Social work as a field of knowledge is obtained and developed through different sources such as practice, education and research. Research is a fundamental part of social work and welfare innovation and professional development. Such research examples are identifying social issues, studying the effectiveness of practice, developing user participation and facilitate ethical informed empowering interventions. This master thesis module involves the completion of investigating a research question using one or several relevant research methodologies, and further utilize and build on knowledge, skills and values developed throughout the Nordic Master of Social Work and Welfare.
The module deepens the students` knowledge in social work and welfare. The course will deal with the following topics:
Two seminars and project work
|Name of exam||Master's Thesis|
|Type of exam|
Master's thesis/final projectThe research project at a minimum of 36 and a maximum of 44 pages – equivalent to a minimum 18 000 and maximum 22 000 words – is designed to be an in-depth evaluation and/or analyses of social work and welfare.
The master’s thesis must document skills in applying academic theory and methods to a specific academic subject. The thesis completes the programme.
The maximum scope of an assignment or a project is defined as a number of standard pages. A standard page corresponds to 500 words.
Notes and lists of references are included in the word count, whereas the title page, table of contents and summary are not. Appendices can be added. Appendices are usually not produced by the examinee, but con-tain presentations/reproductions of source material and are not included in the word count. Appendices must, however, correspond somewhat to the scope of the project.
The master`s thesis consisting of minimum 18 000 and maximum 22 000 words will be assessed by two examinators – in Denmark one of the examinators will be external.
Within a month after the submitting of the thesis, the student is required to give an oral defence.
|Assessment||7-point grading scale|
|Type of grading||External examination|
|Criteria of assessment||The criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures|
|Language of instruction||English|
|Location of the lecture||Campus Aalborg|
|Responsible for the module|
|Study Board||Study Board of MSc in Social Work|
|Department||Department of Sociology and Social Work|
|Faculty||The Faculty of Social Sciences|