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Course module: 390303-M-15
Thesis Economics
Course info
Course module390303-M-15
Credits (ECTS)15
CategoryMA (Master)
Course typeThesis
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Economics and Management; TiSEM: Economics; Economics;
Is part of
M Economics
Academic year2020
Starting block
Course mode
Registration openfrom 25/08/2020 up to and including 20/08/2021

The MSc thesis addresses in depth a well defined economic research question, using theory and empirics, reviewing the existing literature, and contributing to this literature. At the end of a successful completion of the MSc 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 may be based on a research project developed by a supervisor or suggested by a supervisor. 


  • Students who started the MSc Economics program in August/September must take this course in the Spring semester. Students who started the MSc Economics program in January/February may take this course in the Fall semester. For exceptions to this rule, students must obtain permission of the thesis coordinator to take this course.
  • Enrollment to the course Canvas page is required.
  • In addition to Canvas enrollment, students must register on time in the thesis system using the appropriate form available on Canvas. Students are allocated a supervisor based on the form.
  • You will find important information about the timing and the organization of the thesis on Canvas.

Required Prerequisites

  • Prior to or at the same time as enrolling in this course, students must successfully complete the Applied Economic Analysis 2 course by writing a research proposal. As the MSc thesis is based on the research proposal, passing this course is a prerequisite to writing the thesis.
  • A Bachelor's degree program, including any course units specifically required, or the Pre-master's program must be successfully completed in order to start the Master's thesis.

Type of instructions

There are no regular lectures.

Type of exams

Thesis (100%)

Contact person
dr. K. Altangerel
Timetable information
Thesis Economics
Required materials
Recommended materials
Note: Earlier or later editions may also be used.
Title:The Little, Brown Handbook
Author:Jane Aaron and H. Ramsey Fowler

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