Leadership and Organisation: Master Thesis
Ledarskap och organisation: Masteruppsats
UA / Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U)
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Faculty of Culture and Society
At least 60 credits in the main field of study Leadership and Organisation at advanced level. The courses OL673E and OL674E must be completed.
Leadership and Organization
Progression level in relation to degree requirements
This course is included in the main area Leadership and Organisation at advanced level of 91-120 credits.
The aim of the course is for the students to develop an expertise within the field of
Leadership and Organization by carrying out an independent study and subsequently writing and defending a Master’s thesis. The aim is also to develop and deepen the students’ abilities to critically examine and evaluate research. The students shall also demonstrate improved
The course consists of independent work on a Master’s thesis with qualified supervision.
Instances of group supervision and research seminars will also be included. The students shall independently complete a clearly defined study concerning an issue which the students choose themselves in agreement with the supervisor. The investigation shall result in a thesis that shall be presented and defended at a thesis seminar. The students shall also actively participate in the critical discussion of the thesis of their course peers. Each student will at
least once initiate the critical discussion as the opponent at a thesis seminar.
After finishing the course the students should have:
- Acquired the insights and competences that are required to be able to participate in a meaningful way in the process of seeking knowledge, ultimately testing this attained knowledge by means of a seminar.
- The ability to clearly define a problem within the field of Leadership and Organization by delineating and executing a study that is relevant for the defined problem.
- The abilityto present results clearly and intelligibly, mainly in writing but also orally.
- Developed an independent ability to consider available knowledge, collect relevant material and to select research methods that are appropriate for the chosen topic.
- Developed an independent ability to interpret and analyze material and make conclusions based on it.
- The ability, in dialogue with peers, to analyze and reflect upon the design and results of different types of research assignments in a constructive manner.
The learning activities consist mainly of independent thesis work – formulating a research
question, literature studies, collection of material and thesis writing. The students will be
assisted by a supervisor, potentially with instances of group supervision and methodological
seminars. The central and concluding element of the course is the thesis seminar.
The course is examined by the completion of an independently written thesis, 30 credits,
which includes presenting the aforementioned thesis at a thesis seminar, opposition on a thesis written by a peer and active and constructive participation at the thesis seminars.
Grading scale UA.
Learning outcomes 1-5 are assessed based on the quality of the student’s thesis. The
assessment is made by an examiner who has not supervised the student’s thesis work. The
assessment shall consider the student’s contributions to the constructive discussions of the
theses of its peers in the concluding seminars (learning outcome 6). The examiner shall, if
necessary, consult supervisors and other teachers on the course in the
Course literature and other study material
The students are expected to independently identify, evaluate and use literature which is relevant for the chosen research question.
The University provides students who participate in or who have completed a course with the opportunity to make known their experiences and viewpoints with regards to the course by completing a course evaluation administered by the University. The University will
compile and summarize the results of course evaluations as well as informing participants of the results and any decisions relating to measures initiated in response to the course evaluations. The results will be made available to the students. (HF 1:14).
If a course is no longer offered or has undergone major changes, students will be offered two re-take sessions based on the syllabus in force at registration. This applies for the period of one year from the date that the changes were implemented.