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194100040
Master Thesis BA
Course infoSchedule
Course module194100040
Credits (ECTS)25
Course typeFinal project Master
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact persondr.ir. A.A.R. Veenendaal
E-maila.a.r.veenendaal@utwente.nl
Lecturer(s)
PreviousNext 5
Lecturer
dr. C. Amrit
Lecturer
dr. M.J. Arentsen
Lecturer
dr. P.S. Benneworth
Lecturer
ir. J.W.L. van Benthem
Lecturer
dr. H.C. van Beusichem
Academic year2014
Starting block
JAAR
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
Learning goals
In completing the Master thesis, the student shows that (s)he is able to:
-          independently analyse a research problem in the field of Business Administration;
-          demonstrate in-depth knowledge by applying advanced level of theory and integrating it with cutting-edge developments;
-          use scientific sources in a systematic and critical way to develop own research framework;
-          plan and manage his or her own learning process; and
-          communicate with supervisors and colleagues in timely and well-prepared way.
 
To this end, the student independently develops and implements a research- and/or design-oriented project. She completes the thesis within the time permitted; justifies the models, theories, methodology and techniques used, as well as the research/design process; and analyses the work she undertook. On completion, the student is expected to hold a public colloquium in which the findings of the thesis project are presented and defended.
 
The thesis is assessed by the following criteria;
  1. Research question
  2. Literature review & theoretical framework
  3. Research method / design
  4. Data collection & analysis / Validation of the design
  5. Conclusions & recommendations / Contribution to theory & practice
  6. Writing structure & style
  7. Independence & professional skills
  8. Oral presentation and defence
Content
The final semester of the MSc Programme in Business Administration at the School of Management and Governance is reserved for writing a thesis. The Master thesis enables a student to explore a topic of interest in detail and to demonstrate gaining in-depth knowledge and competencies as mentioned in the intended learning outcomes of the MSc BA programme. The thesis may specifically focus on an academic research question that involves scientific analysis of data and/or development & implementation of a solution for a theoretical or design problem. Methodological knowledge and skills play a vital role in the research project, both in developing and conducting research- and/or design-oriented (empirical) research. The graduating student may choose a topic discussed in one of the courses attended or a particular issue from the literature or practice. She  initiates the task of formulating a research problem and writing a self-motivated, coherent and well-organised thesis. The student is expected to demonstrate a clear evidence of independence in analyzing the research question and completing the thesis with a minimum of supervision.
 
The purpose of this Manual is to guide MSc business administration graduating students towards a successful and timely completion. The Manual lists the prerequisites and objectives of the Master thesis. It describes the process of selecting a thesis project, the structure and organisation of the thesis, different types of theses, various steps to be followed in research methodology (i.e. formulating a problem statement, selecting a research design, etc.) and the process of supervision. The thesis assessment procedure is also explained in the Manual as well as the process involved with oral presentation, defence and the award of the diploma.

Assumed previous knowledge
20 EC
Required materials
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Recommended materials
Syllabus
Manual Master Thesis
Instructional modes
Other
Presence dutyYes

Tests
Assignment

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