Form of work (rules identical for bachelor and master theses):
The work should meet the formal requirements for scientific work. It must therefore have:
- title page (should contain: Institute of History of the Jagiellonian University, author’s name and surname, title of the work, academic title and name and surname of the promoter
- table of contents (on the title page as the first numbered page),
- proper content, which consists of: introduction (here objectives, explanation of the topic and its possible limitations, description of the structure, discussion of literature), 2-5 chapters (and possibly subchapters) and ending (summary of the work and answer to questions)
- bibliography (at the end of the work) divided into: sources, studies and (possibly) websites.
- correctly written footnotes (with continuous numbering in the whole work, at the bottom of each page).
- if there are maps in the work diagrams or illustrations, their list should be at the end of the work after the bibliography.
The work can be written one or two-sided (in Word or equivalent eg Open Office) font 12, spacing between verses 1.5, which in effect should give about 1800 characters on the page. In addition to the cover page, all pages numbered at the bottom in the middle (in the case of one-sided works, of course, we only number recto pages).
The work should be submitted to the secretariat at least 7 days before the defense in electronic and printed form (the printed copy is returned to the author).
Although the bachelor thesis at our Institute is the result of an exceptionally long two-year seminar, the emphasis should be placed rather on the student demonstrating the practicality of writing (ie problem-solving skills, techniques of correct material gathering, correct formulation of thought and discipline in writing) on the scientific or research side of the enterprise.
When writing a bachelor thesis, the student should:
- (using the promoter) select and formulate the title of the job correctly. It would be expedient for the subject to be of such an original character that the work would be independent and its creator would not be able to use ready-made studies.
- carry out a query to the extent that allows him to develop a topic. The collected literature should include selected major works in English available on a given topic. It is advisable (especially in the case of a topic from general history) to include studies in foreign languages. Also, sources should be used (in English or in foreign languages). However, this is not a necessary requirement, but its fulfillment should affect the higher than average work evaluation. Of course, it is difficult to specify the number of items that must be included in the bibliography, but it can be expected that in the case of a bachelor thesis used at least 30 books or articles.
- (with the help of a promoter) be able to create a correct structure and fill it with content consistent with the objectives.
- write a job with an appropriate style and correct application of terms relevant to the subject matter covered
- make footnotes and bibliographic records correctly
- be able to draw rational conclusions from their work
Because the student must demonstrate the ability to master a larger material (he has previously had contact with essays), the bachelor thesis should count at least 40 normalized pages.
Although in terms of form, the master’s thesis does not diverge from the bachelor thesis, the requirements for its substantive content are greater.
- the subject taken by the student must be original. They should cover areas and issues that are scarce or have not yet been developed. The work should have cognitive values.
- the query must have a broad character, the author should not only strive to collect a set of works in English related to the subject, but also to reach for foreign language studies available in English libraries and library resources offered via the Internet. It is necessary to use sources (at least translated into English, although it is also advisable to reach for sources in original languages)
- the structure of the work due to its research character and size should necessarily be more developed. Footnotes must be more numerous. The author should not avoid polemic with the views of researchers
- the work should be written in an appropriate style and with the correct application of terms relevant to the subject matter covered
- conclusions drawn should be well-developed and well-motivated
The master’s thesis should, in principle, include about 80 normalized pages, but in the case of works with particularly high scientific values, the number of pages may be smaller.