Master's thesis in service leadership in international business MSERMAS
The master's thesis is a carefully crafted research project which defines and explores a research question based on original ideas and scientific arguments. The thesis should have a substantial research component and must be written under the guidance of an advisor. The thesis provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate expertise and represents a test of research independence and self-reliance within service leadership and international business.
Course description for study year 2022-2023. Please note that changes may occur.
The Master's thesis is an independent, individual, and tutored scientific work. The chosen topic must be relevant to important management and scientific areas within the master's program.
The workload is equivalent to one semester of full-time work, or 30 ECTS, which amounts to a student workload of approximately 750-800 hours. A finished dissertation is usually a monograph of 60 to 80 pages. Two students may cooperate on a thesis, in which case the work should be more comprehensive.
It is also possible to write a thesis in an article format. The article should be publishable in a peer-reviewed scientific journal of good quality.
A candidate who has completed the course should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge skills and general competence:
After completing the master's thesis, students have:
advanced knowledge on how to define, present and pursue a topical research question within service leadership and international business
a thorough understanding of how to develop and conduct a scholarly based work of research
the ability to identify research questions suitable for a master's thesis
a thorough understanding of theories and methods that can be used to address the chosen research question at this level of scientific complexity
After completing the master thesis, students can
search relevant sources for theories and data that can address a specific research question
review existing theories and empirical evidence
organize, summarize and analyze data, present and discuss results
write clearly about the chosen research question, discuss results and implications
After completing the master's thesis, students can
plan and complete a large project under supervision and in accordance with existing norms for research ethics
apply knowledge and skills to the chosen area of research
demonstrate high-level abilities for critical thinking and reflection
Required prerequisite knowledge
All first year courses must be passed.
Form of assessment
Course requirement: Oral presentation of thesis project plan for feedback and evaluation with the evaluation: passed or not passed.
Participation in the autumn semester seminar, Master thesis project plan