The objective of the module is:
To enable students to identify a relevant problem within the subject area of the study program and independently structure and carry out a project analyzing this problem at a specialized level.
To enable the students to communicate their findings to an academic audience in the form of a master’s thesis.
The fourth semester of the Master’s programme is reserved for writing the thesis; students will work in detail on an issue related to international relations. The semester coordinator must approve the topic of the thesis, and a deadline for submission will be set.
If the student is collaborating with an external organization during the writing of the Master’s thesis, the master thesis may include a product produced in collaboration with the external partner. The product must be related to the problem formulation as well as the theoretical and methodological framework of the thesis. The nature of the product must be approved by the supervisor.
theories and practices within the chosen problem field of the thesis
empirical context of the chosen problem field of the thesis
are able to identify, analyze and explain issues within the chosen field of the thesis on the basis of different perspectives, approaches and theories
can conduct research independently on the basis of the subject’s theories and methods
can combine various disciplines and research methods related to international relations and reflect on interdisciplinary perspectives
can select relevant theory, methods, and tools for the chosen topic in a critical manner
can apply theory on the chosen topic of the thesis to analyze a specific problem
can articulate and communicate different types of arguments related to the field of international relations to an academic audience
can identify relevant problems within the field of international relations, approach them in a structured and independent manner, and analyze them from a variety of perspectives
can combine various disciplines and research methods related to international relations
can organize collection and analysis of empirical data on issues related to international relations
can reflect and argue on the basis of scientific knowledge
can take independent responsibility for their own academic development and specialisation within their chosen problem field.
The Master’s thesis will be written on the basis of supervision, but students must organise their own thesis process and choose their topic/problem independently and find relevant literature and empirical material of their own accord.
|Name of exam||Master’s Thesis|
|Type of exam|
Master's thesis/final projectMaster’s Thesis will be completed by an externally assessed oral examination on the basis of the submitted written thesis, which may have been prepared individually or in cooperation with other students. The examination will take the form of a conversation between the student(s), the examiner and the external examiner on the basis of the Master’s thesis written by the student(s).
One student: 45 – 70 pages
Two students: 60 – 100 pages
Three students: 75 – 130 pages
Four or more students: 90 – 130 pages
If the master thesis includes a product, this is included in the maximum length mentioned above.
Proportional weighting: The Master’s thesis/the written work is considered the shared responsibility of the group. The Master’s thesis constitutes the basis for the examination and assessment of the oral performance.
|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|
|Danish title||Master’s Thesis|
|Language of instruction||English|
|Location of the lecture||Campus Aalborg|
|Responsible for the module|
|Study Board||Study Board of International Affairs|
|Department||Department of Politics and Society|
|Faculty||Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities|