YSS-81312 BSc Thesis Economics and Governance


Credits 12.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. PBM Berentsen
Lecturer(s)GAH van der Heijden
Examiner(s)dr. ir. JHM Peerlings
dr. R Haagsma
prof. dr. EHP Frankema
dr. ir. BJM van Vliet
dr. SGM Gabbert
dr. ir. O Hospes
prof. dr. ir. ES van Leeuwen

Language of instruction:

NL and/or EN

Assumed knowledge on:

See: Course guide BSc Thesis BEB.


The course consists of the Bachelor Assessment (1 credit) and the thesis report (11 credits) . Students are only allowed to start with their thesis writing after the successful completion of the Assessment part.
a) The assessment assists students in developing a clear view on their personality, characteristics and potential. Using the outcomes of an aptitude test students start thinking about their career in an early stage of the academic program. This will strengthen their ability to make proper choices in study programs and focus from year 3 on. They will visit an alumnus working in their field of interest for a reality 'check'. Students discuss, based on acquired insights, a well explained study plan with the study advisor.
b) The BSc thesis
The BSc thesis can be written under supervision of the staff of the chair groups: AEP, DEC, ENP, ENR, PAP, RHI, or UEC.
The student has to study (by means of a literature review or empirical research) a subject within the field of the major and prove to have sufficient knowledge to critically analyse and summarize the given subject. He/she must also be able to clearly communicate the findings in writing and by oral presentation. The subject will be determined in consultation with the thesis supervisor. The student has to define the research problem and formulate research questions in a proper way, deal with the logistics of carrying out such an individual research project, plan and schedule the different activities in a decent way, and present the results in writing in a clearly organized report.

Learning outcomes:

The first two Learning outcomes are relevant for the Assessment part and the other are the Thesis oriented ones.
After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- interpret own competencies and motives;
- design and plan own study learning processes based on reflection upon personal knowledge, skills, attitudes and performance;
- formulate a research problem and do (literature) research according to scientific standards;
- integrate knowledge from various sources and apply theoretical knowledge obtained in the study;
- work individually and independently in scientific research (under supervision);
- plan and carry out work within the available time;
- report in writing in a clear and understandable way;
- orally present and defend the results of such work.


- assessment: Aptitude test, two meetings for explanation test outcomes, and discussion with study advisor, report interview alumnus, motivation choice Master programme
- BSc thesis: conduct a (literature) study, write a report, present it and defend it orally.


BSc Thesis, criteria according to general BSc Thesis Assessment Form (see course guide BSc thesis BEB).
A go/no go arrangement applies for the assessment.


To be accorded with the supervisor.

Restricted Optional for: BEBEconomics and GovernanceBSc2WD, 2WD+3WD+3WD
BEBEconomics and GovernanceBSc2WD, 2WD+3WD+3WD