5. Graduation Portal (Thesis project)

Introduction

A thesis project is the finale of your master study. Here you find guidelines, rules and tips to support your project management. Read all information before you ask help from (potential) supervisors, professors, the Graduation Coordinators, the Programme Coordinator or secretaries.

Purpose

The aim of this individual project is to test if you fulfil the following at an academic level:

  • Research quality requirements: You become master of your graduation topic and contribute to the reduction of one (or more) research gap(s) you identified in your problem analysis. You write a scientific paper with the highlights of your work;
  • Research competences: You initiate, manage and plan your work effectively and efficiently. You meet your supervisors and other experts (on site) regularly to discuss your progress. You use the outcomes to improve yourself; 
  • Reporting skills: You produce thesis documents (chapters or sections), which together lead to a final thesis report that meets the requirements as described in the TIL Master Thesis Grading rubric (use this during your project);
  • Presentation skills: You are able to present and discuss intermediate project results with your supervisors and present and defend the final results convincingly.

The TIL programme is interdisciplinary, which means that your topic and set of methods is also interdisciplinary. You will apply relevant theories and methods from your BSc and MSc courses.

Result: a report or design

The thesis ends with a thesis report or a design that will be defended by you before an audience and/or Thesis Assessment Committee. Appendix A of your thesis report contains your scientific paper (> 4. Project Execution / Content tab - Reporting tips).

Workload

The work is valued at 30 EC (6 months).

Programme Coordinator

dr.ir. John Baggen