Kick-off event for each MSc programme will be organised in the week of 18-22 November (Details will be provided by your programme’s thesis coordinator). You will be informed about
- Potential thesis topics
- Potential supervisors and co-readers
- Guidelines in case you want to propose your own topic
- Opportunities for a research internship in combination with your thesis
A second supervisor (‘co-reader’) will be involved in the process specifically for the following tasks: (i) to approve the research proposal and set up of the thesis, and (ii) to read the final manuscript as approved by the first supervisor, and to determine the thesis grade in consultation with the first supervisor. Matchmaking with your supervisor and co-reader is usually done in December 2019, and no later than January 2020.
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 6 - 9
You present and/or discuss your research proposal in a meeting withyour supervisor and co-reader.
The proposal will be graded (weight 10%). 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 15 - 22
You present and/or discuss your draft thesis in a meeting or final seminar organized by your supervisor and co-reader, and receive final comments.
Hand in the final (digital) version of your thesis to your supervisor and co-reader.The thesis will be graded (weight 90%).
Deadline for supervisor to hand in the grade at the student administration.
Number of meetings
You will usually first meet your supervisor in January (or as soon as possible after the matchmaking process). A co-reader (second supervisor) will also be involved in the process. 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 around 7-8 meetings with your supervisor during period 3 and 4, but deviations are possible.