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2014/2015  KAN-CAEFU1000U  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
Course period Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Henrik Sornn-Friese - Department of Innovation and Organizational Economics (INO)
Main academic disciplines
  • Finance
  • Globalization, International Business, markets and studies
  • Management
  • Supply Chain Management and Logistics
  • Marketing
  • Organization
  • Financial and management accounting
  • Corporate and Business Strategy
  • Economics, macro economics and managerial economics
Last updated on 29-09-2014
Learning objectives
The aim of the M.Sc. Thesis is to enable the graduate student to complete and communicate problem-oriented academic research and thereby demonstrate the ability to think and work academically, as well as utilize this in a future professional context.

The grade 12 is awarded in cases where the Master’s thesis meets the following requirements to an excellent degree, i.e. with no or only few deficiencies:
  • Articulate a delineated problem within the program’s field of study that can facilitate and structure the student’s work on the thesis and its contents.
  • Select and adapt the theories used in the analysis.
  • Substantiate and evaluate the chosen methods and research design.
  • Ensure a logical coherence between problem statement, analysis and conclusion.
  • Argue for the significance of the choices made during the work with the thesis.
  • Discuss the analytical and possible empirical results raised by the research.
  • Extract the implications in relation to business practice within the program’s field of study.
  • Communicate the contents of the thesis to peers.
Course prerequisites
The Master thesis must be the last element finalizing the programme.

Before being allowed to register for the exam on the thesis, all other exams on the programme must have been passed. This means that a) the grade point average for the exams in the 1st academic year is 02 without rounding up, b) all elective courses have been passed, and c) all exam grades included in the grade point average are 00 or above.

Registration for the Master's Thesis must be no later than 15 March on student's fourth semester.
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 Group exam, max. 2 students in the group
Examination in the Master’s thesis is conducted as an external oral exam based on the written work. The oral defence lasts one hour, including grading, per student. The Master’s thesis must be written by one student or two students.

Students from English-medium concentrations must write the Master’s thesis in English. Students from Danish-medium concentrations have the option of writing their thesis in English if they wish.

The assessment is carried out by the supervisor (if there are two or more supervisors, only the primary supervisor participates) and an external examiner. The grade awarded will reflect a holistic assessment of the thesis (including the abstract), the oral defence, and the student’s spelling and style – although more emphasis will be placed on the academic content.
Size of written product Max. 80 pages
If 2 students are writing the max amount of pages is 120.
Assignment type Master's thesis
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
60 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Preparation time No preparation
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 Master’s thesis must be accompanied by an abstract of the work (max. one A4 page), written in English. The abstract is taken into consideration at the assessment stage.
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Summer Term
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Make-up and re-examinations in the Master’s thesis. If the student has submitted the thesis individually or together with another student but falls ill before the oral defence, a new oral exam based on the submitted thesis will be organised as soon as possible. If students do not pass the regular exam relating to the Master’s thesis, they have the option at the re-take of either resubmitting the thesis in a revised form or of submitting a new thesis on a new basis. This decision is taken in consultation with the supervisor/ examiner.
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 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. The student chooses the subject of the thesis from within the concentration’s overall theme and academic profile or within a minor. Under special circumstances, the Study Board may approve an exemption from this provision. While working on the Master’s thesis, the students are entitled to receive a pre-determined amount of guidance from their supervisor. Students who choose to write an individual thesis are entitled to 21 hours of supervision whereas students who write together with another student will be given 32 hours of supervision.

The Master’s thesis must be max. 80 standard pages (one standard page consists of 2275 characters including spaces) if written by one student, and max. 120 standard pages if written by two students. Ifthestudent does not hand in the Master thesis thesistothe deadline, there will be setanew deadline of3 monthsand a revised subject of the Master Thesis.

Teaching methods
The students have the right to supervision - for more details see the above.
Further Information

For the concentrations with an international focus there is a requirement of an international perspective in the master thesis. 

Last updated on 29-09-2014