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2023/2024  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 Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Min. participants 2
Max. participants 2
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Social Sciences
Course coordinator
  • Andrew Popp - Department of Business Humanities and Law (BHL)
Main academic disciplines
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation
  • Methodology and philosophy of science
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 26-06-2023

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Learning objectives
  • Articulate a delineated social science problem and research question(s) relevant for the program’s field of study
  • Select, discuss, adapt, and apply relevant theories and methods
  • Ensure a logical coherence between the research question, method, analysis and conclusion
  • Discuss and self-critically evaluate the analytical and possible empirical results raised by the research
  • Consider and discuss the implications of the research done in relation to the business practice within the program’s field of study
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
1 person: max. 80 pages
3 persons groups: max.160 pages
Please notice that groups of 3 students require a dispensation.

For rules regarding individual exams, see your programme regulations and my.cbs.dk.
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 abstract must be written in English.
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Summer
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

1 person group: 45 minutes

3 persons groups: 90 minutes

Please notice that groups of 3 students require a dispensation.


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 defense and the student's spelling and style - although more emphasis will be placed on the academic content.

Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

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.


On the English-medium programme concentrations, the Master’s thesis must be written and submitted in English.

Description of the teaching methods
To support writing the master’s thesis workshops are held in the spring semester alternating between thematic lectures and group based presentation and feedback on work-in-progress.
Feedback during the teaching period
The supervisor offers supervision.
Student workload
Supervision (2 persons groups) 24 hours
Course activities (including preparation) 800 hours
Last updated on 26-06-2023