Business Administration Ma, Master Thesis, 15 Credits
Subject/Main field: Företagsekonomi
Cycle: Second cycle
Progressive specialization: A1E - Second cycle, contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
Answerable department: Department of Business, Economics and Law
Answerable faculty: Faculty of Human Sciences
Date of change: 6/10/2014
Version valid from: 8/25/2014
The aim of the course is to provide practicing to
- independently identify, analyze and present a business administrational problem,
- reflect about theory-, model- and methodological issues in business
administration and to
- independently plan, work out, and in writing and orally present an inquiry – a
master thesis – on a scientific basis.
After having gone through the course the student should be able to
- independently identify and argue for central issues in the chosen topic
- with a high degree of independency delineate, design and work out a
minor research task with relevance for theory and problem formulation,
- independently work out an opposition, and put other students´ works
into a broader perspective.
A master thesis requires ten weeks studies. The course implies that the student in cooperation with a tutor, in pairs of two, is supposed to independently work out a minor research task. If special circumstances exist, the course coordinator may decide that the essay can be written individually. The scope should be approximately 40 pages. The course ends with seminars in which students actively participate in the defense of their thesis and opposition in other thesis. There are different evaluation criteria for master theses compared to bachelor theses, for example when it comes to analytical stringency, critical approach and clarity.
Business Administration 90 H E Credits and advanced level at least 7,5 H E Credits or corresponding education.
Selection rules and procedures
The selectionprocess is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.
The course consists mainly of tutorial meetings, when the student is guided by a tutoring professor in issues regarding problem formulation, literature, design, work out and presentation. The tutor´s influence and control is however reduced in order to create space for the students´ autonomy, creativity and personal responsibility. Nevertheless, the student should present her or his work to the tutor on three occasions during the process. The thesis coordinator and the tutor decides to which extent there should be compulsory seminars in a thesis course.
The examination has the shape of
- grading of the completed thesis
- opposition on another student´s thesis
The course will be graded on the basis of the version of the thesis which the tutor has approved. The grade will be registered when the revised thesis is delivered in one copy to the department.
Grading system www.miun.se/betygskriterier
The grades A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F are given on the course. On this scale the grades A through E represent pass levels, whereas Fx and F represent fail levels.
Litteratur väljs i samråd med handledaren. Litteraturstudien bör svara mot ca 1000-1500 sidor.
Literatures are to be found individually, after consultation with supervising professor. Normally the candidate will have to cover some 1000-1500 pages for the completion of the master thesis.