- substantiate the answers found and propose defendable solutions (if necessary)
- Show to master the academic skills needed to autonomously formulate an academic research question in the legal field.
- Construct a research in order to answer the research question adequately
- Collect, organise, analyse, correlate, and asses information relevant to the research
- Present, in writing, the design, execution and results of the research in a clear, falsifiable and systematic fashion
- Present the thesis to an audience of non-lawyers and defend it in front of the examination committee
The Master's thesis is, with 18 EC, the largest component of the Master's programme 'Tax Economics'. Many students experience writing their thesis as pleasant and difficult at the same time. The goal of the thesis as part of the Master's programme 'Tax Economics' is twofold: 1) the thesis is part of the educational process 2) the thesis is the final examination and conclusion of the study Essential elements of writing a Master's thesis are: |
- formulation of the problem of the thesis
- conducting legal research
- writing a logical, coherent, structured thesis, containing the research results and showing the analytical and argumentational skills of the student.
Furthermore, it is important to the academic level of the Master's thesis that the student is able to formulate hers/his own personal and academically substantiated opinion of the problem posed and is able to suggest possible solutions. The student should, as evidence of hers/his personality, be able to state hers/his opinions in a lucid fashion. During the graduation session, these opinions will be intellectually 'cross-examined' and the student should be able to defend hers/his opinions. The mentor guiding the student in writing the thesis, steers and stimulates the student. The progress of the writing is guarded by means of an electronic database. With regard to the demanded quality of the Master's thesis, it should be noted that, ideally, it should reach the level of an academic article worth publishing.
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