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International Relations and Diplomacy Master Thesis Lab



In the thesis laboratory, students learn to prepare a thesis proposal and to provide constructive feedback on proposals worked on by their fellow students. The thesis laboratory provides students with an opportunity to work out their proposal step by step. Once a draft proposal is ready, they present it to obtain feedback by peers and the course instructor. Specific topics to be addressed include: topic relevance, theoretical framework chosen, methodology and data collection issues, ways of analysis and evaluation of results. A satisfactory thesis research proposal is expected from all students as the final result of the course.

Methods of Instruction

Presentation of (draft) thesis proposals by students, small group discussions and individual meetings.

Study material

A selection of student thesis proposals (made available on the course webpage). Recommended literature on research design and methodology.


(Draft) thesis proposal; presentation of the thesis proposal in class; class participation.


Wednesday 4 February until 25 March, 11.00-13.00 hrs room A3.02, Lange Voorhout 44, The Hague (except 11, 18 March in B1.01)

Admission requirements

For MIRD students only.