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International Relations and Diplomacy Master Thesis Lab



The main aim of the thesis lab is to provide students with an opportunity to present their thesis proposals and receive feedback by their peers and the course instructor. Specific topics to be addressed include: topic relevance, theoretical framework chosen, methodology and data collection issues, ways of analysis and evaluation of results. A satisfactory thesis research proposal is expected from all students as the final result of the course.

Methods of Instruction

Presentation of (draft) thesis proposals by students, small group discussions and individual meetings.

Study material

Student thesis proposals (made available on the course webpage).


(Draft) thesis proposal; presentation of the thesis proposal in class; class participation.


Pieter de la Courtbuilding, Leiden:
Thursday 4 November till 23 December, 13.00-15.00 hrs. in 1A15 (except 25 November 1A09; 2 December 1A01 and 9 December, 5B02, 16 and 23 December SA37).