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Thesis Seminar Arts and Culture/Literary Studies (research): Continuation


Admission requirements

Students must have passed the first two semesters of the RMA.


This seminar will train students in writing a research proposal. It can serve as a preparation for their final thesis, but also for submitting a PhD proposal to a funding body such as the Dutch Foundation for Scientific Research. During the seminar we will work through various formats of research proposals, varying from short abstracts for a paper at a conference to a full-blown phd proposal.
To get the most out of this seminar it is very helpful if students already have an idea of the subject(s) they want to work on. This can be their thesis subject, but they can also choose another topic, and even work on producing a research proposal for an existing research project or published book.

Course objectives

Knowledge: by the end of the seminar students will have obtained a thorough knowledge of the major ways of writing a research proposal and presenting it
Skills: students will be able to analyse their research interests, formulate a research question, the methods to investigate it, a hypothesis to answer these questions, to find the relevant bibliography in a short time, and to write the proposal in clear English


See the website of Literary Studies (research) and Arts and Cultures (research)

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

Individual and group feedback on participation during the seminar (30%); feedback on oral presentations (30%); feedback on written submissions (40%)



Reading list

To be announced


Via uSis

Contact information

Prof. dr C.A. van Eck,
071 527 2693