Final State Examination
Final state examination dates and the date for thesis submission are set out by the Academic year schedule.
Final state examinations are organized twice a year - in the spring and in the autumn semester. Students register for the final state examination in the Topic list in the IS MU.
The final state examination consists of the two following, separately assessed parts called Bachelor Thesis Defence and subject Academic discussion.
Students are obliged to register for the final state examination during the semester in which they met their study obligations or in the semester immediately following (see Subsection 23 (1), MU Study and Examinations Regulations), otherwise your studies will be terminated. In case your studies is interrupted, you have to contact the Office for International Relations and apply for activating your studies on time. The fact that your studies is interrupted does not relieve you from the obligation of registration for the Final state examination! This is required also of students with unfavourable thesis evaluation (unacceptable – grading F) – the final thesis grading is determined only by the examination board.
You may sit the Final State Examination only after all the study obligations have been met, i.e. you have passed all the exams and obtained all the credits prescribed for your study programme (see your Recommended Study Plan) and you have obtained the minimum of the total number of credits required for the whole study, which is 180 ECTS.
Academic obligations, set by the Recommended study plan, must be finished 3 days before the final state examination at the latest. Failing to do so, your registration will be cancelled (see Subsection 5 in DIRECTIVE No 8/2019).
The final state examination that you registered for without prior excuse or your excure is not accepted, you will be evaluated „-“. In this case it is not possible to open a new archive and you have to defend the originally uploaded work when having the resit.
Should you fail the Final State Examination, you are obliged to register for a resit for dates determined by respective departments, not later than by the end of the semester immediately following after the semester in which your state examination overall result was unacceptable (see Subsection 22(7), MU Study and Examinations Regulations). In the time period between the unsuccessful final state examination and remedial date (resit date), your studies are automatically interrupted by the Dean. You only resit the specific part of the Final State Examination where your grading was unacceptable. Neither The Higher Education Act nor Internal Regulations of Masaryk University make it possible to recognize the Final State Examination Results attained in previous studies. Neither is it permissible to automatically enter the result of one Final State Examination in concurrent studies.
An official document of completion for each part of the Final State Examination is not issued as these form an integral part of the state examination. Failure to complete all the parts results in failure to complete the Final State Examination as such. Completion of the Final State Examination (i.e. of all its parts) is documented by a diploma and a diploma supplement.
The schedule of the Final State Examination will be shared on the department web pages.
The schedule is binding. You are requested to be present at the site of the exam at least 30 minutes before you are due to take the exam. Failing to appear means you will not be classified and you will have wasted one attempt unless you bring a confirmation from the doctor proving your health problems. This must be delivered within 5 working days from the state examination date. Please note that there is no possibility to reschedule the exam. Also, please note that not taking or not passing the exam will mean that you will have to prolong your studies with all consequences arising from the Study and examination regulations and your study contract.
Information about the process of Final State Examination
Schedule of the Final state exam dates
- I. regular Final state exam date
- II. regular Final state exam date
Content of the Final state exam
In the academic year 2019/2020, the form of the state final examination was modified in order to follow the international customs and standards common at foreign universities. The state examination will continue to consist only of the defence of the final thesis and further of the academic discussion. The total length of the state examination will be 45 minutes.
The Final State Examination starts with the defence which includes:
a) presentation of the thesis by the student (15 minutes) – the presentation should be prepared in PowerPoint. We would suggest you practise it as the time limit cannot be exceeded.
b) evaluations on the thesis by examination board (5 minutes) – the board will be reading both supervisor's and reviewer's evaluations.
c) the thesis defence and discussion about the thesis (10 minutes) – the student reacts to comments and questions of the board.
The academic discussion, which takes 15 minutes, will be focused on the topic of the defended thesis and its content will cover the compulsory courses of the given study program. The list of these courses together with the thematic fields (for some programmes) is listed below.
After the exam, you will be asked to leave the room for the commission to discuss your result. You will then be called back and the chairman will tell you whether you have passed or not and what grades you got for each part.
Those of you who will not pass the exam will be given a chance for a resit. Study and examination regulations require that you use the nearest possible opportunity, which will come during examination period of the next semester. Your studies will be interrupted until the resit day, unless you meet the requirements for being enrolled in the following term.