Master's Thesis Conflicts, Territories and Identities
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Course moduleMAN-MTHCTI
Credits (ECTS)24
CategoryMA (Master)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Nijmegen School of Management; Master Human Geography;
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prof. dr. H. Ernste
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prof. dr. H.J. van Houtum
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dr. O.T. Kramsch
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prof. dr. A. Lagendijk
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dr. F. Landau-Donnelly
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Academic year2023
FM-JAAR  (04/09/2023 to 31/08/2024)
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Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
After completing the Master's Thesis CTI the student is able to:
  • Independently conduct scientific research within the realm of the chosen specialization of human geography;
  • Critically discuss and position his/her own research in ongoing debates in human geography;
  • Critically reflect on his/her conceptual framework, methodology and methods for collection of data;
  • Consider one's own positionally and the role of academic knowledge within the dynamics of a shifting world order
  • Present his/her research findings in accordance with academic standards, both in written and verbal formats.

Based on your approved research proposal (see course Preparation for the Master's thesis), you will start your Master's thesis research at the organisation of your choice, where you will do your research internship.

You will have two supervisors: a supervisor at the internship provider and your Master's thesis supervisor at the university. However, since the thesis research is intended to prove your competency as a researcher, you will essentially conduct your research independently, with the supervisors coming in to support you with advice and coaching. This means that you will do your research work yourself, and that you also take the initiative with this.

Your research will result in a scientific research report (the Master's thesis), however optionally it could also take another brief form, such as a presentation at the internship organization, a policy brief, etc, to ensure the thesis has a wider societal outreach.

You are also responsible for the time management of the research and of your research internship. Experience has shown that such a Master's thesis research project will take at least six months, although not working full time. So it is advisable to start as soon as possible (but of course not before your research proposal is approved). Your Master's thesis research should be a scientific, theory-led empirical research project taking a practical socio-spatial problem as its starting point.


Presumed foreknowledge
Bachelor's degree in Human Geography or related discipline. This course can be taken as an optional course for Erasmus or other exchange students only if they are enrolled in the full Human Geography Master's programme as part of their learning agreement for exchange students.

If you plan to take the full one-year Master's programme as part of your two-term international exchange visit, and if you want to earn full credits and qualify for the corresponding Master's degree at a later stage, then you should contact the Study Advisor (Mirjam Schambach). Make sure you do this in advance so the necessary formal arrangements can be made.
Test information

Ma 1

Instructional modes


Test weight1
Test typeThesis
OpportunitiesBlock FM-JAAR