Upon completion of this course, you are able to:
- set up an analytical research of a substantial size and to carry it out under supervision that meets all the requirements set for historical-scientific research in the field. This includes being able to:
- formulate a clear and well-defined research question, appropriate to the requested scope;
- formulate a research question that invites analysis and that is demonstrably relevant to the scientific discussion (status quaestionis) about this topic;
- methodically collect and analyze relevant sources and current secondary literature;
- applying a chosen method, concept(s)/ and or underlying theory, as well as providing a clear description and justification for these;
- set up and implement a historical-scientific argumentation that seeks connection with the professional discussion;
- set up a methodical, interpretive and/ or synthesizing argument that is orderly, clear, and in accordance to the rules of scientific verifiability.
- take full responsibility in the preparation, planning, and execution of the research and to actively reflect on this process.
The requirements to be set for the master's thesis follow from the objectives of the master's programme in History: to acquire a professional scientific knowledge of history for the purpose of fulfilling social tasks from an advanced historical expertise and as a basis for being able to conduct historical research.
The general standard for a successful master's thesis is that it shows that you are capable of interpreting the scientific debate in the relevant field. This means that you know how to fit the chosen topic and the research question into the current state of knowledge and discussion within the field. The thesis demonstrates that, under supervision, you are able to set up and execute a historical argument of approximately 15,000 words (excluding title page, table of contents, footnotes, bibliography and source list and not self-produced appendices). In it you will demonstrate, in addition to mastery of general scientific skills, insight into the specific character of your specializations within the historical discipline.
Deadlines and further course information can be consulted in the study manual on Brightspace after registration. If you have any questions, please contact the course coordinator.
The master's thesis is assessed on the basis of a rubric form, which can be found in the course manual on Brightspace. Here you will also find the standards for the master's thesis. Make note of this at the start of the thesis process so that you know what is expected of you.
This course starts twice a year: once in the first semester (September-January) and once in the second period (October-March).
The course that starts in the first semester is only meant for students who have succesfully completed the preparatory assignments and the presentation, but were unable to complete the thesis itself.
Students who have not yet completed the preparatory assignments and the presentation, or students who start with their thesis for the first time, should enroll in the course that starts in the second period.