You must complete your Research Master's programme by writing a Research Master's thesis (30 EC) 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.
The thesis should be written in correct and clear English. Subject to approval by the programme coordinator students in the Comparative Literary Studies programme may be permitted to write their thesis in French, German, Italian, or Spanish if this is appropriate to their topic and specialisation. The thesis will normally be around 30,000 words long and may be no longer than 40.000 words (including notes and bibliography). You will have to submit your thesis proposal for approval to the programme coordinator, the supervisor, and second assessor by 1 March or (in the case you started in February) 1 October. You are also expected to attend regular thesis labs.
See more detailed information on deadlines and procedures Guidelines and procedures Master's thesis (pdf).