02.03.2016

Master's thesis

The master’s thesis the most important demonstration of competence during the completion of your master's degree. It is an opportunity to show your academic maturity and ability to put your thoughts into text. You can show that you are able to choose a relevant topic, define a research question and master the required research methods. In addition, you can demonstrate your scholarship, critical and logical approach, and adherence to academic practices and rules. Thesis work involves independent reflection on social phenomena, familiarisation with theoretical discussions in the field, application of academic research methods, and integration of theory and empirical data.

Furthermore, writing your thesis enables you to learn new things about yourself, for example, about your ways of work and capacity, perception, creativity and perseverance. Guidance for the thesis process is provided in master’s seminars, in which the research topic and plan are accepted. Individual guidance is also provided during and after the seminars. Additional fine-tuning seminars may be arranged at the final stage of the process.

The master's thesis comprises of 60-100 pages of high-quality, evidence-based academic writing, focusing on a topic agreed upon with the student’s supervisor. The selection of the master’s thesis topic should guide learning in core modules, and inform the selection of elective courses. The topic is identified early on in the programme (normally by the end of the first Autumn semester), and is developed into an operational research project under the guidance of a thesis supervisor in the thesis seminars. Each student is required to participate for three semesters in a Thesis Seminar during which the thesis topic is developed, and methodological and theoretical issues are resolved. 

Guidelines, Submission and Assesment Criteria

The guidelines for submitting your thesis can be found from the Departments, website here. Make sure to familiarize yourself with the guidelines, submission instructions and assessment criteria of your thesis. If you have further questions, please contact your supervisor. 

Make sure to also read carefully the guidelines for writing your thesis and the assessment criteria below. 

Department of Social Sciences and Philosphy