SpecificsStrict rules apply to the Master's Thesis (see the guidelines made available on BlackBoard) to which every student and every teacher is bound. The minor coordinator checks whether the procedures are applied correctly.
For the largest part, the student works independently on the Master's Thesis. However, the student has intensive contact with the supervisor. On average, the student and supervisor meet on a weekly basis.
The supervisor and a second reader independently grade the thesis, using the following criteria (also see guidelines).
- Research problem, research question and theory;
- Methods and findings;
- Conclusions and recommendations;
- Discussion and reflection (critical thinking)
- Form and style (as outlined in the APA publication manual)
- Level of independency of work
The final grade is the weighed average of the two grades (supervisor 75%, second reader 25%). After grading the supervisor sends the form to the minor coordinator.
This course has 24 ECTS, which equals 672 hours. On the average, students work 17 weeks full-time on their Master's Thesis. The students use these hours to conduct a complete research and write a scientific article.
Required PrerequisitesOnly for students who are qualified for the Research Master.
In the Master's Thesis, students learn to independently conduct all aspects of the research process: creating hypotheses, collecting data, analyzing data, and writing a scientific article. A staff member supervises the student. In contrast to the First-Year Paper, the student should propose an original idea for the research, the student should conduct the research independently, and the master's thesis should, in principle, be publishable in an ISI journal
The thesis should be written in English and is supervised by a staff member. Prior to writing the thesis, the student writes an individual research proposal that should be approved by the supervisor.
Type of instructionsTutoring
Type of examsPaper