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2023/2024  KAN-CCDCO1029U  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 and MSc in Business, Language and Culture, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Charles Tackney - Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC)
Main academic disciplines
  • CSR and sustainability
  • Globalisation and international business
  • Cultural studies
Teaching methods
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 03-07-2023

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Learning objectives
The BLC master’s thesis candidate will demonstrate an ability to:
  • Define and justify a focused research question related to companies and organisations in an international/intercultural context.
  • Conduct a review of literature relevant to the field of research and position the research within that literature.
  • Select, critically assess, and apply theories and frameworks of relevance to the field of research.
  • Develop, enact, and critically assess research methodology, including research approach, strategies and choices, data collection and analysis, and philosophy of science position.
  • Reflect on the internal coherence and external validity of the research.
  • Conduct appropriate analyses leading to a well-reasoned answer to the research question.
  • State and discuss the implications and contributions associated with the thesis findings.
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
Max. 120 standard pages for a two-person thesis, 80 pages for a solo thesis, and 160 pages for a three-student thesis. An individual thesis is allowed but not recommended. A three-student thesis requires a dispensation.
Assignment type Master's thesis
Release of assignment Subject chosen by students themselves, see guidelines if any
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 thesis must contain an abstract written in English. The abstract or executive summary forms part of the overall assessment.

For rules regarding individual exams, see your programme regulations and my.cbs.dk.
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Spring
Make-up exam/re-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

Find information on formal requirements and the oral defence at my.cbs.dk.

Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

The master’s thesis is normally the last step in a graduate course of study. It is an original research inquiry within the scope of the programme, based on appropriate social science research method, and reporting research question resolution with discussion of broader contributions, if any. Orientation sessions and various workshops are offered in support of all facets of the thesis process.


The purpose of the master’s thesis is for the student to develop and manifest the ability to design, conduct, report, and defend a graduate level research thesis. The general focus of the BLC master’s thesis involves a defined international and/or intercultural issue relevant to companies and organizations.


Students can find further information about writing a master's thesis: my.cbs.dk - Master's Thesis.

Description of the teaching methods
Supervision and student project work
Feedback during the teaching period
Feedback is given by the supervisor in the allotted supervision hours and at the oral exam.
Student workload
Supervision hours per student in thesis group of 2 12 hours
Oral exam 0,75 hours
Project work 811,25 hours
Total 824 hours
Last updated on 03-07-2023