Before the colloquium

The final part of the assignment consists of preparations for the final version of the thesis and the colloquium. The colloquium itself is the conclusion of the Master’s assignment, during which you will defend the Master’s thesis before the committee and interested others. Please note that you can only graduate if you have also completed all other parts of the ChE Master programme!

When you are in the process of finalizing your assignment and planning your colloquium, sign-in to Mobility Online and check if anything has changed in the title or committee that you filled in before the start of the assignment and follow the procedure described here. This should be done at least a month prior to the colloquium (including holidays). One month is required to comply with the meeting frequency of the Board of Examiners and is required for S&OA to generate a diploma. S&OA will give her consent and provide a list of grades. You should check this grade list for correctness and completeness. This list can be adapted, only until a week before the colloquium and only based upon formal written evidence from grade slips, formal official grade lists by S&OA and official emails.

Additionally, upon completion a digital version of the final Master’s thesis has to be handed over to S&OA-TNW.

The Master’s thesis

  • The thesis must be written in English.
  • The number of printed theses has to be conferred with the mentor of your Master’s assignment committee. Reproduction of the report (copying and binding) has to be conferred with the secretary of the research group.
  • A digital version of the thesis has to be sent to S&OA. The Master’s theses are required for the accreditation of the study programme.

Points for evaluation

  • Contents and structure (contents, introduction, summary, illustrations, clear formulation)
  • Language and style (is it suited for the people who should read it)
  • Discussion and conclusion of results plus recommendations for future work
  • References, list of symbols, description of the experimental set up, etc.

The colloquium

  • The sheets for the colloquium must be in English.
  • The presentation should be given in English. Exceptions can be made by the chair of the research group.
  • The presentation is primarily meant for the scientific members of the research group (and possibly the research partners or clients) and in second place for other interested parties such as fellow students, family, etc.
  • The speaking time should be approximately 30 minutes; the defense afterwards lasts approximately 10 minutes. Exceeding the 30 minutes of presentation limits the time for the defense. However, this too is an essential part of the colloquium to be taken into account in the overall evaluation.


  • The student is responsible for planning the colloquium with all committee members present.
  • A location for the colloquium can be arranged after consent of S&OA. (All courses have to be completed. Otherwise presentation of the diploma is not possible!) Along with the formal application for the Master’s exam, the arrangements for the colloquium can be made. On the application form called “Application MSc Colloquium”, the estimated number of attending persons and preference for location has to be indicated.
  • The student is responsible for arranging the required presentation material (beamer, pointers, lights, etc.) at the arranged location for presentation. It is advised to check this in advance. (Consult the secretary of the group if necessary.)

Points for evaluation

  • Contents and structure
  • Message and media (selection of presented work considering the attending parties, functionality, readability)
  • Explanation of used methods and results (clarity)
  • Style of presentation and use of audio-visual matter (functionality, clarity)
  • Presentation skills (interaction with audience, speech, maintaining public’s attention, enthusiasm)
  • Discussion / answering questions.

After the colloquium

Directly after the colloquium, the Master’s assignment committee determines the final grade for the Master’s assignment and presents the diploma and the temporary grade list on which the mark for the Master’s assignment is still missing. After a few days, S&OA sends the final grade list with the mark for the Master’s assignment to the student’s home address.

The student may invite guests for a drink after the colloquium, which is up to the student and has to be personally arranged.

Sign out at CSA and DUO, and stop grants

S&OA will inform CSA about graduation of the official graduation dates. CSA will then inform DUO (only for Dutch students). For students that graduate during the academic year (ending in July), it is important to sign out of the programme/university directly after graduation at CSA. In this way, the student can apply for a refund of a part of the tuition fees. This can be arranged at CSA via this link from the end of the month in which graduation takes place and by means of an application form for tuition refunds. The application has to be submitted within a month after graduation.

Students personally have to stop their study grants. For Dutch students this means that they should personally take care of quitting “studiefinanciering” at DUO and turn in their OV-card.