Half of the program’s final term is reserved for writing the MA thesis. The thesis is based on original research, and makes substantial use of primary material in Chinese and professional literature. It is written in English, and is up to 10.000 words in length: including footnotes and bibliography, and reflecting the scholarly virtues of originality, focus and conciseness. Without the supervisor’s approval, no more than one third of the text shall consist of Chinese-English translation. The thesis must show the student’s ability to conduct original research under supervision, and to make a contribution to scholarship in a way that inspires confidence in her/his ability to prepare written reports of good quality (semi-)independently in a variety of professional settings. Its author must show that s/he is conversant with the discourse as it emerges from influential publications in the field.