The Master’s Thesis is the "crown jewel" in an academic Master curriculum. It consists of a scientific or academic research report, written independently, which demonstrates the student’s thorough understanding of the foundations, structure and methodology of the fields that the student has specialised in during his or her studies.
The thesis includes both an oral and written component, and is structured around a number of key milestones:
- Students look for a topic and supervisor for their Master’s Thesis during the month of October. Students should have registered the subject of their thesis by mid-November so that they can start working on their research.
- Students prepare for two process evaluations:
- The first process evaluation focuses on the theoretical framework of the Master’s Thesis: before mid-December, students should have prepared (at least) the research question and developed (part of) the literature review.
- The second process evaluation focuses on the research method and preliminary conclusions: by the end of April, students should be able to report on the link between the research question and the research methods and on the reliability and validity of the research method, and should have drawn some tentative conclusions.
- The Master’s Thesis should be finished by the end of May, after which students must present their work before a jury consisting of their supervisor and an independent assessor at the end of June.
Specific information can be found on Blackboard > Faculty BE > Master's thesis