Please note: students following the regular programme need to follow the Master Thesis Research Proposal (201500101) and Master Thesis Research Project (201500102)|
In completing the Master thesis, the student shows they are able to:
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.
- 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 their own learning process; and
- communicate with supervisors and colleagues in timely and well-prepared way.
The thesis is assessed by the following criteria;
- Research question
- Literature review & theoretical framework
- Research method / design
- Data collection & analysis / Validation of the design
- Conclusions & recommendations / Contribution to theory &practice
- Writing structure & style
- Independence & professional skills
- Oral presentation and defence
The Master Thesis for the MSc programme in Business Administration 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 topic from the literature or practice. They initiate the task of formulating a research problem and writing a self-motivated, coherent and well-organised thesis. The student is expected to demonstrate clear evidence of independence in analysing the research question and completing the thesis with a minimum of supervision. |
Both a Canvas page and a manual are available to guide MSc Business Administration students towards the successful and timely completion of the graduation project. Please make sure you check the Canvas page and manual which includes information relating to 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 as well as the process involved for the oral presentation, defence and the award of the diploma.