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Master Thesis (CA-DS)


Description and requirements

Thesis (15 ECTS): minimum of 53 pp, based on fieldwork data and literature study. In the MA thesis special attention should be paid to the following:

  • The theoretical presuppositions and their relation to the research findings as worked out in the thesis.

  • Clarity of definition of the research problem; attention, accuracy and precision of data analysis and reliability of the data.

  • The extent to which the author conveys the general social scientific importance.

  • Scientific curiosity and critical reflection on one’s contribution.

  • Conciseness of the research report; the number of pages not to exceed the formal limits: thesis + appendix 53 to 70 pages A4, 1.5 line spacing, letter size 11.

  • Clarity of presentation and writing style.

  • Accurateness in making references and accurate quoting.

  • We recommend writing the thesis in English, Dutch or French.

Mode of instruction

Individual supervision.
N.B.: Also visit the website of the Master-Thesis Lab Scriptie-atelier

Reading list

Dependent on research topic and area.

Assesment method

Assessment of the definitive printed version of the MA thesis is being done by the supervisor and a second reviewer in July and August. Finalisation of the grade is due at the end of August.
A digital (PDF) as wel as a printed version of the thesis must be handed in at the Institute’s Secretariat (room 3A19) before graduation.

In evaluating the thesis the supervisor will use the points of referrence defined by the Institutes Educational Committee.

Each year the Institute for Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology awards the best field research and MA thesis. The award called the Speckmann Award consists of a sum of € 450 and an official award letter. The aim of this award is to improve the quality of research and the MA theses. Evaluation of theses submitted for the prize is carried out by a departmental prize-committee.

Only the staff members may bring theses that they consider eligible for the Speckmann award to the attention of the committee.

N.B. The thesis must be completed within maximum two years after the completion of the fieldwork. After this period of two years the fieldwork data lose their validity and the thesis can no longer be accepted.

Time table

April to June 2011.
Please note that there can be no supervision in July and August due to research obligations of the teaching staff.