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Course module: 202000579
Bachelor Thesis IBA
Course info
Course module202000579
Credits (ECTS)12
Course typeFinal project Bachelor
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact persondr. M.L. Ehrenhard
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dr. A. Abhishta
dr. A.I. Aldea
M. Alves da Motta Filho
dr. E.J. Aukes
L. Bakir
Academic year2020
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes

IBA students are trained globally oriented management professionals and after their international experience their international and intercultural competences include their ability to:

  • Recognize and describe oneself and one’s culture through the perception of others
  • Explain cultural/national differences and interpret the contexts that shape them and give meaning to them
  • Effectively interact and communicate interculturally
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills in the areas of international co-operation, cultural analysis and intercultural awareness and understanding.
  • Describe aspects of the global context and global issues in relation to their responsibility as management professional.
  • Re-examine their values and priorities to become better contributors to the global community
After completion of the Professional Skills learning line in the IBA programme, students are able to:
  1. demonstrate that they have personal and interpersonal skills to support the research, design and organization of business solutions, individually and in teams and projects.
  2. demonstrate that they are able to reflect on, identify and develop specific, relevant career-oriented skills.
  3. apply the principles of scientific and business integrity.
  4. systematically acquire and evaluate information.

illustrate their current skillset by means of a digital portfolio.

As a result of finalizing the Bachelor Thesis course you are expected to deliver:
  • Three or more submissions reporting your paper-in-progress (see time-table on the Canvas)
  • An individual final report (thesis), comparable with a scientific article (prepared for a possible contribution to a conference, book, and/or journal manuscript); fixed deadlines per quartile
  • Presentation of your results of the course at the Students Conference.

Types for the assignments for the BSc thesis: At the University Twente (“Internal assignment”);In cooperation with a company (“external assignment”);In cooperation with a foreign university (“International assignments”).
Finding a research project
Business Administration research groups place Calls for (Bachelor Thesis) Proposals within specific topics. These topics are subject to annual changes, depending on the status of running research projects within the groups. Minor deviation from the Call for Proposals is subject to discussion with advisors. Research projects need to be arranged in the 3rd quartile and  research proposals are written and need to be approved in the 3rd quartile (also in case of a bachelor thesis project in Q1). Research proposals are a pre-requisite for starting the BSc thesis.
You will receive guidance from at least two UT-BMS faculty members whose responsibility is to give you academic advice in writing a good Thesis paper. The 1st supervisor is an expert in the field from the Call for Proposals. The 2nd supervisor is invited as a “reading committee member” to monitor and help, if needed, in the progress of the thesis. In case of a thesis project in an external organisation or in cooperation with a foreign university a 1st supervisor of the Business Administration departments of the BMS faculty of the University of Twente is required. Students who want to arrange such BSc thesis projects need to start with an agreement with a 1st supervisor before arranging agreements with external parties. When working on a thesis project in an external organization, it is essential that you have a contact at the organization, who acts as an external supervisor. This external supervisor must have sufficient knowledge and experience to supervise the BSc student in the thesis project. Although the supervisor is involved in the thesis project’s successful execution, the UT supervisors, specifically examiners, are responsible for grading your Bachelor Thesis, in accordance to the BSc IBA programme learning goals and related criteria.
Students not showing enough progress halfway the project (deadline specified in Canvas) fail the course and need to find a new bachelor thesis research project.
The final thesis paper will only be accepted for the Students’ Conference with a “green light”. In case no “green light” is obtained according to the deadline for Q4 as specified in CANVAS the BSc thesis project need to be finalized in Q1 of the next academic year. Supervisors will use an assessment matrix to evaluate the final version of the thesis.
This is an individual assessment.
Assumed previous knowledge
IBA Module 1-6 & M11 & 1 programme related electe & approved bachelor thesis proposal ( 201700184 or 15 EC CHANGEL 201800104)
Module 12
Participating study
Bachelor International Business Administration
Required materials
Recommended materials
Instructional modes
Final thesis
Presence dutyYes


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