Master's Thesis


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

It is a mandatory prerequisite that every other module at the programme is passed prior to participating in the master’s thesis.

The Study Board can grant exemption if there are unusual circumstances, and the Study Board simultaneously assesses that the student has the academic prerequisites to be able to start the master’s thesis.

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


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.


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.


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.



Name of examMaster's Thesis
Type of exam
Master's thesis/final project
Oral exam based on a project
Group examination with max. 3 students. The student may also choose to write the project alone
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
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Economics and Business Administration
Study BoardStudy Board of Economics and Business Administration
DepartmentAalborg University Business School
FacultyFaculty of Social Sciences and Humanities