Master Thesis
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleSOW-ADSM070
Credits (ECTS)15
CategoryMA (Master)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Social Sciences; Anthropology and Development studies;
dr. A.A.C. Tonnaer
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Contactperson for the course
dr. A.A.C. Tonnaer
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dr. A.A.C. Tonnaer
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Academic year2020
SEM2  (25/01/2021 to 16/07/2021)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
  • You analyse your own data and connect your findings to relevant theoretical perspectives in anthropology and development studies.
  • You structure, analyse and report on the research in a clear and scientific manner in writing.
  • You reflect on your own research process and the specific nature, strengths and limitations of the results.
The Master thesis presents the analysis of your research findings, contributing to the relevant theoretical debates in anthropology and development studies. The thesis is a well-reasoned and clear report of high academic quality. You write the thesis individually under the supervision of a staff member. In the Master thesis, you combine theoretical readings in anthropology and development studies with your own research questions and design, and with an analysis of your own data. You also reflect on your methods and research process. You critically assess the nature of your data, and its limitations and strengths. Through a combination of theoretical views and the research findings, the Master’s thesis contributes to current debates on your topic within the field of anthropology and development studies.

Please refer to the Master Manual, which will be provided at the start of the Master program, for all details on the structure of the thesis and required components. 

Exam information
The thesis will be assessed by the supervisor and a second reader, using an assessment form that is made available to you beforehand. The assessment reflects the course objectives, stressing the quality of the data analysis, treatment of existing debates, the clarity and succinctness of the argument, the (academic) quality of the writing, accuracy of referencing, et cetera. 

Presumed foreknowledge

Test information


Assumed previous knowledge
Participation in the Master Anthropology and Development Studies.
Fieldwork has to be concluded before the writing process can commence.

Instructional modes

Individual supervision.

Test weight1
OpportunitiesBlock HER, Block SEM2