Master’s Thesis


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module


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.  

Learning objectives


  • 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. 

Type of instruction

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. 


Prerequisite for enrollment for the exam

  • All previous modules must have been passed in order for students to take the examination of Master's Thesis.


Name of examMaster’s Thesis
Type of exam
Master's thesis/final project
Master’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).

Thesis length:
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.
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 titleMaster’s Thesis
Module code2022IR19
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Social Sciences in International Relations
Study BoardStudy Board of Politics and Society
DepartmentDepartment of Politics and Society
FacultyFaculty of Social Sciences and Humanities