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MARIH25 Master Thesis 30 op
Organised by
MDP in Research and Innovation in Higher Education
Planned organizing times
Period(s) I II III IV
2013–2014 X X
2014–2015 X X

General description

Research and analysis track.

The course is offered at the Danube University Krems.

Learning outcomes

Students should be able to:
- identify a research topic and formulate a research question that furthers the knowledge within a field relevant to higher education management
- conduct a thorough literature review and present the results of the review in an evaluative manner
- conduct a comprehensive study in accordance with the scientific practices pertaining to the methods chosen, including collecting, analysing and presenting the results in accordance with the ontological and epistemological foundations of the theoretical perspectives employed
- make a well-argued empirical, theoretical, and/or methodological contribution to the chosen research field from a scientific study
- be able to provide implications for practice as well as for future research
- defend the research conducted, and evaluate and discuss other’s research in a constructive and critical manner
- present results of a scientific study to an audience outside of the specific area of expertise.


- Developing a research project (formulation of research topic and research questions)
- Research methods in theory and practice
- Developing the analytical framework
- Selection and review of literature
- Academic writing: How to write a master’s thesis
- Individual guidance through the research topic
- Presentations of own research proposals

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Personal instruction 20 h 0 h
Independent work 690 h 0 h
Seminar 40 h 0 h

Guided Readings, Lectures and workshops.

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Open University Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Thesis / dissertation 
In English
Participation in course work 
In English
Maturity exam  Written exam 
In English

Lectures, workshops and group work 40 hours
Supervision 20 hours
Paper 690 hours
Total 750 hours

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 1-5.
Paper (100%)

Belongs to following study modules

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