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Master's Degree Thesis in Financial Economics

The aim of the master’s dissertation is to further advance the skills and knowledge you have developed during the taught courses on the MSc programme by applying relevant theoretical perspectives and social science methods.

The dissertation will deal with a scholarly problem, draw on scholarly literature from academic journals and research monographs, and be based on rigorous social science methods.

The dissertation consists of a 15,000 words long essay written in pairs of two, and in the English (UK) language. You will be assigned a supervisor at the beginning of term based on your early draft dissertation proposal. To improve your learning – and to provide you with relevant input when you are most likely to need it – methods training is integrated throughout the research and writing process.

On completion of the dissertation you are expected to be able to:

  • identify, define, and investigate a scholarly problem in management or marketing and demonstrate how this problem is related to previous research
  • critically analyse relevant theory
  • apply relevant theory and rigorous social science method to investigate a scholarly problem
  • explain and justify your choice of theory and method and critically analyse your findings
  • reflect critically about the social and ethical implications of your dissertation


  • Course structure

    The course consists of the following activities:

    • Introductory lecture on the thesis process.
    • Introductory seminar.
    • Supervision.
    • Midway seminar with peer review.
    • Final seminar with peer review.

    As a rule the thesis is written in a group of two. If specific and valid reasons exist, the supervisor decides whether an exception should be made to allow the thesis to be written individually.

    Teaching format

    The course consists of seminars, individual supervision, and a significant portion of self-study. Your learning and performance is assessed continuously, throughout the different teaching and learning activities.
    The course workload comprises of 800 hours, equivalent to 30 ECTS (i.e. 40 hours per week equivalent to 1.5 ECTS).

    The language of instruction is English. Please note that all teaching and learning activities - such as lectures, seminars, assignments and assessment tasks – are conducted in English.


    Student learning and performance on this course is mainly assessed through the final version of the master’s thesis. A lesser part is based on student peer reviews. The assessment tasks are weighted in relation to their importance to the overall course assessment. The results from the assessment tasks are added up to a final course score that is translated into a final grade.

    Assessment task
    The course contains the following weighted assessment tasks:
    1. Two peer review assignments in the form of written reports and oral presentations.
    2. The master’s thesis.

    After completion of the course, students will receive grades on a scale related to the intended learning outcomes of the course. Passing grades are A, B, C, D and E. Failing grades are Fx and F. A grade Fx can be completed for a grade E.

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    See reading list in the current syllabus.

  • Contact

    Course coordinator:
    Head of course: Daniel Buncic