HEM4250 – Thesis Proposal

Course content

The course is organized in seminars in which you are expected to improve your initial thesis proposal from one to the other seminar. The first seminar is primarily focused on the research questions, their formulation and researchability, and the coherence between the research questions and the research design. The second seminar focuses on the choice of theoretical/analytical framework and the elaboration of the methodological approach.

Apart from presenting your thesis proposals in both seminars, you will be expected to comment on thesis proposals of other students.

Learning outcome

The course is designed to teach you how to write a research proposal as a basis for your Master thesis work.

Upon successful completion of the course you are expected to


  • have knowledge on relationship between the research questions, research design and choice of methodology and the theoretical/analytical framework


  • be able to organize your work on the thesis, taking into account your role in relation to the role of the supervisor(s), the aims of the process of producing a master thesis, as well as limitations in terms of resources
  • be able to write up your research and produce a clear, consistent and coherent thesis


  • be able to critically assess the feasibility and coherence of research proposals
  • be able to work independently on your thesis


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The course is a part of the Master programme in Higher Education. Only students formally accepted to these programmes may attend this course.


Recommended previous knowledge

Successful completion of HEM4112 – Research Methods and Statistics - course I or equivalent.


The course is based on a series of seminars, with active student input, as well as home assignments. Activities include the continuous development of your proposal, presenting the proposal during seminar, as well as analysing and commenting other thesis proposals.

There is a mandatory 80 percent attendance requirement for this courses. If you do not fulfill the mandatory attendance requirement, you will need to complete an additional assignment prior to passing the course. The requirement for the additional assignment is at the discretion of the teacher.


The students are required to write a thesis proposal. The length of the proposal should be between 10-12 pages. The proposal will be submitted in Inspera.

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit your assignment.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






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