A thesis or dissertation is one of the biggest tasks you have to face during our university years. Although in retrospect it may not seem like such a challenge for many of us, it can cause a lot of headaches before and during. However, these fears can easily be overcome by clarifying some frequently asked questions.
In short: nothing. It’s not the end of the world. In all academic and study matters, the best advice we can give you is to read the rules and ask the study department.
Generally, if you don’t get a signature for the consultancy subjects, you will have to take them again like any other subject. If the consultation was successful, but you have not completed the final version by the deadline, you will also be late with the final version, but you can still submit it at any time, within a specific timeframe.
At some universities you have almost no say in your thesis topic, because you are kind of assigned to someone and then given a topic. In that case, you can only hope and try to make the most of the topic you are given, with the minimum room for maneuver. After all, even a fixed topic can be written in many different ways. However, if you are one of those people who are given complete freedom to choose the topic, with the topic leader only guiding you through the process, we recommend you think carefully about what you are doing.
When choosing a topic, choose a question that is interesting but also well researched and will lead to a successful submission, feel free to ask your topic leader, who has all the right questions in the field. What’s more, they also know what a student can write well.
I’m sure you’ve heard some horror stories about unresponsive, unhelpful, passive consultants. You may be looking for a subject tutor who will let you create on your own, but if you want help and tips, it’s better to approach a tutor who doesn’t have a reputation for reading emails once a month. If, however, you’re in trouble and you have questions but feel like you’re being ignored, it’s best to approach them in person and ask for help. If everything else fails, you should be aware that under certain conditions you may be able to change consultants.