Kies de Nederlandse taal
Course module: 760813-M-3
Individual Research Proposal HRS
Course info
Course module760813-M-3
Credits (ECTS)3
CategoryMA (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences; TSB: Human Resource Studies; Human Resource Studies;
Is part of
M Human Resource Studies
Contact persondr. R.S.M. de Reuver
Coordinator course
prof. dr. R.F. Poell
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2018
Starting block
Course mode
RemarksThis information is not up to date. Check the Course Catalog 2019 or select the course via “Register”.
Registration openfrom 20/08/2018 09:00 up to and including 31/07/2019
Writing an individual research proposal (IRP) is a way to structure the initial period of the master thesis project. The student has to write an IRP to demonstrate that he or she is capable of writing a (methodological) solid research proposal.


The procedure for the IRP:
When the research proposal is finished, the student can register for the IRP. The student should respect the following procedure:

  1. Pick up the IRP registration form (available at secretariat HRS, P1.141).
  • Have your supervisor sign the form for permission to start the IRP.
  • Hand in IRP at the MTO professor
  • Make an appointment with the MTO professor to discuss the comments on your research proposal.

    Please note: The research proposal should be handed in at least one week before the appointment.


  • When the MTO professor feels the research proposal is satisfactory, the proposal and the registration form (with the MTO professor's signature) is handed in at the IRP pigeon hole (secretariat HRS, P1.141).

    Please note: Forms that have not been filled out completely or lack the necessary signatures are not processed.


  • The research proposal is then assessed by an IRP professor with HRS.
  • The student is informed via e-mail (c.c. supervisor) about whether or not the IRP is satisfactory and, if necessary, invited to discuss the comments. Practical information More specific information about the demands regarding the contents of the IRP can be found on the Blackboard/Course info site 'Master's Thesis HRS'.

    Practical information

    More specific information about the demands regarding the contents of the IRP can be found on the Blackboard/Course info site: Master's Thesis Human Resource Studies.

In this course the students work on their IRP for their master's thesis research. The students work together in a thesis circle consists of 3-6 students supervised by a member of the department. In the thesis circle, they discuss each other's IRP. At the end of the course the students have an IRP which they submit for approval to a member of the MTO department and a member of the HRS department. When the research proposal is certified, 3 ETCS are allocated to the student. The final product of this course is an by the department authorized research proposal.

Please note: Although, the IRP overlaps with the initial period of the master thesis project it is a separate exam. After the IPR is successfully finished the student can start the actual research for the master thesis.

Demands for the research proposal:
The IRP meets the requirements of a description of a theoretical justified research topic that leads to a research question and a description of the research methods. The length of the IRP is between 2500-3000 words (reference list included).

Type of instructions

group meetings with thesiscircle, individual supervision
Required materials
Recommended materials

Kies de Nederlandse taal