BARN3400 - Preparatory Course, Master's Thesis


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral examination/Report
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Oral examination 1/2
Approved report 1/2

Course content

The course will draw on BARN3201, and prepare the students for their work with the master's thesis. The various stages of the research process will be discussed, such as defining research questions, how to make use of acquired knowledge of theory and methodology, analysis etc. During the course the students will develop a master's project. Each student's project will be discussed in plenum. By the end of the course, a final project description must be submitted.

Learning outcome

*Provide students with basic knowledge and skills to prepare and design scientific research projects.
*The students will develop a research design, including an empirical study, which will then form the basis for the master's thesis.

Learning methods and activities

Total seminar hours: ca. 18 hours. Form of assessment: approved oral presentation and project description.

Compulsory assignments

  • Attending seminar is compulsory (minimum 80%).

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Childhood Studies (MPCHILD)

Required previous knowledge

Admittance to the course requires a bachelor's degree in a social science or humanities discipline, or equivalent. The course is reserved for students admitted to MPhil in Childhood Studies, with one exception: Exchange students from the MA Children, Youth and International Development, Brunel University.

Course materials

Information will be given at the beginning of the semester.



Examination arrangement: Oral examination/Report

Term Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn Oral examination 1/2
Autumn Approved report 1/2
Spring Oral examination 1/2
Spring Approved report 1/2
* The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.