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2015/2016  KAN-CSIEO1001U  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 Autumn, Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for MSc of Social Science
Course coordinator
  • Erik Caparros Højbjerg - MPP
Main academic disciplines
  • Innovation
  • Organization
  • Sociology
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:
  • 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 and self-critically evaluate 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 in a clear and coherent manner
Course prerequisites
The Master thesis must be the last element finalizing the programme.
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
If two students write the thesis together, the oral exam will take place as an oral group exam.
If a student writes the Master's thesis indivudially the paper must be of max. 80 pages.

If two students write together the paper must be of max. 120 pages.
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
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, All other elements of the programme must be completed before the thesis is handed in. The Study Board may grant a dispensation from this rule in cases of special circumstances
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure

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. A Master’s thesis may be written and assessed either individually or in collaboration with another student.

Make-up exam/ Re-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 recieves 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.

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. See detailed information on the MSoc.Sc.'s homepage on e-campus.

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.

On the English-medium programme concentrations, the Master’s thesis must be written and submitted in English. Students on the Danish-medium concentrations have the option to write their thesis in English, if they wish.

Teaching methods
The students have the right to supervision - for more details see the above.
Last updated on 14-08-2015