2nd Semester Project


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module


The objectives of this module are: 

  • to provide students with additional factual and theoretical knowledge within the subject areas of the modules of the second semester, and to give them the opportunity to reflect on theories and their usability in specific contexts in a critical manner 

  • to gain experience with empirical data collection and reflect on this process 

  • to gain experience in collecting large quantities of data and information and processing it in order to solve a particular problem 

  • to gather experience in cooperating in a team of people with different competences and cultural backgrounds and to practice discussing potentially controversial issues while respecting other people’s opinions 

  • to practice working actively in an English-language project process and to practice academic writing in English  

  • to organize problem-based project work and reflect upon progress in organization and cooperation 

  • to train students in identifying a suitable research problem for the project and creating an appropriate research design which will enable them to complete the project within a set deadline. 


Students form groups and define a problem relevant to the modules of the second semester. The group will work on the problem independently. The university provides academic supervision. Students must discuss various theories and select one or several, which they deem to be relevant. Unless it is a purely theory-based project, students must discuss which type of empirical data might be relevant in this context and organize the data collection. The topic of the project must be formulated as a problem, and students must seek to answer this problem. The answer must be based on theoretical reflection and – unless it is a purely theory-based project – be empirically grounded. 

Learning objectives


  • possess additional knowledge of theories and practices within the subject areas covered in the second semester modules and can reflect on these on a scientific basis 

  • possess further knowledge and understanding of the themes within these fields and various approaches to the study of these. 


  • can use their knowledge to select theories that serve the analytical purpose and at the same time remain critical to these theories. 

  • can collect empirical data systematically in order to solve a problem within the topics covered in the second semester's modules and reflect critically on this process (unless having worked on a purely theory-based project). 

  • can integrate theory and empirical data on an interdisciplinary basis 

  • can communicate in written and spoken academic English. 


  • can reflect and argue on the basis of scientific knowledge 

  • can work purposely on an answer to a given problem and within a set deadline 

  • can work in a team of people with different competences and cultural backgrounds. 

Type of instruction

The module consists of the written student project. The project must be written in groups of 3 to 6 students. Students intending to write the project alone or in a two-person group must apply to the study board for dispensation from this general rule. 



Name of exam2nd Semester Project
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
The examination for Project Module is an external oral examination on the basis of a written project report. The examination is based on the project report produced by a group of students.

Page requirements in standard pages (2400 keystrokes):

1 student: min 20 pages, max 25 pages (only possible with a dispensation from the study board)
2 students: min 25 pages, max 35 pages (only possible with a dispensation from the study board)
3 students: min 30 pages, max 45 pages
4 students: min 35 pages, max 55 pages
5-6 students: min 40 pages, max 60 pages

Duration of examination: The maximum duration of the examination is 20 minutes per student plus 10 minutes per project, up to a total limit of two hours. This includes time for grading and announcement of the result.
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 title2nd Semester Project
Module code2022IR9
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