Master's Thesis

2020/2021

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

In the master’s thesis, students will work on identifying, examining, analysing and reflecting on theoretical and practical problems that are closely related to international business. The student has the option to do this by collaborating with a company or organisation, or as a desk-top research project. During this module, the student will be assigned a supervisor and create a written project that illustrates critical and reflexive competencies related to problem-solving and developing arguments on a Master of Science academic level.

Learning objectives

Knowledge

The objective is that the student after the module possesses the necessary knowledge on:

  • how to conduct and lead a project from idea to completion.
  • central problems as they are identified within the international business academic community.
  • the role of empirical and theoretical context in formulating, exploring and analysing problems related to international business.

Skills

The objective is that the student after the module possesses the necessary skills in:

  • structuring overall project design, how to identify work packages, sequencing and how to plan the sequence.
  • developing a research design to examine a relevant problem within international business and reflect on how the choice of research methods influences the analysis and results.
  • proposing possible solutions to a central problem (theoretical, practical or both) within international business on the basis of scientific analyses.

Competences

The objective is that the student after the module possesses the necessary competences in:

  • designing and completing research projects, where relevant international business-related problems are explored and the knowledge generated is used to qualify and contextualize the suggested solutions independently and in teams.
  • developing a scientific argument in writing and orally using theoretical and practical evidence.
  • applying relevant theories to analyse a relevant problem within international business and use this knowledge to argue for selected solutions on the basis of scientific argumentation.

Type of instruction

For information see § 17.

Exam

Prerequisite for enrollment for the exam

  • The student must have passed all previous modules with the grade 02 or higher.

Exams

Name of examMaster's Thesis
Type of exam
Master's thesis/final project
Group examination with max. 4 students and the possibility to be examined individually. The student may also choose to write the project alone.
ECTS30
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingExternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleKandidatspeciale
Module codeKAINB202012
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
SemesterAutumn
ECTS30
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module

Organisation

Study BoardStudy Board of Business Economics
DepartmentAAU Business School
FacultyThe Faculty of Social Sciences