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Thesis Security Studies


Admission requirements

  • All study credits year 1 bachelor Security Studies

  • At least 45 study credits year 2 bachelor Security Studies (to be obtained and registered by the end of semester 2, year 2)

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

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

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


This is the final compulsory module for students taking the Bachelors in Security Studies programme. To pass this course, students are expected to complete a bachelor’s thesis on a security and/or safety related topic presented by 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, materials, share their research and receive feedback. The supervisor will define the research area that students will explore, and help students identify theoretical lenses and empirical material to analyse in their thesis.

Course objectives

  1. Students will develop the ability to analyse and draw conclusions from empirical material.
  2. Students will learn how to relate their own analyses of empirical material to an existing body of academic literature.
  3. Students will develop the necessary skills to write an extended piece of academic research.
  4. Students will learn how 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 Blackboard.

Mode of instruction

The course will be taught via a series of group supervisions.

Course Load

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

Assessment method

Thesis counts for 100% of final grade. Attendance is mandatory.

Re-sit takes the same form.

No supervision after final deadline first take. In a case student does not pass the retake he/she fails the course. The student should start over next academic year and will be assigned to a new thesis group.


A Blackboard site will be available to students at least a week before the start of the module. Each supervisor will assign their own materials so students will be put into groups on Blackboard and appropriate readings will be assigned accordingly.

Reading list

Information on readings will be announced on Blackboard.


Use both uSis and Blackboard to register for every course.

Register for every course and workgroup via uSis. 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. Registration in uSis is possible from four weeks before the start of the course.

Also register for every course in Blackboard. Important information about the course is posted there.


Thesis coordinator dr. Simon Willmetts


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