Academic Paper


Course Objective

To gain experience in designing, executing, and reporting research

Course Content

Academic Paper is the capstone course of the premaster programme. In
your academic paper you report on a piece of research that you have
conducted. The academic paper is written in accordance
with standards and conventions for academic writing. You will find
further information about the academic paper in the course manual, which
can be found in Canvas (please note that each programme has its own
course manual).

Some premaster programmes will start their research already in period 4
or 5 while doing the method courses such as Qualitative Research Methods
and Quantitative Research Methods. These two courses provide training in
research design and data analysis. Please note, however, that your
instructors for the methodology courses hold no responsibility for the
supervision of or data collection for the academic paper – these
responsibilities remain with your academic paper supervisor. Parallel to
these courses you will meet with your supervisor to decide on a research
design, and you will start collecting data so that you can devote period
6 mostly to writing up your results.

Academic Paper supervision:
The supervisors for the academic paper will be announced in February.
For general questions about the course, please contact the pre-master
coordinator (

There is one possibility for a re-sit in the course. Please note that
the re-sit is scheduled for mid of July (the exact date can be found in
the course manual).

Teaching Methods

You will make individual appointments with your supervisor. Those of you
who start their academic paper in period 4 or 5 will make appointments
with their supervisor in that period. Please see the course manual for
further information.

Method of Assessment

Each programme has its own manual for the academic paper. This manual
contains information on such things as assessment criteria, assessment
procedures, minimum requirements and expectations, structure of the
paper, deadlines (e.g., re-sit), and responsibilities of students and
supervisors. This manual will be found on the Academic Paper Canvas

In case your academic paper does not pass, you will have the opportunity
to submit a revised version. Please note that the deadline for the
resubmit is in mid of July.


The readings involved in producing the academic paper are specific for
each program, and mainly consist of journal articles to be gathered by
the student. Individual supervisors may supply you with a key starting
reference where needed.

Additional Information

For this course you do not need to subscribe. You will be subscribed by
the department.

General Information

Course Code E_PM_AP
Credits 6 EC
Period P4+5+6
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty School of Business and Economics
Course Coordinator dr. J. Sieweke
Examiner dr. J. Sieweke
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself