Master thesis with SDC

The MSc thesis is an important part of your master programme. Students from the programmes MDR, MID, MLE, MLP and MOA can do their thesis with SDC if they meet the course requirements.

On this page you will find the information needed to plan and start your master thesis at SDC. For personal advice, please contact the education coordinator or plan an intake meeting online.

The "road" to SDC

Different master programmes and specializations give access to SDC thesis supervision.

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Course requirements

MDR

The following courses are required for SDC supervision:

  • SDC-21804 Introduction to the Sociology of Knowledge and Development
  • SDC-33306 Methodology for Field Research in the Social Sciences
  • SDC-30806 Political Ecologies of Natural Resource Distribution
  • SDC-80436 MSc thesis Sociology of Development and Change

MID

SDC supervises in 2 MID specializations: Sociology of Development (A) and Governance and politics of Development (D). Within the A specialization there is a special Disaster and Conflict track.

MID specialization A

Thesis track SDC

  • SDC-32306 Anthropology of Development and Change
  • SDC-80436 MSc thesis Sociology of Development and Change

Thesis track Disaster and Conflict

  • SDC-34306 Studying Crisis: conflict, disaster and the social
  • SDC-80736 MSc Thesis Disaster studies

MID specialization D

  • SDC-35806 Politics of Development: State, Property and Resistance
  • SDC-80436 MSc thesis Sociology of Development and Change

MLE

SDC supervises in 3 MLE specializations: Tourism and development (A), Tourism and natural resources (B), and Tourism and Global Mobilities (C).

The following courses are advisable for SDC supervision:

MLE specialization A

  • SDC-32306 Anthropology and Development
  • SDC-80436 MSc thesis Sociology of Development and Change

MLE specialization B

  • SDC-30806 Political ecologies of natural resource distribution
  • SDC-80436 MSc thesis Sociology of Development and Change

MLE specialization C

  • SDC-34306 Studying Crisis: conflict, disaster and the social
  • SDC-30736 MSc thesis Disaster studies

MLP

The following courses are required for SDC supervision:

  • GEO-37306 Global Landscapes and Place-Making
  • SDC-32306 Anthropology and Development
  • SDC-80436 MSc Thesis Sociology of Development and Change

MOA

The following courses are required for SDC supervision:

  • SDC-30806 Governance, Livelihoods and Resources
  • SDC-80436 MSc Thesis Sociology of Development and Change

Steps to take

1. Think about thesis topics

Have a look at our overview of thesis topics per supervisor. This overview gives information on the field of expertise of all RSO supervisors. Students can use this overview get inspiration on their topic or to see which supervisors fit best their research.

More inspiration on thesis topics:

2. Read MSC thesis protocol and SADE thesis guidelines

Both documents contain the rights and rules for doing a master thesis and can be downloaded from this site (column on the right). The OWI reference site (intranet site) is another source of usefull information (see grey button on the right).

3. Intake meeting

The intake meeting with the education coordinator will link the thesis topic to a possible supervisor. The intake meeting is mandatory and can be booked online via Calendly.

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. According to the WUR travel policy, travel to areas with a higher risk requires an approved risk assessment.

If you want to travel to a country or area with a higher or visible safety risk, you must do the following:

  • You need prior written permission from your supervisor if there is a code yellow, red or orange for the country/area in question.
  • Read more about this in the Travel policy WUR
  • To request permission, complete the questionnaire as thoroughly as possible and add this to your request for a trip abroad.
  • Before you leave follow the Basic Safety and security course.
  • Register in advance on the site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the period in which you’ll be abroad. Be aware during your stay of any worsening of the situation with regard to safety.
  • Download the national government’s travel advice app onto your mobile phone so you can keep informed of the local situation during your stay.
Process request student travel

More detailed documents can be downloaded from this site (in the right column).