Examensarbete i finansiell ekonomi för masterexamen (EXFIN)

Course description

The aim of the master’s dissertation is to further advance the skills and knowledge you have developed during the taught courses on the MSc programme by applying relevant theoretical perspectives and social science methods. The dissertation will deal with a scholarly problem, draw on scholarly literature from academic journals and research monographs, and be based on rigorous social science methods.

The dissertation consists of a 15,000 words long essay written in pairs of two, and in the English (UK) language. You will be assigned a supervisor at the beginning of term based on your early draft dissertation proposal. To improve your learning – and to provide you with relevant input when you are most likely to need it – methods training is integrated throughout the research and writing process.

On completion of the dissertation you are expected to be able to

- identify, define, and investigate a scholarly problem in management or marketing and demonstrate how this problem is related to previous research

- critically analyse relevant theory

- apply relevant theory and rigorous social science method to investigate a scholarly problem

- explain and justify your choice of theory and method and critically analyse your findings

- reflect critically about the social and ethical implications of your dissertation

Intended Learning Outcomes
Intended Learning Outcomes

The overarching aim of the course is to enable students to investigate a scholarly problem in the academic field of business administration, and to attempt a contribution to research in this area by utilizing relevant theory and social science methods.

The intended learning outcomes are based on the requirements on knowledge, skills and approach drawn up for the Master’s Degree in the System of Qualifications of the Higher Education Ordinance, supplement 2.

After completion of the master’s thesis, the student should be able to:

Knowledge and Understanding

1. Work independently to identify, develop and formulate a scholarly problem grounded in previous research in the field of business administration.

Competence and Skill

2. Critically discuss, analyze and apply theoretical concepts and perspectives in order to develop a research problem, analyze one’s empirical material, and generate a contribution to research.

3. Thoroughly explain and justify the research approach by engaging with relevant principles and practices in the philosophy of social science and in social science method.

4. Respect time frames and deadlines, and demonstrate rigour in style, language, referencing and other formal academic requirements.

Judgement and Approach

5. Make a serious attempt at producing an original contribution to a particular research area.

6. Evaluate one’s own work, its contribution to knowledge, and its societal and ethical implications.

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Course title:
Examensarbete i finansiell ekonomi för masterexamen
Semester: Spring term 2020
Study period: 1 2 3 4
Rate of studies: 100%
Level: Graduate level (second cycle)
Credits: 30.0
Language of instruction: English

Course code: Fe5963



Course coordinator:
Oskar Sjölander
Head of course:
Daniel Buncic
Daniel Buncic
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