The Master’s thesis forms an integral part of the overall Masters programming, accounting for one third of the overall degree. Students are required to write an independent Master’s thesis that demonstrates their ability to conduct original research. In Period 1 and 2 (October-December), a number of events will take place in order to introduce students to research topics, potential supervisors, and potential methodologies. These are all voluntary events, designed to assist students with preparing for the thesis track.
The Master’s Thesis is divided into three core components:
- In Period 3 (January) students complete a thesis track targeted towards methodology. In this course, students will learn more advanced methods and how to implement the methods. The focus of this component of the thesis is to build skills and learn in sub-groups for developing the thesis.
- Finding a Supervisor and Writing the Thesis Proposal – By the end of February, students are required to register a thesis supervisor. With input from their supervisor, students are expected to finalise their thesis topic, and by the end of March the full thesis proposal is due.
- Completion of the Thesis and Defense- From April to August, students are expected to work on their thesis under the supervision of their selected supervisor. The final thesis is due in August.
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By the end of the master’s thesis, students should be able to:
- Match and apply theories, concepts, and knowledge learned in the programme to the thesis topic;
- Express and defend in-depth knowledge on a specific topic;
- Synthesize existing literature and identify research gaps on a specific topic;
- Develop relevant research design and implement applicable research methods for a specific topic;
- Evaluate results from data and the literature review to make contributions to the overall field of study;
- Consider policy recommendations based on the evaluation and synthesis of field of study.
There are no specific prerequisites for this course.