By the time you have completed the Bachelor Thesis IBA course you are expected to be able to demonstrate proficiency in:
- formulating a research question;
- applying business or management concepts and/or theories to analyse the research question;
- develop a research framework (a model if applicable) and/or design a solution for a business problem;
- adopting a coherent research design, and using appropriate data collection and analysis techniques for the justification of the empirical findings (if applicable);
- demonstrate both the scientific and practical relevance of your research;
- providing a consistent, well- structured and well-argued text in the format of a scientific paper;
- planning and managing your own learning process; and
- presenting and defending the results of your Bachelor Thesis IBA research during the Students’ Bachelor Thesis Conference.
As a result of finalising 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 Thesis Conference.
Types of assignments applicable 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
The various research groups associated with Business Administration place calls for (Bachelor Thesis) Proposals on specific topics. These topics are subject to annual changes, depending on the status of current research projects within the groups. Minor deviations 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 applicable to bachelor thesis projects in Q1). The Research proposal is a prerequisite 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. When a thesis project is undertaken 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 organisation, it is essential that you have a contact at the organisation, who can act 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 with 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”. When no “green light” is obtained according to the deadline for Q4 as specified in CANVAS, the BScTthesis project needs to be finalised 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.