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MA Thesis Arts and Culture (Research)


Admission Requirements

To be a registered as a student of the Research Master Arts and Culture.


The thesis is a written report of research which the student has carried out under supervision by a lecturer but with a high degree of independence. In principle, the thesis must be of sufficient quality (possibly following some modifications) to be published in an academic journal in the relevant field.

The scope of the MA thesis generally corresponds to a maximum of 1000 words per EC including notes, bibliography and appendices per credit point. A Research Master thesis of 25 EC equals around 25.000 words.

Course Objectives

The thesis must demonstrate among others that the student is able to:
a. Completely independently formulate a research question which displays insight into the methodological principles, central issues and state of the art of his or her field of research;
b. Independently formulate a realistic research plan which fulfils the criteria set in the relevant field of research;
c. Critically and analytically report on existing academic debates and propose creative solutions based on secondary literature;
d. Apply the more complex concepts/methods of his or her field to a corpus of primary source material (whether existing or collected during the student’s own research);
e. Formulate ideas clearly and correctly.