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MA Thesis Literary Studies (research)


The thesis is a written report of research which the student has carried out under supervision
by a lecturer but with a high degree of independence.

In principle, the thesis must be of sufficient quality (possibly following some modifications) to be published in an academic journal in the relevant field.

The thesis must demonstrate among others that the student is able to:

  • a. Completely independently formulate a research question which displays insight into
    the methodological principles, central issues and state of the art of his or her field of

  • b. Independently formulate a realistic research plan which fulfils the criteria set in the
    relevant field of research;

  • c. Critically and analytically report on existing academic debates and propose creative
    solutions based on secondary literature;

  • d. Apply the more complex concepts/methods of his or her field to a corpus of primary
    source material (whether existing or collected during the student’s own research);

  • e. Formulate ideas clearly and correctly.

The scope of the MA thesis generally corresponds to a maximum of 1000 words per EC including notes, bibliography and
appendices per credit point. A ResMa thesis of 25 EC equals around 25.000 words.

See also Master Thesis Regulations