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2019/2020  KAN-CPHIO1084U  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 in Business Administration and Philosophy, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Morten Sørensen Thaning - Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy (MPP)
Main academic disciplines
  • Philosophy and ethics
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 21-05-2019

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Learning objectives
The student must by him/herself formulate the topic of the masters thesis.
The topic should be chosen to cover relevant subjects of the courses in the programme.
The topic must evolve from a theme or relevant problem which involves both philosophical as well as business economic elements.
Methodological outcome /contribution from methodology
After completing the course students should be able to:
* Handle an iterative process, where processing knowledge and formulating the research question is mutually influential
* Fomulate a research question which can steers and structures the research process and content of the thesis
* Explain the relevance of the formulation of the research questions
* Explain and evaluate the choice of methodology used to answer the research question
* Select and process the theories used for formulating the research question, analysis and conclusion
* Explain and evaluate the choice of theory used to answer the research question
* Select and process primary and secondary sources used as documentation in the analysis
* Explain and evaluate the overall correlations between: the research question, the selection and use of theory, the collection and character of empirical data, the analysis, the conclusion, and the generalizability of the findings
* Discuss the findings of the thesis in the overall perspective of the philosophies of the human and social sciences

To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors:
  • The thesis integrates and takes advantage of relevant philosophical and business economical elements in answering the research question
  • The thesis is organized to enable the analysis and discussions to be relevant and necessary in order to be able to uncover the research problem
  • The correlation between the research question, the definition, the outline, the analysis and the conclusion is such that the paper seems to be logically answering the research question
  • There is an explanation and evaluation of the overall correlations between: the research question, the selection and use of theory, the collection and character of empirical data (if such exists)
  • The thesis must discuss and evaluate the use of the selected theories, methodology and empirical data (if such exists)
  • There must be consistency in the choice and use of theories and empirical data such that these interacts and complements the production of knowledge (valid for empirical theses only)
  • All claims in the analysis and conclusion is documented and/or discussed
  • The analysis is contextualized within the field of study
  • The analysis is focused, i.e. in depth and forming a synthesis on the grounds of theories and possible empirical data
  • The thesis shows an understanding of the correlations within the context of the topic and discuss and generalize conclusions to other contexts
  • The thesis is based on relevant academic research
  • The thesis discusses the background for the chosen theories, and how this influences the creation of knowledge (valid particularly or exclusively for theoretical theses) The thesis contributes a new perpective, e.g. by applying known theories to new empirical data, or applying new theory to an old topic
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
If you wish to write the thesis individually you must seek a permission from the study board.
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-point grading 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 English, Danish or another Scandinavian language. The summary counts towards the overall assessment.

The Master’s thesis can be written individually or by two students together.
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Summer
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
In the event a student has not passed the regular examination in his or her master’s thesis, he or she should hand in a renewal of the contract with a reformulation of the research question. If a student does not hand in the master's thesis within the deadline, he or she also will have to hand in a renewal of the contract. In both cases, the student will use an exam attempt.
In the case of a failed exam attempt additional supervision will be granted, this is not the case, when a student fails to hand in the thesis within the deadline.
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach


Description of the teaching methods
Feedback during the teaching period
The students receive feedback from the supervisor at the supervisor meetings. The frequency of meetings and their content are agreed upon between the students and the supervisor.
Student workload
Preparation 820 hours
Exam 8 hours
Last updated on 21-05-2019