At the end of this course, the student will be able to conduct theoretical or empirical economic research on a subject within the specialisation at Bachelor’s level by:
- Formulating a clear research question (and possible hypotheses) embedded in the literature;
- Reasoned choosing of methodology and critically reflecting on (economic) research methods based on their internal consistency, validity and explanatory power;
- Providing an in-depth analysis of the results and by connecting economic theory and practice;
- Having a logical and conclusive answer to the research question and bringing forward possible recommendations for further research in light of own contribution.
- Communicate clearly in an academic economic language at Bachelor’s level in writing
- Communicate clearly in an academic economic language at Bachelor’s level in speaking
- Define the contours of the own competences concerning knowledge and skills regarding to a following study programme, new learning goals and ways.
At least 102EC of your programme finished till the results of the block 1 exam week (incl. Academic skills, OIM-A & OIM-B) for Economie en Bedrijfeconomie and Bedrijfskunde - Bedrijfseconomie. IE&B are required to have at least 90EC (incl. Academic skills, MRI and Statistics) before start of the academic year. There are no further requirements for pre-Master’s, however you are not advised to write the thesis in case of insufficient studyprogress.
Throughout the course, a series of (group) thesis meetings with your supervisor take place. Prior to each meeting, you have a deadline for submitting an assignment and the assignments will be discussed during the group meetings with your supervisor and/or group. Halfway through Block 4, you will present your research including the preliminary results to your thesis group. You will receive feedback on your results during these meetings from your supervisor and your peers.
The coordinator will also organise an information meeting at the beginning of both block 3 and 4 to inform about the start and wrapping up of the course. There is also support in the form of databases workshops and online tutorials.
Please note that the language of instruction is English. And there are no weblectures available for the group meetings. The 2 lectures by the coordinators might be recorded in case the campus is not opened up yet.
Type of assessment
The research proposal has to be approved in order to continue with your thesis.
- Thesis 85% (needs to be at least a 5,5)
- Presentation 15%
- Self-reflection (needs to be a pass)
It is possible to retake the thesis and the self-reflection.
Duration of validity of the partial results
In case you partake again in the course in another academic year, it is not possible to keep any (partial) grades.
t.b.a. mainly articles
Course goals and content
Writing a Bachelor’s thesis allows you to show your ability to conduct individual economic research on a topic within your specialisation. Close before the start of the course there will be a list of available topics on brightspace. In the first week of the block you submit your preferred topics and a supervisor is assigned to you soon. After that you will write a research proposal draft. This research proposal has to be approved by your supervisor before the end of the block.
The process ends with the submission of your thesis which includes a self-reflection chapter. The deadline for this is at the end of block 4. In total, this course has a study load equal to 12 ECs (including the research proposal) and is divided over the third and fourth block. Exact deadlines are to be found in the course manual on brightspace.
Throughout the courses there are group and individual meetings with your supervisor and you will also be able to participate in dataset workshops.
The Bachelor’s thesis is the end of the three-year Bachelor’s programme or the pre-Master’s and it is designed to test your capacity of thinking and working at a Bachelor’s level, which you have developed over the last couple of years. So, we expect students to write their thesis when they are nearly finishing their programme and therefor to have enough background in economics as well as methods.|
At least 102EC of your programme finished till the results of block 1 (incl. Academic skills, OIM-A & OIM-B) for Economie en Bedrijfeconomie and Bedrijfskunde - Bedrijfseconomie. IE&B are required to have at least 90EC (incl. Academic skills, MRI and Statistics) before start of the academic year. There are no further requirements for pre-Master’s, however you are not advised to write the thesis in case of insufficient studyprogress.|