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BA Thesis English Language and Culture


Admission requirements

You write your bachelor’s thesis in the last semester of your degree programme. You must have completed at least the first two years of the programme. For full-time students, this means that you must already have earned approx. 130 EC (or will do so in the near future). For part-time students this means approx. 140 EC. Following the thesis seminar is obligatory.


You conclude the bachelor’s programme by writing a thesis. Once your thesis has been approved, you will receive a mark. If you wish to have an evaluation meeting with your supervisor, you can request one.
The thesis is worth 10 ECTS and must be between approx. 7,500 and a maximum of 10,000 words in length, including footnotes, bibliography and appendix.

** For tips, a more detailed description of the procedure and for more information about graduation, see the website. Please note that the deadline to submit the topics of your choice is 20 August when you write your thesis in the first semester and 10 January when you write your thesis in the second semester.

Course objectives

To be determined in consultation with the supervisor, according to the Course and Examination Regulations (OER). See the website website.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

Obligatory Library instruction, thesis seminar and independent research.
You can also use this digital module from Leiden University Libraries at the start of your thesis.

Assessment method


Independently written bachelor’s thesis.

The thesis will be assessed on at least the following aspects:
a. an adequate formulation and application of the research question;
b. an adequate critical analysis of secondary literature;
c. an adequate critical analysis of source material;
d. use of language, structure and design of the thesis.

You have to submit the final version of the BA thesis by e-mail to your supervisor and second reader. When doing so, you have to put the e-mail address of BAthesis in cc. If the supervisor and/or second reader request a paper copy, the student should hand in a paper copy to the supervisor and/or second reader.


The thesis counts for 100% of the mark.


If your bachelor’s thesis does not demonstrate the learning outcomes, you can resit it once. You must submit the revised version before the end of the first month of the following semester. For more information, see the website.

Discussion of thesis

At student’s request.

Reading list

In consultation with supervisor.


The thesis request form and plagiarism statement are available from the Education Administration Office or through the website.


  • For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Student administration Arsenaal


Not applicable.