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2022/2023  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
  • Leonard Seabrooke - Department of Organization (IOA)
Main academic disciplines
  • International political economy
  • Political Science
  • Economics
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 24-06-2022

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Learning objectives
  • Articulate a delineated problem and research question(s) within the programme’s field of study
  • Select, adapt and apply relevant theories
  • Select, adapt and apply relevant methods
  • Show a critical understanding of relevant methodological and theoretical choices.
  • Reach a clear and well-reasoned conclusion based upon the research and the findings
  • Ensure a logical coherence between the research question, analysis and conclusion.
  • Consider and discuss the implications of the research within the dissertation.
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, see also the rules about examination forms in the programme regulations.
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
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 The summary is in English and is a part of the assessment.

For rules regarding individual exams, see your programme regulations and my.cbs.dk.
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Spring and Autumn
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
If the student has submitted their thesis, but is ill at the oral defense, a new defense will be arranged as soon as possible based on the thesis already submitted.
If the student receives a non-passing grade at the regular exam, they have used an exam attempt. It is then a requirement that the Master’s Thesis contract is renewed, i.e. the student must further clarify their original topic delimitation, which must then be approved by the thesis coordinator.
Description of the exam procedure

(1) The subject of the thesis has to be a specified issue relating to International Business and Politics.

(2) The topic must be approved by the Master's Thesis Coordinator prior to receiving guidance (24 hours of supervision is available to each group). See Guidelines for submission dates concerning Thesis at MyCBS.

(3) The thesis must be of a maximum of 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 an oral exam in groups (75 minutes) based on the written thesis. It takes the form of a dialogue between the students 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 formulation skills.

(8) The deadlines for submissions can be seen on MyCBS

Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

The course offers workshops to kick-off the process.

Description of the teaching methods
Workshops and supervision
Feedback during the teaching period
We try to offer feedback in response to your questions and work whenever feasible although please appreciate that there are often time constraints. Please feel free to take full advantage of the ‘office hours’ offered by full-time staff members, although these can never be a substitute for participation in lectures and classes. We also encourage you to ask questions or make comments in class and form self-study groups to secure peer feedback on your work.
Student workload
Preparation time (readings, group work etc.) 820 hours
Lectures / class exercises / “homework cafés” / workshops etc. 10 hours
Exam (incl. preparation for the exam and actual exam period) 2 hours
Last updated on 24-06-2022