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Thesis Law & Finance


Course requirements

Master degree in Law. This course is part of the Advanced Master Law and Finance.

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Course information

The Advanced Master Law & Finance curriculum concludes with a master thesis. The thesis addresses and analyses a topic that falls within the subject area of one of the courses offered within the programme. It must include both a comparative perspective (e.g. between the national and the European level legislation) and a substantive perspective (e.g. the (potential or actual) impact of supranational law on the national financial law). The master thesis reflects individual research, but can be done in combination with an internship, if approved by the programme director. The topic of the thesis must mirror the international and academic nature of the advanced master; therefore topics that deal primarily with domestic law or are descriptive do not qualify. Also subjects that have (largely) been covered in a thesis written by past students of the programme, or by articles published in periodicals etc., or in books are also not available as thesis topics. The thesis should be between fifteen to twenty thousand words, including footnotes (approx. 30 and 50 pages) but excluding cover, personal statement, table of contents, executive summary, overview of main findings and bibliography.

Course objectives

The following achievement levels apply with regard to the Thesis.

  • Students demonstrate their ability to conduct academically sound research on a topic in the area of Law & Finance;

  • Students demonstrate their ability to present the findings of this research in writing in a clear and structured way;

  • Students show their ability to investigate and present relatively new and innovative findings.

Ideally, the thesis is of publishable quality.

Mode of instruction

In addition to bilateral meetings in the context of the individual supervision of the student by
a professor or lecturer:

November 2018: ‘Thesis Breakfast’

  • General information meeting on the Thesis writing and exploring possible Thesis subjects;

14 December 2018: Submission of Thesis topic (subject) to Academic Coordinator

21 December 2018: Approval of Thesis topic (subject) and allocation of Thesis Supervisor by Academic Coordinator

18 January 2019: Workshop Thesis Outline and Brief Explanation

  • Small group meetings to discuss draft Thesis outline, including main research question and research methodology (peer review by students themselves, under supervision of Ilya Kokorin LLM).

25 January 2019: Submission of Thesis Outline and Brief Explanation

  • Submission to Thesis Supervisor for discussion and final comments by supervisor.

1 March 2019: Approval of Final version of Thesis Outline and Brief Explanation

  • By Thesis Supervisor

March – June 2019: Thesis writing process

15 June 2019

  • Deadline final Thesis draft.

15 June – July 2019

  • Feedback of supervisor (in first two weeks of July);

  • Writing and finalizing Thesis on an individual basis.

1 August 2019:

  • Deadline Thesis submission.

Examination method

Thesis: 100%

Submission procedures:
Hardcopy (3x) + via Blackboard (safeassign, including check on plagiarism)


Submission of thesis via Blackboard using safe assignment.

Course materials

Not applicable; students have to collect relevant materials themselves.


Thesis Coordinators:
Prof. Dr. Matthias Haentjens
Mr. Ilya Kokorin LLM

Academic Coordinator
Ms. M.E.J. Bracco Gartner LLM

Programme Coordinator:
Ms. Orsolya Kalsbeek-Bagdi
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