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2015/2016  KAN-CPOLO1008U  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
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc i International Business and Politics, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Susana Borras - Department of Business and Politics (DBP)
Main academic disciplines
  • International political economy
Last updated on 14-08-2015
Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors: Through the work on the thesis the student should develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of the topic studied and the ability to independently formulate a question for analysis in the area of international business and politics and to carry out the analysis in accordance with accepted academic standards. The analysis must be grounded in relevant theories and data from the social sciences, it must apply relevant methodologies, and it must show a critical awareness of the methodological and theoretical choices involved and of relevant problems in the philosophy of science.
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 Individual
(1) The subject of the thesis has to be a specified issue relating to international business and politics.

(2) Topic delimitation must be approved by the Programme Director prior to receiving guidance. At the same time, a deadline for submission must be set. Also see Guidelines for submission dates concerning Thesis at CBS.

(3) The thesis must be of a maximum of 80 standard pages for one student and 120 standard pages for two students. There is no set minimum requirement.

4) A 1-2 pages abstract must be appended to the thesis. The abstract may be written in English, Danish, Swedish or Norwegian.

5) The examination is individual and oral (30 minutes), based on the written thesis. It takes the form of a dialogue between the student and examiners.

6) One grade according to the 7 point grading scale is given, reflecting an overall evaluation of the written thesis, the abstract and the oral performance.

(7) The basis of assessment includes the student's spelling and formulating skills. The thesis content carries the main weight.

(8) The thesis may be written individually or by two students together. In special cases, the Study Board may sanction that more than two students write a thesis together. For a thesis written by two or more students, the requirements for its scope are increased proportionately.

(9) The deadline for handing in the Master's thesis is 6 months from the date on which the Programme Director approves the thesis title and advisor, also se Guidelines for submission dates concerning Thesis’s at CBS.
Size of written product Max. 120 pages
Assignment type Master's thesis
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
30 min. per student, 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 summary is in English and is a part of the assesment.
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Spring and Autumn
Make-up exam/re-exam
Another examination form
The regulations for make-up/retake are described in the Master´s Thesis Manual which you find on e-Campus.
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Last updated on 14-08-2015