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Thesis Preparation


Admission requirements

Course for students enrolled in Master’s programme Crisis and Security Management on the basis of the curriculum before the academic year 2020-2021. Students are in need of permission from the Board of Examiners to enrol in this course, after consulting study advice.


In the course ‘Thesis Preparation’ students will be provided with concrete advice and practical tools to conduct their own thesis research. Further, the course wil deepen the knowledge on research designs and research methods students acquired in the course Research Design.

The course is divided into digital shorts (to be viewed in preparation of live webinars) and three live webinars.

In the first live webinar, a Q&A session is organised about the setup of the course and the thesis process (with the thesis coordinator).

The students then have to choose two ‘method labs’: workshops during which students gain more insight into specific research methodologies (e.g. interviewing) that are relevant for their own thesis. Each method lab consists of a number of digital shorts, followed by an online webinar with exercises and a Q&A.

Course objectives

After the course, students have:

  1. Gained profound knowledge in specific methodological skills, relevant to the thesis project;

  2. Fine-tuned their research proposal for their thesis project enabling them to start implementing their research.


On the right-hand side of the programme front page of the E-guide you will find links to the website and timetables, uSis and Brightspace.

Mode of instruction

This course consists of a number of digital shorts and three live webinars. Participation in the live webinars is required.

Total study load 140 hours

  • Contact hours: 26 (one introductory session of two hours, one workshop of four hours, and ten method lab sessions of 2 hours each)

  • Self-study hours: reading, watching the digital shorts, preparing skills labs, working on thesis proposal, etc.: 114

Assessment method

Students are not obliged to hand in an assignment at the first opportunity in order to make use of the re-sit opportunity. The re-sit assignment will test the same course objectives, but will be different in terms of topics, cases or substance.

  • Two assignments that are part of the two method labs (each assignment counts for 50% of total grade)

Grade for the 50% assignments cannot be compensated, a 5.50 for both assignments is required to pass the course

If a student passed an assignment, it is not possible to participate in a re-sit in order to obtain a higher grade.

Reading list

To be announced on Brightspace.


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

Leiden University uses Brightspace as its online learning management system. Important information about the course is posted here.
After enrolment for the course in uSis you are also enrolled in the Brightspace environment of this course.


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Phone number: +31 (0)71 527 6688