Full course description
One of the key requirements to obtain the MA degree in European Studies is to write a Master thesis on a topic related to the specialisation of your choice. The Master thesis is an individually written research paper of a high academic level, with a length of 12,000 to 15,000 words (excluding notes, bibliography and figures). The point of reference is an extended article which would qualify for publication in an academic journal. In other words, your thesis should have the potential to make a contribution to the scientific literature.
While the thesis is based on individual research under the supervision of an academic member of staff, during this course students learn how to choose a research question embedded in the academic literature. They also learn how to select and apply relevant research methods related to their question. Furthermore, they are supported through academic writing. Over the course of the course, students have to submit five intermediate assignments, which help them to ultimately deliver a high quality thesis.
- Design, plan, and implement an independent research project in the field of European Studies;
- Generate new ideas related to the process of European integration, identify new academic questions and policy problems, and stay up-to-date with the academic and policy literature;
- Select qualitative and quantitative research methods appropriate for answering advanced academic questions about the process of European integration;
- Apply substantive knowledge, theories, and methods in the field of European Studies to new research puzzles in order to facilitate innovation;
- Reach well-reasoned conclusions about the process of European integration by combining substantive knowledge, theories, and methods;
- Express research findings on European integration to specialist European and international academic audiences in written academic English through the medium of the MA thesis.
O’Leary, Z. (2014). The Essential guide to Doing Your Research Project (2nd ed.). London:Sage.
Creswell, J. W. (2009). Research design. Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches (3rd ed.). London: Sage Publications.