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Master Thesis Seminar I - Summer Semester - JEM124
Czech title: Master's Thesis Seminar I - (Summer Semester)
Guaranteed by: Institute of Economic Studies (23-IES)
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Actual: from 2014
Semester: summer
Points: 6
E-Credits: 6
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:0/2 C [hours/week]
Capacity: unknown / unknown (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
State of the course: cancelled
Language: Czech
Teaching methods: full-time
Additional information:
Note: předmět je možno zapsat mimo plán
povolen pro zápis po webu
při zápisu přednost, je-li ve stud. plánu
Guarantor: prof. Ing. Michal Mejstřík, CSc.
doc. PhDr. Tomáš Havránek, Ph.D.
PhDr. Mgr. Zuzana Havránková, Ph.D.
Incompatibility : JEM001
Interchangeability : JEM001
Is incompatible with: JEM001
Is interchangeable with: JEM001
Where is subject used    Examination dates   Schedule   Noticeboard   
Files Comments
download 2_FAQ.pdf FAQ about master thesis seminars
download 2_FSV_deadlines.pdf Academic calendar for current academic year
download 2_SIS_manual.pdf SIS manual for students
download 2_SIS_manual_4advisors.pdf SIS manual for advisors
download 2_SIS_Q&A.doc FAQ about handling your thesis in SIS
download 3_IES_thesis_proposal_example.doc Example of master thesis proposal
download 3_IES_thesis_proposal_template.doc Template for master thesis proposal
download 4_Handbook.pdf Handbook on writing thesis at IES
Last update: PhDr. Mgr. Zuzana Havránková, Ph.D. (20.02.2014)

The course is dedicated to the students starting to work on their diploma thesis. The seminars are organised as individual consultation on the first come, first served basis.
Last update: PhDr. Mgr. Zuzana Havránková, Ph.D. (20.02.2014)

McCloskey, D. (1999). Economical Writing. Waveland; 2nd edition.
Strunk, W. & E. B. White (2000). The Elements of Style. Longman; 4th edition.
Williams, J. M. (2010). Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace. Longman; 10th edition.

Requirements to the exam
Last update: PhDr. Mgr. Zuzana Havránková, Ph.D. (20.02.2014)

Check regularly yymmdd_jem124 file, where your fulfilled requirements are noted. To finish the course you must fulfill the following minimum requirements:

1. Attendance: You must attend all three seminars.

You must come to all 3 seminars. If you study abroad for the entire semester, you are free from this requirement, but you still have to send us details on your progress (several paragraphs; please be concrete) on the day of the seminar. The exact dates of your seminar will be specified in the file "seminars_dates" below. If you cannot attend your seminars at specified date, you can switch with your colleague but need to inform us in advance.

2. Proposal: You must send us your thesis proposal (by email before the first seminar and, when approved after the first seminar, in hardcopy with your's and your supervisor's signature).

You must send it by email before the first seminar (that is, you should find your topic and your supervisor before the first seminar). We may ask you to make some adjustments; in that case, always send us also the new version. Once your proposal is approved at the seminar, print it, get your supervisor's signature, and deliver the signed proposal to Tomas Havranek's box at the IES (box #2). If you currently study abroad, you still have to send proposal by email and hand in signed final version (ask your supervisor to deliver the signed proposal; scanned version is acceptable for students abroad as well). We should have your signed proposal before the third seminar at the latest.

3. First Part: You must send us the first part of your thesis by the end of June (at least 15 pages of solid text).

You must send us at least 15 standard pages (27ths. characters including spaces, excluding the abstract, cover pages, references, proposal, and appendices) showing that you are capable of producing an academic text. Everything you send us is automatically checked for plagiarism. This first part must be approved by your supervisor (no official approval is required) and cannot be sent later than by the fixed deadline of June 30, 2014. 

Rules of communicationYou are required to send 2 documents to pass the course: the thesis proposal and the first part of the thesis. All e-mails should be sent to all of the following addresses:,,

  • Send the proposal as yoursurname_proposal.doc; the subject of the e-mail must be: JEM124 Proposal (Yoursurname), use proposal template below. 
  • Send the first part of the thesis as yoursurname_firstpart.pdf; the subject of the e-mail must be JEM124 First Part (Yoursurname).

Always send the current version of your thesis in advance, at least a day before the seminar starts. A few days after the deadlines an xls file will be published on this webpage to indicate students that passed the requirement.

You are eligible for credits only if you fulfill all the course requirements and convince us that you are capable of writing a good thesis by mid-May. Always check for official deadlines in current academic year on FSV web or here.

Please, take your time and go through a few good theses (= awarded by the Dean) which you can find on the website. Most of them include thesis proposals---this is the best inspiration for you and it will answer a lot of your questions. Read the documents "Academic Writing" and "Handbook". Your thesis will be evaluated according to its quality, not number of pages, but you have to fulfill the minimum requirements of the Faculty (50 standard pages from the Introduction to the Conclusion for theses written in English). If you think about writing your thesis in LaTeX, there is a template created specifically for the IES (attached below). Empirically there is a significant correlation between the usage of LaTeX and the final grade.

Last update: PhDr. Mgr. Zuzana Havránková, Ph.D. (20.02.2014)

Students are distributed into 4 groups according to the file "seminars_dates", each student is assigned three specific dates for seminars to attend. For each seminar please prepare a short (5 minutes) but concrete talk. Content of the seminar:

  1. seminar - defense of the thesis proposal with hypotheses. What is your contribution to the research literature? What have you done on the thesis sofar?
  2. seminar - detailed description of the methodology you plan to use to test your hypotheses. What have you done since the last seminar?
  3. seminar - defense of the first part of your thesis. What have you done since the last seminar? What is the detailed plan for the next semester? You must convince us that you are capable of writing a good thesis by the end of the year. Send the first draft of your thesis in advance.
Registration requirements
Last update: PhDr. Mgr. Zuzana Havránková, Ph.D. (20.02.2014)

Deadline for students to upload thesis projects into SIS UK is February 14, 2014. Please note that the topic of your thesis must be confirmed by your supervisor in the Student Information System one year before the thesis defense at the latest. If you want to defend your master thesis at the end of the Winter Semester 2014/2015, the deadline is February 14, 2014. Send the proposal to, and until February 14, 2014 (electronic form is sufficient) at the latest. You can choose from a list of offered topics or come up with your own topic and contact a suitable advisor. Please note that the supply of advisors is limited, and most of them apply the first-come, first-served rule. Once again, it is extremely important that you have your topic approved by your supervisor, registered in SIS and you send us thesis proposal by February 14. Use the module "Thesis (Selection of subject)" to assign to your topic. If your topic is not in the list, tell your supervisor to publish the topic and then assign to it. 

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