A Bachelor thesis is the final component of a Bachelor degree and provides students with the opportunity to show that they have gained the necessary skills and knowledge in order to apply and write about economic ideas in a coherent, clear way. It provides the opportunity for students to plan, complete, interpret, and report research.
At the end of a successful completion of the BSc thesis component, students will be able to:
- Formulate and motivate a research question*,
- Formulate a hypothesis based on a thorough, independent, literature review,
- Formulate and motivate a research strategy including a research method based on the literature review, available time frame, and available data*,
- Analyze their findings and the implications with respect to the literature review,
- Formulate an independent argument, appropriate to and based on the chosen method, to answer the research question,
- Communicate their research and findings to an academic audience in English, and
- Present their research to an academic audience in English.
* The research question and method may be based on a research project developed by a supervisor or suggested by a supervisor.
Students have one opportunity to write their thesis in each academic year. Students may do so in Fall semester, starting in late August, or Spring semester, starting in late January. Most students will start their thesis in the Spring semester.
If a student does not successfully defend his/her thesis by the end of a thesis period, he/she must start another thesis on a new topic in the same semester of the next academic year. There should be at least one semester between subsequent attempts to write a thesis.
The following requirements apply for a student in order to be assigned a supervisor and write a thesis:
- Required prerequisites must be obtained (see below),
- Enrollment to the Canvas course page is mandatory,
- In addition to Canvas enrollment, students must register on time in the thesis system using an appropriate form.
- The thesis proposal must be approved on time for the student to submit and defend a thesis. If the research proposal is not approved on time, the student must begin with a new topic in the next thesis cycle.
Information about the timing and organization of the thesis is published on Canvas.
To participate in the Bachelor thesis, students should have:
- passed the skills requirements of the Bachelor program, and
- earned a sufficient amount of ECTS credits at Tilburg University (including approved courses during an exchange period). Students starting in the 6th semester of their Bachelor study need at least 120 ECTS credits, while students starting in the 7th semester or later need at least 138 ECTS credits.
Type of instructions
There are no regular lectures.
Type of exams
Written thesis and oral defense