Master's Thesis
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Course moduleLET-TWM400
Credits (ECTS)20
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Arts; Linguistics;
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dr. J.E.J. Aben
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prof. dr. A. Arvaniti
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dr. J.K.M. Berns
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dr. M.E. Broersma
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dr. S.M. Brouwer
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Academic year2023
JAAR  (04/09/2023 to 01/09/2024)
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Course open to students from other facultiesNo
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The aim of the thesis is to give you an opportunity to demonstrate that you can independently apply the knowledge and skills acquired during the MA programme when answering a research question. More specifically, this means that you can:
    • place a specific problem in a broader theoretical context;
    • find the literature relevant to the topic, incorporate it critically and determine its relevance to his/her own specific research;
    • formulate a clear research question and make a reasoned choice of research method that is most suitable for answering the question;
    • collect and analyse the required information in accordance with that method;
    • also interpret this information, not only in the light of the research question, but also in a broader theoretical context; and finally, 
    • write a clear research report that presents all the relevant information.

You will conclude your studies by writing a Thesis in which you report on your own linguistic research. Your thesis work will be supervised by a staff member of The Centre for Language Studies and will involve conducting an original research project on a topic of your own choosing. You will be expected to design and undertake the research project under the guidance of your supervisor, and you will report on the results of this project in a Thesis which will range from 10,000 – 15,000 words (precise length will be established in consultation with your primary supervisor).  

 The thesis is an obligatory part of the Master’s program and has a study load of 20 credits (560 hours). In terms of workload, this means that you should spend 14 weeks (of 40 hours of study) working toward completing your thesis work. You are expected to independently find an appropriate supervisor for your work (list of CLS members available through Brightspace). During the initial stages of your thesis work, you will submit a thesis supervisory agreement which will detail your empirical plan and details about timeline, expected completion and how often you will meet with your supervisor during the process. Additional details regarding the design and organization of the written product, the procedure for beginning and finalizing thesis work and other administrative details can be found on Brightspace in the content folder Thesis.

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Test weight100
Test typeProject
OpportunitiesBlock JAAR, Block JAAR

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