In completing the Master Thesis, the student shows they are able to:
- independently analyse a research problem in the field of Business Administration;
- demonstrate in-depth knowledge by applying an advanced level of theory and integrating it with cutting-edge developments;
- use scientific sources in a systematic and critical way to develop their own research framework;- plan and manage his or her own learning process; and
- communicate with supervisors and colleagues in timely and well-prepared way.
The thesis is assessed by the following criteria;
These criteria are not weighted equally. The quality of the content of the thesis and the contribution of the research/design to the relevant academic field weigh more heavily than a student’s performance during the oral presentation & defence. The student must achieve at least a grade of 6.0 for the thesis. This is an individual assessment.
- 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
To meet the learning goals, the student independently develops and implements a research- and/or design-oriented project fitting with the expertise and research interests of the specialisation track the student has selected. The student justifies the models, theories, methodology and techniques used, as well as the research/design process; and analyses the work they 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 Master Thesis enables a student to explore a topic of interest in detail and to demonstrate the ability to gain 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 and 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 derived from the literature or practice. The student initiates 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. A manual is available 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 for the oral presentation, defence and the award of the diploma.
Deliverables: Greenlight version of thesis; definitive thesis version, completed evaluation form; presentation/defence.