Volledige vakbeschrijvingOne of the key requirements to obtain the MA degree in European Studies is to write a Master thesis on a topic related to the study track of your choice; European Politics and International Relations, European Public Policy and Administration and Europe in a Globalising World. 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 thesis has to be based on: § An extensive review of relevant academic literature § A critical selection and processing of data § The application of appropriate analytical methods § The balanced and critical interpretation of results in comparison to existing knowledge § The use of relevant and appropriate concepts and theories The thesis should present the conclusions of the research in an academic and professional way. The point of reference is an extended article which would qualify for publication in an academic journal.
Doelstellingen van dit vak• To engage in independent research, putting into practice the skills covered during the taught components of the programme • To conduct individual research that is timely, original and relevant to the study of contemporary Europe and/or EU politics, political institutions and policy-making • To apply theories and concepts from political science/public policy to the analysis of empirical date gathered through research enquiry • To design and put into place a rigorous research proposal that pays due attention to research design and choice of methods • To write in a scholarly manner, using the appropriate register and style of language, and employing rhetorical devices for independent, objective and convincing argumentation.
Aanbevolen literatuur• See literature recommended by tutors of skills trainings in periods 1 and 3 • See all literature in the Safe Assignment section of the university library – many titles regarding research methods and design, and on writing an extended thesis in political science • See literature used in taught modules of your track which should relate in some way to your topic • See literature recommended to you by your thesis supervisor
1 sep 2021
22 okt 2021
Taal van de opleiding:Engels
Trefwoorden:Research design, qualitative and quantitative methods, data collection, and interpretation, case studies, interviews, policy analysis, policy-, making, institutions,