For the masters Banking and Finance, Financial Management, International Management, Business Development and Entrepreneurship, and Economic Policy.
Students of the master Law and Economics (MSc track) follow a slightly different path. Please check the L&E thesis procedure.
Kick-off event for each MSc programme will be organised in the week of 19-23 November. You will be informed about
- Potential thesis topics
- Potential supervisors
- Guidelines in case you want to propose your own topic
- Opportunities for a research internship in combination with your thesis
In principle, matchmaking with your supervisor is done before Christmas.
Period 3 (5 ECTS)
At the end of period 3 you are supposed to have written a full research proposal. This implies you have done initial literature research, addressed a research gap, drafted research questions, and develop a plan for empirical data analysis.
You are usually also supposed to have collected the empirical material for your thesis, or at minimum, developed a plan for data collection.
April 8 - 12
You present your research proposal in a plenary meeting with the other students of your supervisor, and receive approval of your research proposal.
When your progress is insufficient at this point, you will have to put in substantial extra effort in period 4 to be able to finish your thesis in time.
Period 4 (10 ECTS)
Writing process. You collect any remaining data and missing literature, analyse data, and write your thesis.
June 19 - 26
You present your draft thesis in a plenary meeting/final seminar with the other students of your supervisor, and receive approval to finalise it.
Hand in the final (digital) version of your thesis to your supervisor.
Deadline for supervisor to hand in the grade at the student administration.
Number of meetings
You will usually first meet your supervisor before Christmas. Depending on the topic and common type of research that is applicable (e.g, quantitative, qualitative), thesis supervisors may apply different formats regarding number of meetings, deadlines, etc. The typical thesis process includes 5 to 7 meetings with your supervisor during period 3 and 4, but deviations are possible.