For doing a thesis we follow the guidelines of respectively the BSc thesis protocol, the Internship protocol and the MSc thesis protocol of the Social Sciences Group. Below the steps of doing/organising a MSc thesis in the Business Economics Group are given.Thesis Procedure Business Economics _2016 Final.
The procedures for doing a BSc thesis and an Internship are similar, the only differences are:
> There is no colloquium about the research proposal of the BSc thesis and Internship (see step 5)
> The colloquium about the results of the BSc thesis is possible in Dutch and about the results of the Internship in English
> The evaluation forms are different from the MSc form (see step 9). In the BSc evaluation form the weights of the different aspects are similar to the MSc thesis. In the Internship evaluation form the weights of the different aspects are: research competence (40%), report (35%), self-reflection on Internship (15%), final colloquium (5%) and examination (5%)
Organising a thesis project:
1. Student checks whether he/she fulfils the prerequisites for writing thesis with the Business Economics Group and thinks about his/her interests (on our website examples of thesis subjects can be found).
2. Student should organise a MSc intake with Prof.dr.ir. Alfons Oude Lansink and for a BSc intake with dr.ir. Monique Mourits. Intakes can take place on Tuesdays from 13.00-13.30 hrs. or Thursdays from 13.00-13.30 hrs. Duration: approx. 15 - 30 minutes. Contact the secretary for an appointment. The secretary will check whether the student meets the prerequisites in the CSA system. At the end of the intake the student will be introduced to the supervisor.
3. Student and supervisor fill in the thesis contract and deliver it to the secretary. The contracts can be found here: thesis contract. This contract ensures that agreements made between supervisor and student are official. It has to be signed by the student, supervisor and professor and delivered to the secretary. Copies will be given to everybody involved, including the director of studies.
4. Student writes a research proposal (in English or in Dutch: the Dutch written proposals should also include an English title), the supervisor sends the proposal to the secretary and organises the date of the first colloquium with the secretary. The secretary adds your picture and other information to the Thesis photo gallery at the Business Economics Group. An example of a research proposal can be found here: example. Information that should be on the proposal is: full name of the student, registration number, title, course code, start- and ending date, supervisors (including supervisors from other groups or organisations).
Colloquium about the research proposal
5. Student presents his/her research proposal in 15 minutes and there is 5 minutes time for discussion. The language of the colloquium is English. Student should prepare a PowerPoint. Thesis students have to visit the presentations of other thesis students! The colloquia are scheduled on the first and third Thursday of every month. Not later than three days before the presentation the student should inform the secretary about the title. The secretary will send an announcement to all tutors of Business Economics, all current thesis students and all students who followed the relevant courses in the academic year (before). The supervisor gets a presentation list that has to be signed by all students present and it should be handed to the secretary afterwards.
Writing the report
6. The research will be executed as described in the research proposal. The student writes a report in either Dutch or English. The final version can be printed on costs of the Business Economics Group. We have our own pre-printed covers, which should be used. Three copies of the final version should be provided to the Business Economics Group: one for the supervisor, one for our own archive and one for the WUR library.
Colloquium about the results
7. Student presents his/her final results. Student should prepare a PowerPoint and present in English. The colloquia are scheduled on the first and third Thursday of every month. Not later than three days before the presentation the student should inform the secretary about the title. The secretary will send an announcement to all tutors of Business Economics, all current thesis students and all students who followed the relevant courses in the academic year (before). The colloquium takes 20 minutes presentation and 10 minutes discussion and should be in English. The supervisor gets a presentation list that has to be signed by all students present and it should be handed to the secretary afterwards.
8. Supervisor and student organise a date for the final examination assessment with prof.dr.ir. H. Hogeveen or dr.ir. M. Meuwissen. During this assessment (30 minutes) questions will be asked about the thesis research.
9. To assess the final grade for the thesis work, the examinator and supervisor evaluate several aspects: Research competence (35%), Thesis report (50%), Final Colloquium (5%), Examination (10%). More details can be found in the official WU evaluation form (XLSX, 9 KB).