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Thesis Security Studies


Admission requirements

  • All study credits year 1 BA Security Studies

  • At least 45 study credits year 2 BA Security Studies (to be obtained and registered by February 1st, 2021)

  • Pass the courses Research Methods 1 and Research Methods 2 BA Security Studies

  • Participation in all examination components Research Methods 3 BA Security Studies

  • Some thesis groups may require a pass for specific courses in the first and/or second year of the BA Security Studies.


This is the final compulsory module for students of the BA in Security Studies programme. To pass this course, students are expected to complete a bachelor thesis on a security and/or safety related topic relevant to the programme. Students who take this course will be divided into groups and assigned a supervisor with a particular area of expertise. The supervisor will support their supervisees through group seminars where students get instructions and materials, share their research, and receive feedback. The supervisor will define the research area that students will explore, and help students identify theories and empirical material to address the main question of their thesis.

Course objectives

After this course, students are able to;
1. analyse and draw conclusions from empirical material.
2. relate their own analyses of empirical material to an existing body of academic literature.
3. develop the necessary skills to develop and write-up an extended piece of academic research.
4. to conduct independent research, albeit with the guidance of a supervisor.


On the right side of programme front page of the E-guide you will find links to the website and timetables, uSis and Brightspace.

Mode of instruction

After the initial plenary meeting and group allocation, the instruction will be mostly in the form of group supervision meetings.

420 hours: group meetings and individual research. Most hours will be devoted to individual research activities.

Assessment method

Thesis counts for 100% of final grade.

Resit takes the same form.

No supervision is provided after the final deadline for the first take. In case a student does not pass the retake, he/she fails the course. The student will have to start over in the next academic year when the course if offered and will be assigned to a new thesis group.

Reading list

A selection of readings, to be announced on Brightspace.


Register for every course and workgroup via uSis.
Registration in uSis is possible from four weeks before the start of the course. Some courses and workgroups have a limited number of participants, so register on time (before the course starts). In uSis you can access your personal schedule and view your results.

Leiden University uses Brightspace as its online learning management system. Important information about the course is posted here.
After enrolment for the course in uSis you are also enrolled in the Brightspace environment of this course.


Thesis coordinator dr. Honorata Mazepus