Master thesis with SDC

The MSc thesis is an important part of your master programme. Students from MID, MDR, MOA, MFN, MIL, and MLP can do their thesis with SDC if they meet the requirements. Students from other master programmes can do a thesis with SDC but only in collaboration with other chairgroups.

Sociology of Development and Change

The chairgroup Sociology of Development and Changes includes 3 thesis tracks: Sociology of Development thesis track (for MID-A), Disaster and Conflict thesis track (for MID-A), and the Anthropology of Law thesis track (for MID-D). Each chair has its own specific thesis track (a combination of a thesis and a thesis preparatory course) in the MID programme. MID-A students interested in this thesis track need to follow the course SDC-32306 Anthropology and Development.

Disaster studies thesis

Disaster studies aims to understand how disasters and conflicts come about, how they affect people, and how they transform societies. MID-A students interested in this thesis track need to follow the course SDC-34306 Studying Crisis: Conflict, Disaster and the Social. This will give them access to a thesis supervised by the Chair Disaster studies.

Anthropology of Law thesis

Anthropology of law is the study of the workings of law from an anthropological perspective. Law is studied as a social and cultural phenomenon consisting of sets of rules in the form of written texts, norms, conventions, and customs, as they are used and produced by actors in specific contexts. MID-D students can do their thesis with this chair if they follow the course SDC-35806 Politics of Development: State, Property and Resistance.


As soon as students have a more or less fixed idea of what they want to do for their master research, they need to plan a meeting with the education coordinator Jessica de Koning. She will direct you to a supervisor for your thesis.

Please read the Protocol and SADE Guidelines before starting the Master thesis
Jessica de Koning

Thesis topics

Have a look at our overview of thesis topics per supervisor. This overview gives information on the field of expertise of all SDC supervisors. Students can use this overview get inspiration on their topic or to see which supervisors fit best their research. Sometimes, specific thesis opportunities pop up. Like our Facebook page to get the latest updates on these thesis possibilities.


There are different requirements for each Master programme to do a thesis with SDC. Check with your study advisor first to make sure you are eligible for a master thesis with SDC. For an overview of the course requirements, have a look at the SADE Guidelines for Master thesis (See Documents on your right).

Risk assessment is mandatary for all students travelling to an area of risk
Jessica de Koning

Risk assessment

A large part of MSc thesis research takes place abroad. Before deciding on topic and country, students should check the security situation and the risk involved in doing a Master thesis research in a particular country. All students travelling to an area of risk are required to fill in the risk assessment (see Important Documents).