BARN3400 - Preparatory Course, Master's Thesis


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment and Oral examination
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Approved report 50/100
Oral examination 50/100

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.

Further on evaluation

Students who have completed compulsory activities do not have to do these again before re-sitting the exam.

Specific conditions

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.


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Assignment and Oral examination

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination 50/100
Autumn ORD Approved report 50/100
Spring ORD Oral examination 50/100
Spring ORD Approved report 50/100
  • * 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.