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Course module: USEMT
Course info
Course codeUSEMT
ECTS Credits15
Category / LevelM (Master)
Course typeMaster thesis
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Law, Economics and Governance; Graduateschool REBO; Economics Master (for administratiev use only);
Contact personJ.P.J. de Jong
Telephone+31 302539889
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dr. N.S. Bosma
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J. Ferwerda, PhD
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dr. R.J. Galema
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Contactperson for the course
J.P.J. de Jong
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dr. H.J. Roelfsema
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Teaching period
4  (20/04/2020 to 05/07/2020)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slot-: Not in use
Study mode
RemarkThis a required course and is open to U.S.E. Master students only.
Enrolment periodfrom 28/10/2019 up to and including 24/11/2019
Course application processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
Enrolling through OSIRISNo
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesNo
Waiting listNo
This a required course and is open to U.S.E. Master students only.
For their master thesis, students independently conduct academic research to contribute to the progress of science, and (preferably) to also make a practical impact by developing new insights/useful knowledge. The thesis must be written individually.
The writing of the thesis may be combined with an ‘internship’ (external research) that students can find themselves, pending upon approval by their thesis supervisor. To explore this, consult your master program thesis coordinator, or your thesis supervisor (after you are assigned a thesis supervisor).

Learning objectives
The thesis is the final part of the master's programme. It must reflect many of the learning objectives of the programme's various courses. In particular, after successful completion of the thesis, students have shown that they are able to:
•         Assess advanced economic theory
•         Apply modern economic theories, possibly in combination with other academic fields
•         Work with economic models
•         Carry out scientific research independently
•         Demonstrate an academic attitude towards solving complex economic problems
•         Select the relevant research method: theoretical, empirical, experimental, or any combination
•         Assess the contribution of own research within the realm of the existing body of knowledge
•         Write an advanced research report in English

In period 2, each of the MSc programs organizes a kick-off session in which thesis supervisors present themselves, and the kind of topics they are able to supervise. What follows is a matchmaking process in which each student will be assigned a supervisor, with whom s/he will closely collaborate for half a year. The kick-off session will be planned in the third week of November, and the matchmaking of students and supervisors will be done not later than in January. Although deviations are possible, students will typically meet their supervisor in January to discuss initial research ideas and data collection opportunities, and to be put on track of adequate literature.
During period 3, five ECTS should be dedicated to writing a research proposal and literature research, and maybe (partly) collecting data. During period 4, ten ECTS should be dedicated to (partly) data collection, analysing data, and drafting and improving the thesis.
A detailed planning including feedback sessions will be worked out in collaboration with your supervisor.
The contents and frequency of the meetings with your supervisor can be diverse, but the typical process foresees in around 7 meetings altogether.  A co-reader (second supervisor) will be involved in the process specifically to (i) approve the research proposal and set up of the thesis, and (ii) read the final manuscript as approved by the first supervisor, and to determine the thesis grade in consultation with the first supervisor.
More detailed instructions will be provided by your master thesis coordinator (BF and FM: Rients Galema; IM: Hein Roelfsema; BDE: Coen Rigtering; EP: Joras Ferwerda; LE: Stephanie Rosenkranz) and on the student website.

Assessment method
•           Research proposal (10% of final grade). Determined at the end of period 3
•           Thesis and the presentation (90% of final grade). Determined at the end of period 4.

In case online access is required for this course and you are not in the position to buy the access code, you are advised to contact the course coordinator for an alternative solution. Please note that access codes are not re-usable meaning that codes from second hand books do not work, as well as access codes from books with a different ISBN number. Separate or spare codes are usually not available.

Entry requirements
You must meet the following requirements
  • Enrolled for a degree programme of faculty Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance
  • Enrolled for one of the following degree programmes
    • Banking and Finance
    • Business Development and Entrepreneurship
    • Economic Policy
    • Economics of Public Policy and Management
    • Financial Management
    • International Economics and Business
    • International Management
    • Law and Economics
Required materials
Thesis registration form; Thesis regulations; Thesis assessment criteria; Thesis assessment form. These forms can be found on the Student site.
Instructional formats
Individual supervision

General remarks
Individual thesis support.

Research proposal
Test weight10
Minimum grade1

Thesis and presentation
Test weight90
Minimum grade1

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