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BA Thesis African Studies


Admission requirements

The student has fulfilled the programme of the first and second year of the BA African Studies.


The undergraduate programme concludes with a final thesis. After it is approved, it is assigned a grade by the thesis supervisor and the second reader. The size is 10 ECTS (10000 words). In the BA African Studies is it possible to combine a written thesis with a multimodal product, such as a documentary, a website, and/or a podcast. This multimodal product will always be accompanied by a written thesis (4000 to 5000 words) that explains methodology, gives background information, and analyses the process of the making of the multimodal product. In this written part the student also explains the theoretical choices that have been made during the process.

You submit the final version of the BA final paper/product by e-mail to your supervisor and second reader. In doing so, you put the following e-mail address in cc; If the supervisor and/or the second reader request a paper copy, you should submit a paper copy to the supervisor and/or second reader. In addition, a digital archive copy should be uploaded in the thesis repository.

Course objectives

Be able to independently conduct research based on research (literature, fieldwork, digital methods) and record the results of this research in a(n) (multi modal) academic paper or product.


  • Problem solving

  • Analytical thinking

  • Project management

  • Responsibility

  • Commitment

  • Self-regulation

  • Written communication

  • Flexibility

  • Critical thinking

  • Creative thinking

  • Integrity


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Independent research supervised by a lecturer of the programme

  • Participation in the thesis seminar

Assessment method


Conversations and final paper (100%)


In consultation with the supervisor, the paper can be improved.

Reading list

In consultation with supervisor for relevant topic.


Not applicable.


  • For substantive questions, please contact the thesis supervisor and/or study advisor.

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Reuvensplaats