Master's thesis

You complete your programme by writing a Research Master's thesis that is based on original research. A Reseach Master's thesis is a scholarly text in which you are expected to contribute, on the basis of independent research, to a debate within your discipline.

The central research question should be clearly formulated at the beginning and its relevance to scholarly discussions within the discipline set out. The body of the text should show how you went about trying to answer this question, why you proceeded the way you did, and what your findings were. In your conclusion you should analyze your findings in the light of your original question and explain the broader implications of your conclusions.

Thesis requirements

The thesis should be written in correct and clear English. The thesis will normally be around 30,000 words long and may be no longer than 40,000 words (including notes and bibliography).

More detailed information on deadlines and procedures can be found in Practical thesis information (pdf).

Assessment

The thesis will be assessed and graded by the supervisor and by a second assessor who has not been involved in the supervision. The Programme Coordinator appoints the second assessor. 

Forms and procedures master's thesis

Your Master's thesis will be assessed following specific evaluation procedures. You can prepare for this by reading the following documents and explanations prior to starting your thesis.

Thesis Archive

Once your thesis has been completed and approved, you will need to upload the final version and, if so desired, publish it in the thesis archive via Osiris > Cases. Choose Archive & publish thesis - Follow-up Case and Archive your thesis.