Master's Thesis in Political Science


Course Objective

In the Master's Thesis the student can demonstrate his/her ability to
undertake independent academic research, and is able to produce a
research-based thesis that shows intellectual rigor and proficiency in
the field of one of the selected specialization tracks.

Course Content

The Master Thesis is an original individual piece of political science
research with which the student concludes the Master program. The Thesis
is to address a political science topic of the student's choice and is
developed with supervision on an individual or small group tutorial
basis. Normally, the thesis includes (at least) a thorough review of
relevant literature, an explicit theoretical framework, a well-justified
research design, an analysis of the findings, and a conclusion. Maximum
length of the thesis is 15,000 words.

Teaching Methods

Tutorial and individual supervision

Method of Assessment

Master's Thesis

Entry Requirements

Only after passing the subjects of period 1 and active participation in
the subjects of period 2.

Target Audience

Students in the Master Political Science

Additional Information

- Students who have not passed the courses of period 1 and 2 will be
allowed conditionally to receive supervision if they have fully
participated in those courses but have not yet received passing grades.
- All theses that are passed will be made publicly available through the
VU University Library. In cases where there are grounds to keep the
thesis confidential, a request to that effect has to be made procedure
to the Examination Board at the start of the thesis (See the relevant
provisions in the FSW Master’s Thesis Regulations).

General Information

Course Code S_MTps
Credits 18 EC
Period Ac. Year (sept)
Course Level 600
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences
Course Coordinator prof. dr. W.M. Wagner
Examiner prof. dr. W.M. Wagner
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Study Group, Lecture, Practical