Thesis - Ανοικτό Πανεπιστήμιο Κύπρου - Open University of Cyprus

Objectives

The Postgraduate Dissertation contributes to the deepening of research in the subject of this Postgraduate program, to the familiarizations of students with the process of research and research methods and to provision of further specialized knowledge in the field of study which a student chooses for his/her dissertation.

The choice of topic and supervisor is equal in each of the offered courses of the Program or broader in the fields of knowledge which the program deals with. Students submit a dissertation proposal which must be accepted by a member of the teaching staff of the Program who agrees to serve as their supervisor. Alternatively, students may choose from a range of topics proposed by the academic staff of the Program. Theses are evaluated by a three-member academic committee. The three-member committee is approved by the School concerned (in this case the School of Pure and Applied Sciences) and consists of the dissertation supervisor and two members. All three members, an in particular the supervisor, should have research and scientific experience related to the proposed topic.

The dissertation is carried out in two parts (two courses i.e. DPP701Α and DPP701Β) over two semesters, the 3rd and 4th corresponding to 10 + 20 ECTS, respectively. The final document (completed dissertation) is subject to a public defense and formal exam. In order to be able to register for the dissertation, a student should complete successfully the courses DPP511 Sustainable Development and DPP512 Research Methods. When DPP701Α is completed, the first part of the Dissertation, the student can proceed with the second part, DPP701B. During the second part he/she completes the research and writing up of the dissertation.

The supervisor and both members of the committee evaluate whether the research has been completed in accordance with the required scientific criteria. Then the three-member panel checks whether the dissertation has also followed OUC's regulation and "Guidelines for Graduate Theses". On assessing the aforementioned, the three-member committee decides whether the student is ready defend his / her dissertation and thus complete his / her study programme.

The Program organizes public presentations (defenses) of theses at the end of each academic semester. During each Master's thesis presentation, the student presents his research and findings and receives questions from his three-member examination committee. Upon completion of the questions the student leaves and the three-member committee meet to evaluate the student's performance. By successful defending his/her Master's thesis the student completes his/her academic obligations and can be awarded his/her degree.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply the concepts, theories and / or methodologies taught in the Program.
  • Deepening knowledge in one of the postgraduate program thematic areas.
  • Acquiring scientific and "expert-like" applied experience.
  • Ability to research primary and secondary sources, gather, classify, select, evaluate, synthesize and analyze material.
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize data, formulate mature critical thinking and speech.
  • Apply the rules of structure, writing, citing scientific sources and compiling bibliography.
  • Students can determine specific learning outcomes in collaboration with their supervisor
Wednesday, 26 January 2022 13:03

EPA701B: Master’s Thesis II

Module Purpose and Objectives

The postgraduate master’s thesis contributes to the deepening of research on the specific scientific topics explored in this particular Postgraduate Program. Based on these particular courses, students will be familiarize with the overall research progress based on a specific research field that students will choose to work with.

Both the choice of the assigned supervisor and the thematic field of the master’s thesis are based on the courses covered in this particular Postgraduate Program. The student's thesis proposal must be accepted by a teaching member personnel of the program who will be the assigned supervisor of the student. Alternatively, students can choose various topics suggested by the teaching member personnel who will take the role of the assigned supervisor. The master’s thesis is evaluated by a three-member committee. The three-member committee is approved by the School of Economics and Management and consists of the assigned supervisor and two more members. All three members must have scientific research experience related to the selected research topic by the student.

Each academic semester the thematic course ‘Master’s thesis corresponds to 15 ECTS credits (2nd semester Master’s thesis I 15 ECTS & 3rd semester Master’s thesis II 15 ECTS), with a total of 30 ECTS for both courses.

After completing the first part of the dissertation, the student can proceed to the second part. During the second part of the master's thesis, the student proceeds with the field study and the writing of the thesis.

The supervisor and the two members of the committee decide whether the research has been completed according to the required academic criteria. If the student's work meets the academic and research requirements, the three-member committee will also check whether the dissertation has followed the specific instruction for the preparation of a master’s thesis based on the provided guidelines by the university. At the same time, the three-member committee decide whether the student is ready to proceed with the master’s thesis defense in order to complete his/her postgraduate studies.

The Postgraduate Program organizes public master’s thesis presentations at the end of each academic semester. During each presentation, the student presents his/her research and findings and the three – member committee. Then the three – member committee proceed with questions based on the content of the master’s thesis. Upon completion of the questions, the student exits the room and the three-member committee evaluate the student's performance. A successful master’s thesis defense completes the student’s academic obligations.

Module Content

Upon the completion of the Master’s thesis, students should be able to:

  • Apply concepts, theories and / or methodologies issues taught in this Postgraduate Program.
  • Work further on a specific scientific field covered in this Postgraduate Program
  • Research, collect, evaluate an analyze data
  • Analyze and compose data based on critical thinking
  • Use the guidelines for writing a master’s thesis, including the use of the literature
  • determine specific learning outcomes in collaboration with their assigned supervisors
Wednesday, 26 January 2022 13:01

EPA701A: Master’s Thesis I

Module Purpose and Objectives

The postgraduate master’s thesis contributes to the deepening of research on the specific scientific topics explored in this particular Postgraduate Program. Based on these particular courses, students will be familiarize with the overall research progress based on a specific research field that students will choose to work with.

Both the choice of the assigned supervisor and the thematic field of the master’s thesis are based on the courses covered in this particular Postgraduate Program. The student's thesis proposal must be accepted by a teaching member personnel for the program who will be the assigned supervisor of the student. Alternatively, students can choose various topics suggested by the teaching member personnel who will take the role of the assigned supervisor. The master’s thesis is evaluated by a three-member committee. The three-member committee is approved by the School of Economics and Management and consists of the assigned supervisor and two more members. All three members must have scientific research experience related to the selected research topic by the student.

Each academic semester the thematic course ‘Master’s thesis corresponds to 15 ECTS credits (2nd semester Master’s thesis I 15 ECTS & 3rd semester Master’s thesis II 15 ECTS), with a total of 30 ECTS for both courses.

After completing the first part of the dissertation, the student can proceed to the second part. During the second part of the master's thesis, the student proceeds with the field study and the writing of the thesis.

The supervisor and the two members of the committee decide whether the research has been completed according to the required academic criteria. If the student's work meets the academic and research requirements, the three-member committee will also check whether the dissertation has followed the specific instruction for the preparation of a master’s thesis based on the provided guidelines by the university. At the same time, the three-member committee decide whether the student is ready to proceed with the master’s thesis defense in order to complete his/her postgraduate studies.

The Postgraduate Program organizes public master’s thesis presentations at the end of each academic semester. During each presentation, the student presents his/her research and findings and the three – member committee. Then the three – member committee proceed with questions based on the content of the master’s thesis. Upon completion of the questions, the student exits the room and the three-member committee evaluate the student's performance. A successful master’s thesis defense completes the student’s academic obligations.

Module Content

Upon the completion of the Master’s thesis, students should be able to:

  • Apply concepts, theories and / or methodologies issues taught in this Postgraduate Program.
  • Work further on a specific scientific field covered in this Postgraduate Program
  • Research, collect, evaluate an analyze data
  • Analyze and compose data based on critical thinking
  • Use the guidelines for writing a master’s thesis, including the use of the literature
  • determine specific learning outcomes in collaboration with their assigned supervisors