The thesis or dissertation is a document which is submitted at the end of the third semester in support of candidature for the academic degree 'Informatics & Multimedia'. The thesis should present the author's own research and findings and should be presented as an academic document with appropriate structure and style. Each thesis is supervised by a thesis or dissertation committee, consisting of a primary supervisor or advisor and two or more committee members. Co-supervisors may also be assigned to a thesis following the recommendation of the primary supervisor. Thesis advisors and co-supervisors are responsible for the progress of the dissertation, while the other two members act as the examiners or jury, at the oral examination of the thesis. In cases deemed appropriate one member of the committee may be affilitated to another academic institution or research centre. The examination normally occurs after the dissertation is finished but before it is submitted to the university, and may comprise a presentation by the student and questions posed by an examining committee or jury. The result of the examination may be given immediately following deliberation by the examiners (in which case the candidate may immediately be considered to have received his or her degree), or at a later date, in which case the examiners may prepare a defence report that is forwarded to the postgraduate program's committee of postgraduate studies, which then officially recommends the candidate for the degree. Potential decisions (or "verdicts") include:
- Accepted / pass with no corrections - The thesis is accepted as presented. A grade may be optionally awarded.
- The thesis must be revised - Revisions (for example, correction of numerous grammatical or spelling errors; clarification of concepts or methodology; addition of sections) are required. One or more members of the jury and/or the thesis supervisor will make the decision on the acceptability of revisions and provide written confirmation that they have been satisfactorily completed. If, as is often the case, the needed revisions are relatively modest, the examiners may all sign the thesis with the verbal understanding that the candidate will review the revised thesis with his or her supervisor before submitting the completed version.
- Extensive revision required - The thesis must be revised extensively and undergo the evaluation and defense process again from the beginning with the same examiners. Problems may include theoretical or methodological issues. A candidate who is not recommended for the degree after the second defense must normally withdraw from the program.
- Unacceptable - The thesis is unacceptable and the candidate must withdraw from the program.