send the form by e-mail). Supervision of Master's theses is governed by §8 of the General Section of the Program Regulation and in the Authorizations for Examinations.
  • You must submit your Master's thesis to your supervisor for evaluation at the latest by the submission deadline specified in the booking form. Find out from your supervisor in good time what form your thesis has to be submitted in.
  • A Master's thesis is generally 50 to 90 pages long (150,000 to 270,000 characters). Make sure the title page contains all the necessary information in accordance with the template for the title page of the Master's thesis (DOC, 45 KB). Please also find out from your institute or department whether it expects you to meet any additional formal requirements.
  • The expert report on your Master's thesis must be written by no later than the report deadline specified on the booking form, signed by hand (scans not permitted) by your principal supervisor, and sent to the Office of Student Affairs. If you are already in your semester of graduation, the Office of Student Affairs must receive the expert report by 10 January (graduating in Fall Semester) or 10 July (graduating in Spring Semester) at the latest.
  • One copy of the Master's thesis you submit must be bound in accordance with the Zentralbibliothek Zürich (ZB) guidelines. Please submit this copy to Student Services. If you are already in your semester of graduation, you must hand in the bound copy of your Master's thesis to Student Services by 10 January (graduating in Fall Semester) or 10 July (graduating in Spring Semester) at the latest.
  • The Office of Student Affairs will check to make sure that you have complied with the information specified in the booking form and grade the Master's thesis module accordingly. If you failed to meet the specified deadlines it will be deemed a failed attempt (graded fail). The compulsory Master's thesis module can be repeated once. If there are compelling grounds you can use the form below to apply for the dates to be changed.

Forms for Master's Theses

Booking your Master's thesis (PDF, 191 KB)

Printing guidelines (PDF, 3426 KB)

Plagiarism statement (DOCX, 50 KB)

Master's thesis for the first minor (PDF, 562 KB)

Application to change module for Master's thesis (PDF, 210 KB)

Templates

German template for the title page of the Master's thesis (DOC, 45 KB)

English template for the title page of the Master's thesis (DOCX, 59 KB)

 

Printing guidelines for the Master's thesis

You'll find the printing guidelines for the Master's thesis here.

The following printing and bookbinding services can print Master’s theses according to the Zentralbibliothek Zürich guidelines: Printing and bookbinding services. This list is updated regularly.

Registering for Graduation for Your Master's Degree

Registration deadlines

Please register for graduation for your Master's in the summary of credits during the following periods:

  • Spring Semester: 15 to 30 March
  • Fall Semester: 15 to 30 October

The deadlines are legally binding and must be adhered to. No exceptions will be granted.

How to Register

  1. In the summary of credits click the button to register for graduation. This way you will be automatically registered for your major and minor study programs. You may need an additional registration form for a faculty-external minor study program (see below).
  2. Immediately after correct online registration you will receive an automatically generated confirmation by e-mail that your registration has been noted in the system. You will not receive further confirmation.
  3. If you have problems registering for graduation, please notify the Office of Student Affairs immediately, and within five working days at the latest, by e-mailing abschluss@phil.uzh.chThe e-mail has to contain a screenshot of the error message and show where and when you logged in. We will not consider queries and inquiries received later than this.
  4. Since Spring Semester 2016 any language courses you complete at the Language Center, and since Fall Semester 2016 proof of the Latin and Greek requirement, have been automatically recognized.
  5. You cannot graduate if you do not earn the ECTS credits required for the study program or do not meet the curricular requirements. 
  6. For legal reasons, provisional confirmations of degrees cannot be issued.
  7. All correspondence will run via your personal UZH e-mail address (firstname.lastname@uzh.ch). Please make sure that your UZH e-mail account is functioning properly.
  8. Make sure that you are matriculated under your correct name and postal address. You can change your personal data any time via the online services up to but not later than the last day of your semester of graduation. Names on your final records can't be changed after the dispatch.

Faculty-External Minor Study Programs

Please note the additional terms for registration for graduation for your faculty-external minor study program:

  • Minor study program at the Faculty of Science: Once the registration deadline has elapsed you will receive by e-mail a registration form for your minor study program; you must complete this form, sign it, and return it to the address specified in the e-mail.
  • Minor study program at the Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Informatics: No additional registration is required for the minor study program. For information please visit the website of the Dean's Office of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics.
  • Minor study program at the Faculty of Law: Once the registration deadline has elapsed you will receive by e-mail a registration form for your minor study program; you must complete this form, sign it, and return it to the address specified in the e-mail. For information please visit the website of the Dean's Office of the Faculty of Law.
  • Minor study program at the Faculty of Theology: No additional registration is required for the minor study program.

Important Information on Completing your Master's Studies

Compulsory Matriculation

The matriculation requirement also applies in your semester of graduation. In other words you must be enrolled for the major and/or minor study programs in which you want to graduate.

Latin and Greek Requirement

If you want to complete a major or minor study program with a Latin or Greek requirement and have acquired the necessary language skills in the course of your studies, please check to make sure your summary of credits includes a Latin or Greek module. If not, send the original and a copy of the certificate showing you have acquired the language skills to Student Services immediately. Latin or Greek certificates acquired at the UZH Language Center during or after Fall Semester 2016 were recorded automatically towards the end of the semester and do not have to be sent in.

General Studies

Please note that modules for general studies cannot be credited to more than one study program and must be acquired at the appropriate academic level. It is also not possible to split a module (for example a 2-ECTS-credit module cannot be split and one ECTS credit assigned to each of two study programs). Courses offered by the Center for University Teaching and Learning are not accepted. If there are any language courses offered by the Language Center that you completed by Fall Semester 2015 for general studies which are not yet recorded in the system, please send the original and a copy to Student Services before you register for graduation for your Master's. Since Spring Semester 2016 any coursework you complete at the Language Center has been automatically recognized.

University-External Minor Subject/Minor Subject Mobility

If you do a major study program at UZH and minor study programs of up to 60 ECTS credits at another university (outgoing mobility), the other university must confirm completion for the credit to be transferred to the UZH degree with an overall grade (and if applicable an academic record or transcript of record). Additional information is available under Mobility.

Deregistering (Withdrawing Registration)

If, once you have registered for graduation for your Master's degree, it emerges that you will not be able to complete one or more academic achievements for your degree within the specified period, please deregister in writing immediately to the Office of Student Affairs (withdrawal of registration; signed scan e-mailed from your UZH e-mail address). You must register again for the next graduation date within the regular registration period. Withdrawal of registration cannot be canceled.

Dispatch of Final Records

The Office of Student Affairs will send the final records latest in calendar week 12 for graduation in the Fall Semester and latest in calendar week 38 graduation in the Spring Semester; they will be sent by registered mail to the address recorded in the system (as of 31 July or 31 January as applicable). Please make any changes of address in good time (by 31 January in Fall and 31 July in Spring Semester) via online services.

Please also note the following:

In the week of the dispatch the Office of Student Affairs will send an e-mail to your UZH e-mail address (firstname.lastname@uzh.ch) informing you that your final records are being sent by mail. Confirmation of graduation for your Master's degree is not possible ahead of time.

Final records returned by the post office must be picked up from Student Services during counter opening hours starting two weeks after the dispatch by you in person, or by a person with official ID power of attorney bearing your original signature. In each case the person picking up the final records must produce official ID (ID card or passport). Returned final records cannot be forwarded under any circumstances.

For questions related to final records, please write to abschluss@phil.uzh.ch.

Master's Graduation Ceremony

The dates of the next Master's graduation ceremonies are as follows:

  • Fall Semester 2018: Friday, 15 March 2019, 6.00 to 6.45pm, followed by drinks in the Lichthof 
  • Spring Semester 2019: Friday, 20 September 2019, 6.00 to 6.45pm, followed by drinks in the Lichthof 

The Master's graduation ceremony will be held on the UZH City Campus in a room specified in the invitation.​ An invitation to the graduation ceremony containing details of the precise time and venue will be sent to successful graduates at their personal UZH e-mail address (firstname.lastname@uzh.ch) the week before the ceremony at the latest.

Each graduate may bring two guests to the graduation ceremony.

 

Registering for Graduation with Additional Major or Minor Subject Mobility

If you are doing an additional major or are enrolled at another Swiss university and are doing only one minor study program at UZH (incoming mobility), please complete the form below and have it checked and signed by student advisory services at the institute or department in question. Please submit the form at the latest by 31 January (for graduation in Fall Semester) or 10 August (for graduation in Spring Semester) to the Office of Student Affairs.

Registering to complete additional major/minor subject mobility (PDF, 127 KB)