Master's thesis

Thesis Practice Track

In the Middle Ages student-craftsmen had to show their master that they were really capable of building a decent piece of furniture or forging a fine example of ironwork themselves before they were allowed to enter the guild of their profession. Writing a final thesis is in fact a comparable exercise. Packed with the knowledge and skills you have acquired and expanded during your MA it is now time to show whether you indeed may call yourself a Master in International Relations.

Objectives

  • Independently gaining and assessing empirical and theoretical knowledge on a specific topic at an expert level
  • To present research results in a clear and well-structured way in writing and at an expert level
  • Independently conducting self-initiated research at an expert level and on the basis of a
    • Self-developed relevant and well-marked research question
    • To be answered through an autonomous exploration of relevant sources in combination with a legitimate method of research

Supervision

Thesis supervision takes place within the framework of so-called Thesis Kitchen Tutorial Groups. TKTGs start in February and in September. The lecturer coordinating your TKTG is also your supervisor. The Thesis Kitchen Tutorial Group intends to guide you through the thesis writing process without any delays.

Research Thesis, Research Track

When writing a research thesis we expect you to offer something extra. Your 'piece of furniture or ironwork' should apart from decency also show some eloquence. In other words your research should not only be more extended, but also show a higher level of analysis including a more expanded use of sources, including an extensive amount of primary sources (archival material, interviews and resolutions, declarations, proceedings and policy-papers from the internet).

Objectives

  • Independently gaining and assessing empirical and theoretical knowledge on a specific topic at an expert plus level
  • To present research results in a clear and well-structured way in writing and at an expert plus level
  • Independently conducting self-initiated research at an expert plus level and on the basis of a
    • Self-developed relevant and well-marked research question
    • To be answered through an autonomous exploration of relevant sources, including an extensive amount of primary sources, in combination with a legitimate method of research

Supervision

You will be supervised on an individual basis by one of the lecturers of the Research Tutorial within the framework of a Research Thesis Kitchen Tutorial Group. For further information on how to write a proper thesis, see our history research guide: http://ong.wp.hum.uu.nl/en/

Procedures and grading

Your thesis will be graded by two evaluators, who will fill out the evaluation form separately and come to a final grade after joint consultation. Once you have handed in the final version of your thesis, the evaluators have 10 working days to evaluate the thesis and inform you of the final grade. In cases in which the first and second evaluator cannot agree on the final grade for your thesis, a third evaluator will be approached and consulted by the first evaluator. You will be given notice by the first evaluator that a third evaluator has been employed and that the grading period of 10 working days will be extended by another 10 working days. The third evaluator evaluates the grades of the first and second evaluator by examining their provisional grades and argumentation. The judgement of the third evaluator is binding. If the third evaluator agrees with the other two evaluators on the proposed grade (if all evaluators agree), no further argumentation is needed. A brief explanation will otherwise suffice.

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.