Timeline & Assessment Method

This part-time master programme has a duration of two years. The current round started in September 2018 and will conclude in August 2020. A new round will start in September 2020 and will conclude in August 2022. The programme consists of four teaching modules and a master thesis module. The study load is 90 European Credits (EC); each teaching module is 15 credits while the master thesis module is 30. One EC represents 28 hours of work.
Given the independent nature of the teaching modules it is also possible to enroll for one (or more) single module(s).

The image below shows the programme schedule in a diagram form, organised by Academic Year and Modules. Each of the four partner universities hosts one Teaching Module. After the Master Thesis is submitted, all graduating students will be presenting it in a symposium, at the occasion of their graduation ceremony (September year 2).

Method of Assessment
The knowledge and skills gained by participants are assessed by papers and oral presentations. In each module, participants submit a two-page bullet-point overview answering a set questions prior to the teaching period and present their findings during a relevant lecture (15% of the grade). The second paper (around 1500 words) is written during the two-week teaching period (15%). All participants present their paper on the last Friday of that period. After the conclusion of the module, participants are required to write a longer paper (7,000-8,000 words), which carries the greatest weight towards the module grade (70%). The topics of the second and third papers are of free choice, but must fall within the topics of the module. Upon admission, all participants receive the relevant guidelines with detailed instructions, relevant guidance, and dates. All these, as well as reading materials, power point presentations are made available online, on a dedicate CourseSites page.

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 modules. Once all teaching modules are completed, you will have time to write and submit a your master’s thesis using the knowledge and skills gained during the programme. Detailed instructions for writing a thesis are made available on CourseSites, as well as guidelines with every step of the way (including deadlines).

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 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 the participants present their master’s thesis. The presentation will not influence the grade of the thesis. The graduation ceremony will be combined with the symposium and the location can be anywhere from The Hague to Greenland!