European Studies: Bachelor Thesis


Syllabus for students spring 2024, spring 2023, spring 2022, spring 2021, spring 2020, spring 2019

Course Code:
ES165L revision 1.1
Swedish name:
Europastudier: Kandidatuppsats
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
European Studies
Date of ratification:
28 February 2018
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
21 January 2019
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
18 March 2015

Entry requirements

60hp within the major subject of European Studies, including the course 'ES131L European Studies: Research Methods and Minor Thesis', or equivalent.

Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations

The course is obligatory for students admitted to the Bachelor Programme in European Studies, and is part of the main field of study European studies at the 61-90 credit level.


The aim of the course is that the student should write an independent scientific thesis within the European Studies main field of study.


The course is primarily built around the individual student's work in formulating a relevant and defined problem formulation, which is investigated analytically through relevant choices of theory, method and material in a Bachelor thesis. This also includes the ability to demonstrate knowledge of previous research in the chosen topic. During the course, the student is given access to individual supervision as well as peer-review seminars that aid in the writing process.
The course concludes with an examination of the thesis seminar, in which students act as opponent to another thesis written within the course, and defends his or her own work.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course the student should:
1. Have in-depth knowledge in a chosen scientific problem area relevant to European studies;
2. Have knowledge of, and skills in, established research practices with regard to scientific evidence and presentation;
3. Have the ability to reflect on European studies as a multidisciplinary field of knowledge;
4. Have the ability to independently plan and carry out a scientific research project;
5. Have the ability, as an opponent, to critically and constructively evaluate other scientific works;
6. Have the ability to reflect on the strengths and limitations of his or her own work

Learning activities

Self-study, supervision, seminars


Bachelor thesis and thesis seminar, including the ability to both be opponent to others' work and to reflectively defend their own work

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

Course evaluation

The University provides students who participate in or who have completed a course with the opportunity to make known their experiences and viewpoints with regards to the course by completing a course evaluation administered by the University. The University will compile and summarize the results of course evaluations as well as informing participants of the results and any decisions relating to measures initiated in response to the course evaluations. The results will be made available to the students (HF 1:14).

Interim rules

If a course ceases to be available or has undergone any major changes, the students are to be offered two opportunities to retake the examination during the year following the change for re-examination, based on the syllabus which applied at registration.

Other Information

The Language of Instruction is English


The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the Department of Global Political Studies.

Further information

GPSstudent - Malmö universitet,
Derek Stanford Hutcheson, Course Coordinator
Phone: 040-6657379


29 March 2021 - 06 June 2021 Day-time 100% Malmö Application code: mau-11204

National application round

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 20000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 20000 SEK

Open for late application


28 March 2022 - 05 June 2022 Day-time 100% Malmö This course is offered as part of a program

27 March 2023 - 04 June 2023 Day-time 100% Malmö

25 March 2024 - 02 June 2024 Day-time 100% Malmö