Master’s Degree Thesis Preparation
The course is an introduction to the craft of writing a Master’s degree (i.e., two-year degree) thesis. The
course provides a map of the research and writing process and initiates the students into the processes
of both research and writing. The course is divided into three parts. In the first part students learn to
map out the research and writing processes. In the second part students independently choose a field of
inquiry in relation to their thesis, which they then learn to master at the appropriate level, including the
construction of a preliminary research bibliography for the thesis. In the third part the students work on
formulating their problem statement, which enables them to begin the writing process.
By the end of the course the student is expected to be able to:
– describe the research process;
– describe the writing process;
– critically analyze an independently chosen field of research;
– independently formulate a problem statement;
– construct a preliminary research bibliography for their thesis
The course literature may be subject to revision.
Oliver, Paul, 2010. Understanding the Research Process. London: Sage Publications. (160 p.)
Turabian, Kate L., 2018. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. 9 th edition.. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press. (462 p.)
Individually chosen literature with the course director
The schedule is available at the latest one month before the course starts. We do not recommend that you print the schedule as some changes may happen.
GradesA = Excellent, B = Very good, C = Good, D = Satisfactory, E = Sufficient, Fx = Insufficient, F = Insufficient
A Bachelor’s degree in Theology (equivalent to the Swedish Kandidatexamen) from an internationally recognized university. Proficiency in English through an internationally recognized test, e. g. TOEFL, IELTS, or the equivalent.