SBI Project & Master Thesis


Course Objective

The aim of the Master project is that students individually learn how to
conduct a comprehensive SBI research project.

Course Content

When completing the Master project students learn to further deepen
their knowledge and skills that they have obtained during their bachelor
and master program.
At the start of the project, students develop a project plan. This plan
consists of a literature study, research questions, research methods and
techniques, a time schedule and research goals.
The student is only allowed to start with the project, when the plan has
been approved by the supervisors from the VU University and the
supervisor from the organization in which the student conducts the
research project. The research project is completed within 6 months. It
is centered around a SBI-related case that is both acknowledged by the
student and the supervisors.
The student produces two deliverables:
1. A thesis consisting of scientific research design, results,
discussion, and conclusions.
2. A report describing the organization in which the project is

Teaching Methods

For further information see Manual Master project SBI (Canvas). Student
will spend most of his/her time on conducting the research
project and writing the thesis.

Method of Assessment

Work execution: 40%
Aptitude test (the thesis): 45%
Final oral presentation: 15%

Entry Requirements

Up-to-date PEP signed by the master coordinator and the examination
board. Before starting the SBI project & master thesis, students must
have earned all other program credits. A shortfall of 12 credits is
permissible, as long as it does not include credits for the course SBI
Research Methodology.


Verschuren, P., Doorewaard, H. (most recent edition) Designing a
research project. The Hague: Eleven International Publishing.

Other literature as described in the plan of action.

Target Audience


Additional Information

Students must write a reflection report when they have (almost)
completed their internship. The report consists of two parts: a business
analysis and a self-reflection part.

General Information

Course Code X_432735
Credits 36 EC
Period Ac. Year (sept)
Course Level 600
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator E.H. Kroezinga
Examiner prof. dr. ir. B.A.G. Bossink
Teaching Staff prof. dr. ir. B.A.G. Bossink

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

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