Course Objective

The thesis is the final stage of the BSc program in EOR in which the
student demonstrates her/his abilities to conduct academic research on a
specific topic in the field of EOR. The goals are (1) to practice the
art of conducting independently academic research; and (2) to record the
results of this work in an academic paper.

As part of goal (1) the student needs to formulate the research
question, to study the appropriate literature, to develop a mathematical
model of the problem, to collect data for validating and or estimating
the model, to analyse the model using acquired skills and techniques, to
implement and verify scientific computer programs, and finally to come
up with solutions that could be based on analytical, numerical, or
empirical methods.

As part of (2) the student needs to be able to write a professional
paper that describes clearly the research questions, the research
design, the related literature, the used methodology, the results, and
the conclusions.

Course Content

The thesis research is supervised by a School member of the EOR
department. All School members have a list of possible topics, usually
a topic is related to a paper published in a scientific journal. All
these lists are published on the Canvas site of the thesis at the
beginning of period 4. You choose a topic (or paper) by using the enroll
tool in Canvas. Of course, the topic and School member belong to the
displine of your specialization of graduation. To see these lists, make
sure that you register for the Thesis via VuNet so that you are also
enrolled as user of the Canvas site of the thesis. Furthermore, this
site contains important information on the thesis procedures, and it
contains documents concerning the thesis formatting and editing style.

When you have chosen your thesis topic/paper, you contact the concerning
School member to discuss further details and the timeline. He or she
will supervise you in all aspects concerning a thesis. In the end
however, conducting the thesis research and writing your thesis report,
on time, are activities for which you are ultimately responsible

Your thesis will be graded by your supervisor and by a co-reader. The
co-reader is also a School member of the EOR department, and is
assigned by your supervisor. The following aspects are part of the
assessment criteria and shall receive due consideration.
- Research question: formulate clearly the research problem (maybe with
- Positioning in literature: review relevant studies.
- Research design: address the methodological issues, the data
collection (if applicable) and the application of theory.
- Description and analysis of results: show understanding of the
research question and present a readable derivation of the complex
- Conclusion and discussion: succeed putting the findings in a wide
- Editorial quality: compile a sound academic paper, preferably typeset
in LaTeX.
- Degree of independence: show your own initiative and do not always
wait for input of your supervisor.

Teaching Methods

Individual meetings with your supervisor.

Method of Assessment

Individual assessment by your supervisor and the co-reader.

Entry Requirements

Having completed successfully
• 120 ECTS of courses from the EOR bachelor
• among which the part-II course of period 2.4-2.5 for the
specialisation of your choice for the thesis


Academic articles relevant to the topic of your thesis.

Additional Information

In order to receive a proof of graduation before September 1 (necessary
for starting a Master in the same year), your thesis should be handed in
to your supervisor for grading before July 1. After you receive the
greenlight of your supervisor, but before August 1, upload the thesis to
the thesis database at the university library.

General Information

Course Code E_EOR3_THS
Credits 12 EC
Period Ac. Year (sept)
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty School of Business and Economics
Course Coordinator dr. A.A.N. Ridder
Examiner dr. A.A.N. Ridder
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself