18 ECTS credits
490 h study time

Offer 1 with catalog number 4017178ENW for working students in the 1st and 2nd semester at a (E) Master - advanced level.

1st and 2nd semester
Enrollment based on exam contract
Grading method
Grading (scale from 0 to 20)
Can retake in second session
Enrollment Requirements
In order to enroll the 'Master Thesis Management', students must be enrolled in the final year of their study programme, and must effectively be able to graduate in that year. ‚Äč
Taught in
Faculty of Social Sciences & SolvayBusinessSchool
Faculty of Social Sciences & SolvayBusinessSchool
Educational team
Filip Van Droogenbroeck
Dirk de Slegte
Promotor . (course titular)
Activities and contact hours
8 contact hours Seminar, Exercises or Practicals
482 contact hours Independent or External Form of Study
Course Content

The Master Thesis Management is the work by which you complete the master’s programme. With the Master Thesis the student demonstrates analytical and synthetic skills or an independent problem-solving capacity on an academic level. The work reflects the general critical-reflective mindset or the research mentality of the student.

The Master Thesis treats a topic that is related to one of the subareas that are addressed within the master’s programme Management.

Additional info

The administrative and substantive procedures for the Master Thesis go digitally though the ‘Master Thesis Information System’ (MaThIS). The student takes the initiative in this.

The Master Thesis is written in the language of instruction of the programme.

A manual with additional information (on deadlines, manner of submitting, evaluation,…) can be found on the course space in Canvas and is regarded as an integral part of the course description.

The faculty regulations concerning the Master Thesis are also included in the supplementary faculty regulations, chapter V, of the Teaching and Examination Regulations.

This course is a final paper completing a Master’s programme and cannot be taken as part of a credit contract.

Teaching Methods

Lecture: collective contact-dependent moments during which the lecturer engages with learning materials
- Seminar, Exercises or Practicals (Practical): collective or individual contact-dependent moments during which the students are guided to actively engage with learning materials
- Independent or External Form of Study (Self): independent study

This description of the teaching methods is indicative, in order to assess the expected study load.

The master thesis stands for 18 ECTS-credits and represents an expected study load of 490 hours. On a yearly basis (35 weeks) this means that each week the student will be expected to work for 14 hours on his/her thesis. These 14 hours include the independent work, but also regular contacts with the promotor and possible participation in individual and collective counseling activities.

  • Practical: 8 hours (meetings/contacts with the promotor and/or assisting team)
  • Self: 482 hours (independent work for the master thesis)
Learning Outcomes

Algemene competenties

The Master’s thesis is the final paper completing a Master’s course which forms proof of the student’s capacity for analytical and synthetic work, independent problem solving at an academic level, or artistic creation. This document reflects the student’s general capacity for critical reflection or research.


The final grade is composed based on the following categories:
Master Thesis determines 100% of the final mark.

Within the Master Thesis category, the following assignments need to be completed:

  • Master Thesis with a relative weight of 1 which comprises 100% of the final mark.

Additional info regarding evaluation

The following applies to both examination sessions:

  • The student is obligated to upload his/her Master Thesis electronically on the antiplagiarism server indicated by the faculty.
  • The student who submits a Master Thesis agrees with the rules regarding plagiarism.
  • The evaluation of the Master Thesis is done in accordance with the evaluation form that can be found on the digital learning platform Canvas.
  • It is not mandatory to defend the Master Thesis in Management orally.
  • The student who would like to request an oral defence must notify the department secretariat on this at the latest three days after the publication of the result in Mathis.
  • On the basis of a reasoned report, a public defence may be imposed on the student.
Allowed unsatisfactory mark
The supplementary Teaching and Examination Regulations of your faculty stipulate whether an allowed unsatisfactory mark for this programme unit is permitted.

Academic context

This offer is part of the following study plans:
Master of Management: Standaard traject