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Thesis Seminar Arts and Culture


Admission requirements



This Master Thesis class will introduce students to the requirements and processes of writing a Master Thesis. The students will be guided through the process of designing a research project and preparing a MA thesis outline, including the practical aspects of academic writing (bibliography, reference systems).

Course objectives

Students will be able to:

  • a thorough knowledge of the ways of writing a research proposal and presenting it;

  • the necessary skills for writing a thesis:

    • they will be able to analyse their research interests and formulate a pertinent research question;
    • they will be able to put together a relevant bibliography;
    • they will be able to come up with a hypothesis to answer these questions;
    • they will be able to design a thesis proposal.


Please consult the timetable on the MA Arts and Culture website.

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture

  • Seminar

Course Load

The total course load is 140 hours (5 ec):

  • seminar meetings 7 × 2 hours = 14 hours;

  • compulsory readings = 40 hours;

  • assignments = 86 hours.

Assessment method


  • take home examination;

  • presentation, abstract;

  • outline of Master Thesis.

There will be a Pass or Fail assessment. A Pass is necessary to be admitted to the actual thesis writing.


Blackboard will be used for assignments and communication in general.

Reading list

Readings will be provided (electronically) in class.


Students are required to register for this course via uSis, the course registration system of Leiden University. General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch.


Mw. Dr. M. (Marika) Keblusek