Syllabus for Master's Thesis

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A revised version of the syllabus is available.

Syllabus

  • 30 credits
  • Course code: 2FE840
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Business Studies A2E

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2008-02-19
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2020-02-05
  • Revised by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: week 01, 2021
  • Entry requirements: The Master's Thesis course is available to students admitted to the Master Programme in Business and Management and the Master Programme in Accounting and Financial Management who have achieved at least 45 credits within the programme.
  • Responsible department: Department of Business Studies

Decisions and guidelines

Course within the Master's Programme in Business and Management and the Master's Programme in Accounting and Financial Management.. The course syllabus was approved by the board of the Department of Business Studies on delegation from the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Learning outcomes

The Master's Thesis course runs throughout a full semester and constitutes the final and concluding task in the Master Programme in Business and Management and the Master Programme in Accounting, Auditing and Analysis. During the course, students will study research methods, will design and do an empirical study and present this in a written report called a Master's thesis.

Knowledge and understanding
During the Master's Thesis course, the student shall:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the main field of study, including both broad knowledge of the field and a considerable degree of specialised knowledge in certain areas of the field as well as insight into current research and development work
  • demonstrate specialised methodological knowledge in the main field of study

Competence and skills
During the Master's Thesis course, the student shall:
  • demonstrate the ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge and to analyse, assess and deal with complex phenomena, issues and situations even with limited information
  • demonstrate the ability to identify and formulate issues critically, independently and creatively as well as to plan and use appropriate methods, undertake advanced tasks within predetermined time frames, and to contribute to the formation of knowledge as well as the ability to evaluate this work
  • demonstrate the ability in speech and writing, to report clearly and discuss his or her conclusions and the knowledge and arguments on which they are based in dialogue with different audiences, both in a national and international context
  • demonstrate the skills required for participation in research and development work or for independent work in other advanced contexts

Judgement and approach
During the Master's Thesis course, the student shall:
  • demonstrate the ability to assessments with regard to scientific, social and ethical aspects, and to demonstrate an awareness of ethical aspects of research and development work
  • demonstrate insight of the possibilities and limitations of research, its role in society and the responsibility of the individual for how it is used, and
  • demonstrate the ability to identify the personal need for further knowledge in the field and to take responsibility for his or her ongoing learning

Content

Within the framework of the Master's Thesis course, you will explore different ways of finding information, defining the scope of a project and doing research, as well as different ways of communicating the results. The Master's thesis course includes the stages of defining a topic and formulating a problem statement, selecting and reviewing relevant literature, designing an empirical study as well as performing it, including data collection and analysis, analysing the empirical data, make theoretical conclusions and finally writing and rewriting a written report called a Master's thesis. Students will work in pairs to write the thesis.

Instruction

The language of instruction is English. You will work in pairs to do most of the assignments. The course consists of compulsory seminars, lectures and tutoring.

Assessment

The student will get one single grade, equivalent to 30 credits.

Your performance in the course will be evaluated mainly on the basis of the final thesis, but class participation and thesis defence are also taken into account. Grading criteria are presented in the study guide that applies to the course section. The following grades will be used: VG (pass with distinction), G (pass), and U (fail). In order to pass the Master's Thesis course, students need to complete all mandatory course elements and to hand in an approved thesis within the prescribed time limit. All tutoring ends after the final seminar.

For students who have not received a passing grade for the course, there is the opportunity to be examined by handing in a revised version of the thesis without re-registration on the course. The opportunity to conduct seminar activities is only possible via re-registration during subsequent course sections.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.

Uppsala University does not accept cheating or plagiarism. Suspected incidents of cheating or plagiarism are reported to the Vice-Chancellor, which may issue a formal warning to the student or suspend the student from studies for a certain period.

NOTE: Only completed courses can count toward a degree.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 03, 2021

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Additional literature will be chosen depending on the subject of the thesis

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Bell, Emma; Bryman, Alan; Harley, Bill Business research methods

    Fifth edition: Oxford: Oxford University Press, [2019]

    Find in the library

    Mandatory