Course ObjectiveBy writing their Master's Thesis, students demonstrate their ability to
prepare, organize, carry out, and present independent academic research.
In the thesis, formerly acquired theoretical and practical knowledge, as
well as empirical field research are combined, analyzed and presented in
a coherent manner.
Course ContentThe Master's thesis is the final subject of the Master COM, combining a
period of fieldwork and actual thesis writing (analysis and written
presentation). The thesis is assessed with respect to the following: use
of academic writing conventions; problematization of theme and
theoretical concepts; critical and tailored use of theory, data and
methods; quality of analyses, and reflection on academically and
socially relevant debates related to the chosen theme.
Teaching MethodsIndividual and group supervision; students join a thematic thesis group,
or in some cases opt for individual supervision, depending on the topic
and supervisor availability. See also "Research Proposal" and "Research
Method of AssessmentAssessment form for the COM Master's thesis
Entry RequirementsParticipation in the courses of period 1, period 2 and Research Proposal
(Thesis Trajectory Preparation) is required, of which at least 12 EC
have been achieved. If Research Proposal is not passed in the resit
(February) continuation of the thesis trajectory may be not be allowed.
LiteratureTo be approved by the thesis supervisor. See also "Research Proposal"
and "Research Lab"
Target AudienceMSc COM students
Additional InformationThe Thesis Trajectory is the main, continuous study process of the COM
Master. Master Thesis COM covers the second semester; it entails a
period of fieldwork (research) from February - April, followed by
analysis and writing in May and June. It builds upon the thesis
(preparation) trajectory "Research Proposal" from the first semester,
starting in September. Additionally, it links up with the online course
"Research Lab" (periods 4 and 5) to enable combination with (foreign)
field work, and to provide tailored support exactly when needed during
field work and writing. Lastly, it links up with the course "Practices
in COM" (period 6), which allows students to translate their research
findings into insights and recommendations that are directly relevant to
the organization(s) where they conducted fieldwork.
|Period||Ac. Year (sept)|
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Social Sciences|
|Course Coordinator||dr. M.J. Verver|
|Examiner||dr. M.J. Verver|
dr. H. Koerten
dr. F.J. Companjen
dr. I.H.J. Sabelis
dr. S.B. Ybema
dr. H. Wels
dr. F.H. Kamsteeg
drs. T.A. Onderdenwijngaard
dr. ir. F.K. Boersma
dr. ir. S.F. Kingma
prof. dr. H. Ghorashi
prof. dr. I. Drori
dr. M.J. Verver
prof. dr. A.H. van Marrewijk
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|Teaching Methods||Study Group|