18 ECTS credits
450 h study time

Offer 1 with catalog number 8020265GER for all students in the 2nd semester at a (G) Postgraduate - preliminary level.

2nd semester
Enrollment based on exam contract
Grading method
Grading (scale from 0 to 20)
Can retake in second session
Taught in
Faculty of Social Sciences & SolvayBusinessSchool
ES Academische eenheid
Educational team
Decaan ES (course titular)
Activities and contact hours
24 contact hours Independent or External Form of Study
Course Content

Instructions on what is expected for the thesis will be offered in the first semester.

Additional info

All compulsory courses of the Postgraduate programme can be relevant for the thesis.

Learning Outcomes

General Competences

The thesis’ learning objective is to further deepen one’s knowledge on one of the topics dealt with in the programme. As such it can be the ideal preparation for a Ph.D.


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

Within the Other Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:

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

Additional info regarding evaluation

The following can be thesis supervisors:

  • An independent  member of academic staff (“ZAP”), a postdoctoral research assistant or a teaching professor or another member of the academic staff who is the holder of a doctorate; the supervisor can be from the VUB or another university.
  • An Emeritus Professor from the VUB or another university.
  • The holder of a doctorate, whether or not the person is connected to a university.
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:
Postgraduate Certificate Economic Diplomacy: Standaard traject
Postgraduate Certificate International Trade and Investment: Standaard traject