Timeline & Assessment Method

The part-time master programme has a duration of two years. The current round started in September 2018 and will conclude in August 2020. The programme consists of four blocks and a master thesis. The study load is 90 European Credits (EC); each block is 15 credits and the master thesis 30. One EC represents 28 hours of work. Because of the independent nature of the blocks it is also possible to enroll for a single block.

The picture below shows the programme schedule in diagram form. The different colors illustrate the independent status of each block. Each of the four partner universities hosts one teaching block.

Timeline NSELP
* Graduation ceremony and (mini-)symposium.

Method of Assessment
The knowledge and skills gained by participants are assessed by papers and oral presentations. The bold lines in the timeline above refer to the moments of assessment. Participants submit a two-page bullet-point overview answering a set questions prior to the teaching period of each block and present their findings during a relevant lecture. The second paper (around 1500 words) is written during the two week teaching period. All participants present their paper on the last Friday of the teaching block. After the conclusion of the teaching period, participants are required to write the longest paper of the three (7000-8000 words) and this paper carries the greatest weight towards the block grade (70%). The topics of the second and third papers must fall within the topics of the block and are free to be chosen by the participants.

Correlation blocks

Master’s thesis
Our unique teaching programme structure allows you to continue full-time employment and enables you to establish close relationships with your fellow participants and with lecturers during those concentrated teaching blocks. Once the four teaching blocks are completed, you will have nine months to write and submit a your master’s thesis using the knowledge and skills they gained during the programme. The Examination Committee must deem either the master thesis or one of the papers publishable.

30 EC – Supervision at any of the partner universities
The students are required to carry out independent scientific research. They will write their thesis under close supervision of one of the academics of the partner universities. The Master Thesis of 30 EC is a part of the curriculum for those students wishing to complete the master course.

The programme will be concluded by a symposium where participants present their final thesis. The presentation will not influence the grade of the thesis. The graduation ceremony will be combined with the symposium.The location of the symposium differs, and can be anywhere from The Hague to Greenland.