You must complete the 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. 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 RMA Thesis Guidelines (pdf).
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. More detailed information on assessment criteria and writing a reader’s report can be found in:
- Writing a RMA Thesis (doc)
Digital thesis archive
You are required to upload your Master’s thesis to Utrecht University Library's digital thesis archive. This archive is also an interesting reference point to see what your fellow students have submitted. You can search or sort through it by faculty or study programme.