Students choose (one of) the thesis seminar(s) offered within their specialisation. It is strongly recommended that students start thinking about the topic of their thesis before the start of the classes. Attendance is compulsory for all classes. Detailed information about the study material and the writing process can be found on Brightspace.
Objective 1. To deepen the understanding of theories and methods related to research on the theme of the Master Specialisation.
Objective 2. Applying them to a specific topic as part of the student’s Master thesis project.
General Introduction Meeting
See 'Information and Deadlines' for the time and date of the introduction meeting.
Thesis Seminar Themes:
Dutch Political Institutions: Origin, Functioning and Legitimacy (dr. P. Castenmiller)
This thesis seminar focusses on various aspects of the Dutch democracy and parliamentary system. The purpose of the thesis seminar is to provide you with support and advice in writing a structured and coherent thesis proposal and master thesis. History has provided the Dutch political system with its own institutions, various political parties and thereby with its own parliamentary system. As is the case in many other countries, nowadays some of these institutions are in transition and their legitimacy is sometimes questioned. The thesis seminar offers students the possibility to explore the various institutions and their changing positions. The students are expected to conduct their own independent research. By writing a thesis on these subjects students will gain a better understanding of the Dutch political system.
See 'Information and Deadlines'
The research proposal includes a problem statement, theoretical foundation, conceptualization as well as a sound explanation of the methods and techniques for data collection and analysis.The proposal must be approved by the supervisor and a second reader. The second reader will be designated by the Director of Studies. Please note that teachers are not obliged to provide thesis supervision if the proposal is not approved.
The MSc thesis needs to comply with high standards of academic research. The thesis must be between 8.000 and 10.000 words, including tables, footnotes and bibliography. The thesis evaluation form with the evaluation criteria will be published on Brightspace.
Students that drop or fail the course have to retake the complete thesis seminar (in the 2nd semester of the next academic year). Students should contact the Exam Committee if they are unable to complete the master thesis by the deadline due to circumstances beyond their control.