Master's Thesis

General information about master's theses

The Master's Thesis (TFM) comprises the production of an original academic work specifically written for this purpose, where students must individually apply the skills acquired throughout the programme under the supervision of one or more tutors. Depending on the profiles for each curriculum, the thesis shall enable the assessment of students' professional, educational and/or initial research abilities.

The information below covers each of the stages in TFM academic and administrative management in accordance with the Agreement of the Centre for Postgraduate Studies Management Committee whereby the internal regulations for writing and assessing master's theses at the University of the Balearic Islands are approved and which came into force in the 2020-21 academic year.

Master's Thesis Registration

Students must register for the TFM subject within the registration or extended registration deadlines set by the CEP before being able to move on to the next stages in the process. In turn, each degree may set the conditions and requirements to be fulfilled by students for registration on the TFM (where applicable, these requirements shall be stated in the TFM course guide and in the specific information section for each programme).

The maximum number of registrations to pass the TFM subject is four, plus one additional registration which shall be granted by the Centre for Postgraduate Studies management team upon approval by the master's supervisory team.

Where the viva defence of the master's thesis cannot be held in the same academic year as the initial registration year, an annual and consecutive registration may be granted for academic tutoring to undertake the viva defence. The registration for academic tutoring shall count as a second registration and, where students do not pass the TFM after the tutoring period, any subsequent re-registrations shall count as ordinary registrations.

In any event, where students undertake the TFM viva defence and are given a fail mark, they must request an ordinary re-registration and cannot request a registration merely for academic tutoring.

Assigning Proposals and Tutors

Each programme shall publish the list of proposals or general areas where students registered for the programme TFM may undertake their work. The proposals or areas shall state one or several lecturers who can act as tutors.

The proposals shall be assigned in line with the procedure established for each programme (where applicable, this procedure shall be included in the specific information section for each programme) and it is the responsibility of all tutors to ensure the academic quality of the TFMs.

Registration of the Master's Thesis Project

Registering for the TFM represents a learning contract between students and the tutor(s).

Once the TFM proposal is assigned to students, they shall formalise the registration of their master's thesis project within the deadlines set for each degree programme (please see the specific information section for the programme) via the following application: https://postgrau.uib.es/tfm which enables students to monitor their request.

Please bear in mind that the registration application should:

  • State the provisional project title (without the use of capital letters except where necessary)
  • State the tutor(s) name and surname(s), as well as their correct e-mail address (this should be checked carefully as this is the communication method where tutors shall accept tutoring of the TFM to finalise registration of the project)
  • Include an attached thesis script in PDF format not surpassing 100MB.

Submission of the Master's Thesis

TFM submission is deemed to be a thesis assessment request made by students.

The TFM may be submitted within the deadlines set for each programme (please see the specific information section for each programme) as long as the students' registration application has been accepted and they have paid the registration and admin fees.

Submission comprises a two-step process. Firstly, students must submit an assessment request over the following application: https://postgrau.uib.es/tfm, where they will be able to monitor the entire process. 

You need to take the following into account when filling in the form:

  • The thesis report must be attached in PDF format as per the regulations set for each programme (and not surpass 100MB in size)
  • The thesis cover must follow the format for the TFM cover established for UIB master's programmes
  • Where the thesis contains appendices in other formats (audio, video, etc.) that cannot be included in the PDF report, these shall also be attached to the electronic request form
  • Students must also fill in the TFM distribution licence to state whether they accept their work being available as open access or not in the institutional repository for public consultation.

The second necessary step to complete TFM submission comprises depositing the thesis in PDF format (in exactly the same manner as mentioned in the previous point) in the task section that the TFM supervisor has enabled for this purpose in the programme's TFM subject area on Aula Digital. The thesis shall be checked through plagiarism detection tools and a report produced and made available to each tutor and panel member when accepting the TFM submission, as well as in the assessment process by the panel. 

Master's Thesis Viva Defence

The TFM presentation and defence must be a public event where students make an oral presentation before a minimum three-person panel comprising the chair, secretary and one further member. Once the presentation is finished, the panel will open a Q&A session on aspects linked to the thesis.

The TFM viva defence shall be run within the deadlines set for each programme (please see the specific information section for each programme). In order to undertake the TFM viva, students must have passed all other necessary credits to be awarded the degree. Notwithstanding the above, students may defend their TFM with a maximum of one subject still to be passed, where this is allowed by the specific regulations for the TFM on the programme published on the respective website (please see the specific information section for the programme).

The programme may designate one or several TFM panels. Where the programme designates a specific panel for each TFM, this must be done within a maximum deadline of ten working days from the official submission date of the thesis. Once the designation is notified, the chair of the panel (or head of the TFM or programme management) shall convene the other members, tutor(s) and student to present and defend the thesis within ten working days at most.

In exceptional circumstances where the TFM contains information that could be deemed confidential, the presentation and viva procedure may be modified as per what is set out in article 10 of the Regulations for writing and assessing master's theses at the University of the Balearic Islands. In order for the TFM specifications subject to data or results protection processes to apply, students or tutors must make a reasoned request addressed to the CEP at the time of submission.

Resources for Master's Thesis Tutors

Since the first step to check for plagiarism comes from those tutoring theses, tutors are recommended to review the 'Resources on Academic Plagiarism and Turnitin' section on this website.

Guide for master's thesis tutors [ca]

Master's Thesis Assessment

Each programme shall establish its TFM assessment criteria, which shall be made public every academic year and be taken into account by the panel when grading the TFM (please see the specific information section for each programme). Once the TFM presentation and viva are finalised, the panel shall deliberate on students' attainment level and then award a mark for the thesis, which shall be included in students' academic records.

Resources on Academic Plagiarism and Turnitin.

Web resources from the UIB library: Definition, regulations and other topics related to plagiarism and how to avoid it.

Integridad académica y plagio (Academic integrity, plagiarism and how to include the ideas of others into our work): Author: González Teruel, Aurora - Date: 2019 - (Educational Innovation, University of Valencia) Video on YouTube

Information about accessing Turnitin reports: UIB Turnitin Webinar.