What is a Masters thesis?
A Masters thesis is a scientific research project that is intended to demonstrate the student’s capacity for doing independent work. It is intended to be a genuine contribution of new knowledge and belongs to a specific genre of writing, namely scientific research. The process of research as well as the writing of the thesis will offer an occasion for creativity and intellectual growth within the context of a scientific project.
What is the aim of the thesis course?
Students taking this course should follow the guidelines provided here and in the course outline MKVM13, and also the individual advice of members of staff who supervise students during the course. A thesis usually consists of a combination of theoretical and empirical analysis related to an issue within media and communication studies. Usually a thesis is a based on a case study, and mixes theoretical and empirical research together, so that empirical research is analysed in relation to relevant theories and concepts for the topic of study. Please choose a topic that is relevant to the areas of study within the programme. It is important that all students have a green light for their thesis outline from their supervisor before beginning the research during the Spring term.
How does the course work?
Our department runs a specific course for all students where you will be developing your project, determining your methodological approach, defining your empirical materials, and getting practical advice about writing a thesis. See the documents on how to write your thesis proposal for further guidance. Much of the work in this course is devoted to independent research in collaboration with your supervisor, alongside cooperation with other students who will also be working on their respective theses. There is a timetable for the thesis with key dates regarding the thesis outline, supervision, and submission. At the end of the course, as part of the evaluation process, your thesis will be critically discussed and graded in an examination seminar headed by an examiner.