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2017/2018  KAN-CSSMO1008U  Master's Thesis

English Title
Master's Thesis

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 30 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Min. participants 2
Max. participants 2
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Social Sciences
Course coordinator
  • Mogens Bjerre - Department of Marketing (Marketing)
Main academic disciplines
  • Marketing
  • Organization
  • Sociology
Last updated on 14-12-2017

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Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors:
  • Articulate a delineated social science problem and research question(s) relevant for the program’s field of study
  • Select, discuss, adapt, and apply relevant theories and methods
  • Ensure a logical coherence between the research question, method, analysis and conclusion
  • Discuss and self-critically evaluate the analytical and possible empirical results raised by the research
  • Consider and discuss the implications of the research done in relation to the business practice within the program’s field of study
Master's Thesis:
Exam ECTS 30
Examination form Oral exam based on written product

In order to participate in the oral exam, the written product must be handed in before the oral exam; by the set deadline. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance.
Individual or group exam Oral group exam based on written group product
Number of people in the group 2
Size of written product Max. 120 pages
1 person group: max. 80 pages
3 persons groups: max.160 pages
Please notice these group sizes require a dispensation
Assignment type Master's thesis
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
75 min. per group, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Grading scale 7-step scale

The student’s spelling and writing skills are taken into consideration in the overall assessment of the examination performance, but the academic content is given the highest weight.
Regulations regarding the summary The abstact must be written in English
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Summer
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
In case the student is ill at the oral defense of his or her Master's Thesis a new oral exam will be arranged based on the thesis already handed in. If a student receives a non-passing grade at the regular exam he og she must hand in a revised version of the thesis, or a thesis based on a new or revised subject, after conferring with the supervisor.
Description of the exam procedure

1 person group: 45 minutes

3 persons groups: 90 minutes

Please notice these group sizes require a dispensation


The assessment is carried out by the supervisor (if there is more than one supervisor, only the primary supervisor participates) and an external examiner. The grade awarded must reflect an overall assessment of the written thesis (including the abstract of max. 1 page ), the oral defence and the student’s spelling and style - although more emphasis will be placed on the academic content.


Course content and structure

The thesis block comprises the preparation of a written thesis (the Master’s thesis), which serves as a test of the student’s ability to engage in in-depth study and independently describe, analyse and process a complex issue at Master’s level.The student chooses the subject of the thesis from within the concentration’s overall theme and academic profile. Under special circumstances, the Study Board may approve an exemption from this provision.The topic delimitation of the Master’s thesis must be approved prior to the start of thesis supervision. At the time of approval, a deadline for submission of the thesis is also determined together with a plan for supervision.


On the English-medium programme concentrations, the Master’s thesis must be written and submitted in English.

Teaching methods
To support writing the master’s thesis workshops are held in the spring semester alternating between thematic lectures and group based presentation and feedback on work-in-progress.
Feedback during the teaching period
The supervisor offers supervision.
Student workload
Course activities (including preparation) 24 hours
Exam (including exam preparation) 792 hours
Last updated on 14-12-2017