The Master’s thesis is the critical and final test of the SaSR-programme. It is written in the form of a research article for an international scholarly journal, and is supervised by staff members who are senior fellows in various research programmes within the Social and Behavioural Sciences.

Thesis defence

The thesis defence takes place at the end of the second year in May. During the defence, a member of the board of studies will also be present. You will answer questions regarding your thesis.


The final grade for the thesis is determined by the board of studies in close consultation with the thesis supervisor. The grade will be based, among other things, on the degree to which the thesis appears publishable in an international, peer-reviewed journal. A standard form for the evaluation of the thesis has been developed by the board of studies.

Ethical review

From 1 September 2020, all Bachelor's and (research) Master's students must have their thesis project ethically reviewed by the FERB through the online tool UU-SER. More information about the procedure and associated protocols can be found on the Student Ethics Review & Registration Site (UU-SER) website.