Students must write a thesis based upon dedicated research, under the supervision of a Faculty member, according to Faculty rules. On finishing all the required courses that are part of the curriculum, each student has to submit a thesis of 22.000-25.000 words, plus table of content, bibliography and annexes, on a topic of their interest. The topic is decided upon with the permission and acceptance of the supervisor concerned.
The thesis should not be merely descriptive; it needs to be analytical, well researched, and must demonstrate the student’s ability to synthesize the subject matter. The thesis should be of publishable quality and use an adequate methodology, to be agreed upon with the thesis supervisor.
Note: blended learning students have to write a slightly longer thesis (25.000-30.000 words) in order to make up for the ECTS granted to face-to-face students for their participation in a moot court competition. Blended learners are thus granted 13 ECTS for their thesis instead of 10.
International Institute of Air and Space Law (IIASL)
Law School, Leiden University
Steenschuur 25, 2311 ES Leiden, Netherlands
Postal address: P.O. Box 9520, 2300 RA Leiden, Netherlands
Phone : +31 71 527 8081
Methods of instruction
The students are guided initially by the Academic Co-ordinator or Programme Director and then directed to a supervisor who has specialist knowledge regarding the particular topic or area.
Master degree in law