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Thesis for master students

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- Thesis outline
- Practical requirements
- Submitting the thesis

Covid-19 related information

 

Amended assessment criteria due to coronavirus

Due to measures in relation to the coronavirus, many research internship projects have been adapted in academic year 2019-2020. Because of this, we wrote an addendum to the assessment criteria for research internship and thesis. These addenda  provide the flexibility needed to successfully complete and assess these projects in light of this difficult year. These addendum will also be used in academic year 2020-2021 if applicable. 
 
Addendum to the assessment criteria for thesis  v001 of 08-06-2020
Addendum to the assessment criteria for research internship  v001 of 08-06-2020

 

Thesis alternatives for academic year 2020-2021


     PDF: More information on possible alternative scenarios >>

If your research internship project has to be changed due to COVID-19 restrictions, you can use five possible alternatives below to get you started. Please discuss with your first supervisor what fits best for your research field and project situation.

    ⦿ Theoretical thesis: Literature review OR Critical review of target papers.
    ⦿ Hybrid1: Intro and Method according to proposed research plus discussion of hypothetical outcomes.
    ⦿ Hybrid2: Intro and Method according to proposed research plus an analysis of old/existing data.
    ⦿ Hybrid3: Intro and Method according to proposed research plus Modeling data.
    ⦿ Internet-based empirical thesis about your (new) online research.

You might think of other solutions together with your first supervisor.

    Good to know
       • No new ERCPN (ethical board) approval is needed. Please do inform the Ethical Board and your internship supervisors by email if you change the data collection.
       • No new research proposal is needed, should you change the research.

The measures outlined above make it possible for master students to reduce study delay. 
 



The Master thesis is a report on your research during the research internship. All Master students will have to write a thesis.

Master thesis outline

 1. Title page: apart from the title, state your name, ID number, master specialisation, date, location of internship, and the name and affiliation of each supervisor/assessor. Furthermore, provide a total word count (excluding title page, table of contents, reference list, notes and appendices).
 2. Table of contents (note that this is unusual for a research article, but given that the master thesis comprises a larger writing assignment, much larger than a typical article, this table of contents is considered useful)
 3. Summary/Abstract
 4. Introduction
 5. Methods
 6. Results
 7. Discussion and/or Conclusions
 8. References
 9. Notes (if any) and/or appendices (if any)

 Handbook Writing Skills v001 of 27 Aug. 2019
 

Practical thesis requirements

 
All Masters Length guideline:
minimum length of 6.000 words including abstract, tables and in-text references but excluding the list of references. You may use large parts of the research proposal for the introduction and method section of your thesis.

Given that the thesis is supposed to be in the form of a submittable paper, lengthy theses with many appendices etc. are discouraged. Eventually, content and completeness are important.
 
 
 MSWord formatting:  1.5 line spacing, font size 12 Times New Roman or  11 pts for Arial, margins of about 2.5 cm all round.
 
 
The thesis must be written in English, either in British English or in American English.
 
 
Use APA guidelines for referencing.
 
 
The thesis must be written individually.
 
 
File name according to file naming convention >>
 
 
 

Assessment of your thesis

See Assessment & Supervision for practical information.
See Assessment Criteria Thesis for the assessment criteria.
 

Submitting the thesis

The final version of the master thesis must be uploaded in an electronic copy (PDF) via DorsWebApp (except for MMH, see Submitting the thesis for MMH). 
Go to My internship(s) and use the Cloud icon with the up arrow in the column "Document(s)" to upload your final version of your thesis. This final version will be graded by your supervisors who will automatically receive an e-mail including a link to the final version of your thesis.

 This digital copy:
- is required to award credits to your work,
- will be used to check for plagiarism, and
- is archived for future reference.

Please note that the final version of your thesis must be uploaded in a correct way before the final credits will be awarded. In case the name of your electronically submitted thesis is not correct (i.e., not according to the all important formatting rules), it will be removed and you’ll have to hand in your thesis again.
 

Submitting the thesis for MMH

The final version of the master thesis must be uploaded via Canvas in an electronic copy (PDF) and e-mail to both assessors and fpn-internshipmmh@maastrichtuniversity.nl.  

 This digital copy:
- is required to award credits to your work,
- will be used to check for plagiarism, and
- is archived for future reference.

Please note that the final version of your thesis must be uploaded in a correct way before the final credits will be awarded. In case the name of your electronically submitted thesis is not correct (i.e., not according to the all important formatting rules), it will be removed and you’ll have to hand in your thesis again.

 

See also

Timeline and deadlines

Graduation Procedure

Last modified: Wed, 25/11/2020 - 14:21

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