Theses and State Final Exams
With the Master's thesis, the student demonstrates that he/she is able to solve and present, both in oral and written forms, given issues and to defend his/her own solutions.
Important guidelines for Master's theses:
- Rector's Guideline no. 72/2017 Format, submission and publication of theses
- Guideline no. 7/2018 Format, submission and publication of theses at FIT BUT
Further information on the thesis:
The scope of the Master´s thesis without enclosures is indicated in the table below:
|Number of standard pages|
|Minimum number of pages||50|
|Usual number of pages||80-100|
|Maximum number of pages||120|
The term standard page (sp) is defined in the document on writing a scholarly work (1 sp = 1800 characters including spaces).
Technical report of a semester project must be roughly half as long as diploma thesis as seen in the table above. It is submitted after winter semester in PDF format by clicking the project title and into the "Semester report" field in the "registration - Diploma thesis registration and submission" section of IS FIT. It is necessary to also fill in abstract and keywords (in both Czech and English). The technical report has to be submitted at least a week before the defense.
If a semester project is not followed up with a diploma thesis within the same academic year, then on top of submitting the technical report to FIT IS, it is necessary to submit a standard storage medium with the same contents in electronic form to the supervisor, much like with the diploma thesis (see below).
The additional information about semester project defense are available on the individual board notices in the information system. The length of the defense is about 5 minutes. After the defense, additional 5 minutes are reserved for discussion. It is highly recommended to stay during the defenses of other students. Other requirements are similar to the requirements for diploma theses defense (see below). Time and a place of the defense is going to be available in the thesis assignment in the IS FIT.
Requirements for submission
Submit the Master´s thesis in two copies, each including the signed declaration. The copy intended for archiving must be bound in a manner that prevents disintegration. We recommend to use covers of semi-hard paper, dark (blue, grey), with an envelope including a CD/DVD/SD glued on the back cover allowing for repeated use of the CD/DVD/SD. The author's login or name must be written on the CD/DVD/SD. The copy for inspection at the FIT library before the defence, which will be returned to the student after the defence, may be bound in a manner that allows disintegration (e.g. comb binding). If you have obtained the Vice-dean´s consent to deferred publication of the thesis due to an obstacle (the publication may be deferred by 3 years at most), the second copy must also be bound in a manner that prevents disintegration (and with the enclosed storage media) - this copy is not intended for inspection, but to be sent to the Ministry after the defence.
In addition to the printed thesis, the student must also submit the following in the electronic form:
- text of the thesis in PDF (in the FIT IS);
- source text (including all the requirements necessary to create a PDF format);
- full documentation (installation manual, user manual, circuit diagram etc.);
- source text of the programmes (binary programmes must be translated from source texts);
- all computer programs in executable form.
Before submitting your thesis, please make sure that all used sources are properly cited. If any code snippets were used, state that also directly in the text of the thesis (not just in the source file).
All computer programs should be compilable and executable in the CVT FIT environment. If this cannot be achieved in justified cases (e.g. if the necessary SW or HW is not installed at the Computer Centre, or if you have produced a new piece of HW), the student must demonstrate the functioning product to the opponent.
The complete electronic version must be submitted on a non-rewritable storage medium CD-R, DVD-R, DVD+R in the ISO9660 format (with the RockRidge and/or Jolliet) or UDF or SD (Secure Digital) card in the FAT32 or exFAT format, with a re-write protection in place.
Before handing in the paper form of the thesis, it is necessary to hand in electronically in the FIT IS!
Submitting in the FIT IS
Upload the full text of the thesis in PDF in the FIT IS: OpenOffice can be saved in PDF directly, in MS Word it can be saved directly as well or the students can install the free PDFCreator and print the document with the virtual PDFCreator printer.
The resulting document should have the size in units of MB at most, if it has several dozens of MB, there has been an error. The text probably includes pictures with too high resolution.
In IS, save the thesis at tab Enrolment, Master's thesis registration and submission, click to your assignment and get the submission form. In addition to the document, you also need to fill in the abstract and keywords both in English and Czech or Slovak, and indicate that you agree to publication of the thesis. Students of a programme accredited in English and Erasmus students can fill in both fields in English. The entire content of the storage media must be saved on https://nextcloud.fit.vutbr.cz/ and a link for sharing must be filled in the form. If you fail to do so, the thesis will not be considered submitted.
After filling in all the requisites and inserting the necessary files, it is necessary to check the check boxes that it has been checked that the work contains the obligatory requisites, and finally the check box, by which the whole work will be handed in. After handing in, it is not possible to change anything in the work. Therefore, please check everything carefully before checking this box and saving changes!
State Final Examination
The State Final Examination (hereinafter referred to as SFE) is the official completion of the study and consists of two parts. The first one is the defense of the Master´s thesis and the second one is the exam on course questions. Both parts of the exam are oral. The SFE is described in Articles 22 to 27 of the BUT Study and Examination rules.
A state final examination may be taken if a student has performed all study duties prescribed by the study plan of the programme, obtained the required credits and submitted a Master´s thesis, as applicable, within a set deadline. Students apply for SFE at IS FIT by registering ISZ (it is among the courses in the registration form, however it is an application for the state final examination, not the course).
The course of SFE is being determined by Guideline No. 11/2018 Rules of State Final Examination in Bachelor's and Master's Studied at the FIT BUT. The process and the and announcement of the SFE results are public.
By taking the examination, student demonstrates knowledge of thematic areas, which are announced annually (Thematic areas for state final exams MIT 2019/20 in CZ).
Defence of the thesis
You will bring the presentation for the defence at a flash drive. You can use a template for LaTeX, Powerpoint (you will need to adjust it, for example add the numbering of slides), or you can use other template. The title slide should contain the information about the author (name and surname), title of the thesis and a name of the supervisor. Do not forget to add numbering to the slides (current slide number/overall number of slides). If you plan on including a video in Your presentation, it should be included directly in the presentation. If it is not possible, consult this fact with the defence group administrator in advance. You have 8 minutes for Your presentation.
For the up to date information, please check the DIPe course card.
Last update: 2021-01-19 12:03:37