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Introduction

ThesisCore is an online course for Bachelor’s and Master’s students. Students develop the core research and writing skills necessary to successfully write their dissertation and graduate university. The course is divided in 4 steps, covering a student’s complete thesis: from start to finish.

University


Reduce supervisor load
By using ThesisCore, total hours of supervision per student may be reduced by 50 to 75%.
Infinitely scalable
Our online course can easily accommodate to growing student enrollments.
Equal supervision
All students have access to the same knowledge-base, ensuring equal and fair supervision.
Supervisor


Reduce supervision
Students will learn to independently do thesis-research: spend less time supervising your students.
Expert feedback
Students train in core research- and writing-skills, meaning you can focus on providing expert advice and feedback.
Zero stress
A proven method that reduces thesis-stress, and improves your student’s academic skills.


Course overview

ThesisCore breaks up a student’s dissertation in 4 steps. For students, these steps serve as milestones: after completing a step a major part of their thesis is finished. For educators, they serve as supervision-moments: after each step, an evaluation of the student’s progress is possible. Furthermore, steps 1 to 3 are designed to be used as starting points to initiate the supervision of a student.

Timeline
Step Course Finish Bachelor’s Master’s
Develop your thesis topic 25% 4 weeks 6 weeks
Write your research proposal 25% 1-2 weeks 2 weeks
Write your theoretical framework 25% 4 weeks 6 weeks
Finish your thesis 25% 4-8 weeks 6-8 weeks
Thesis finished! 100% 14-16 weeks 20-24 weeks


4-6 weeks
to step 2
Step 1
Topic


A major hurdle for students is picking a correct topic: one that is relevant, and which they can study scientifically. In this first course, students learn about the characteristics of a good topic, and they learn how they can study their topic using 4 major research strategies.

Core skills

In this course, students learn:

  • What is a scientific topic
  • What is a research strategy
  • Which literature to read first
  • How to search for literature
  • How to write a Thesis Statement

Deliverable

A 1-paragraph Thesis Statement describing the student’s:

  • Topic
  • Research strategy
  • Most important literature

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1-2 weeks
to step 3
Step 2
Proposal


In the research proposal, students demonstrates the intuition and academic appeal of their research idea, as well as the practical feasibility of their study. It is an essential document, as it offers students the blueprint for the rest of their research.

Core skills

In this course, students learn:

  • The purpose of a proposal
  • The structure of a proposal
  • To develop a research question
  • How to scientifically motivate their research idea, including which literature to cite

Deliverable

A fully formatted research proposal, including:

  • front cover
  • 2-page research proposal
  • 1-page literature suggestions
  • 1-page data overview
    Including statistics, survey- or interview-questions, or literature inclusion-criteria.

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4-8 weeks
to step 4
Step 3
Literature


A theoretical framework is the ‘conceptual backbone’ of a thesis. Here, students show how their research idea is connected to previously published literature: empirical studies, theories and scientific models. Students finish this part by formulating an expectation about their study, usually in the form of one or more hypotheses.

Core skills

In this course, students learn:

  • The purpose of a literature review
  • The structure of a theoretical framework
  • Which literature to discuss
  • How to formulate research expectations, including how to develop hypotheses

Deliverable

A finished theoretical framework, including:

  • A literature overview
  • Discussion of previous results
  • Literature supporting the chosen research strategy
  • A research expectation

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4-6 weeks
to final thesis
Step 4
Finish


The remaining parts of a student’s thesis are covered in the final step of ThesisCore. The lessons are designed to be used by all students, whether they are performing a quantitative or qualitative study.

Furthermore, our Thesis Tips help students to prepare their final document. It covers tips such as “Where should I place my Appendix”, “How should I format tables and figures”, and it provides a 5-point submission checklist.

Core skills

In this course, students learn how write the following sections:

  • Research method
  • Data
  • Results (inc. Discussion)
  • Conclusion (inc. Limitations)

Deliverable

A finished Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis, including:

  • Front cover
  • Research report (steps 1-4)
  • Bibliography
  • Appendix (optional)
  • Mandatory University pages

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Questions and answers

Which programs can use ThesisCore?

Answer: ThesisCore is developed for academic disciplines that use the scientific method. The ThesisCore-method works for any topic or research method (quantitative or qualitative) that is chosen by the student.

Which universities and programs have implemented ThesisCore?

Answer: ThesisCore has been implemented at various universities in the Netherlands, in a mono-disciplinary (Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science programs) and multi-disciplinary context (Liberal Arts programs). ThesisCore has been used by students from the following programs: Economics, Business, Marketing, Finance, Law (empirical), Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and International Relations.

How do students evaluate ThesisCore?

Answer: Students report that ThesisCore helps them make better decisions with regards to the choice of their thesis topic and research strategy, and it gives them a clear structure for the text of their dissertation. Many students report that prior to enrolling in the online course, they were doubtful about their thesis or were even feeling stressed (see for example Russel-Pinson & Harris, 2019). However, with the help of ThesisCore they felt up to the challenge.

How does staff evaluate ThesisCore?

Answer: The most important benefit of using ThesisCore reported by supervisors is that students do not require much assistance with core research-skills such as finding the correct literature, developing research questions and hypotheses, and structuring academic texts. Students are better prepared for meetings, and are better able to express their research idea and its relevance. Note: Supervisors have access to rubrics and training materials to effectively assess the progress and written materials of students.

When should a supervisors be assigned to a student?

Answer: In theory, students should be able to independently do their thesis research with the help of the online materials. However, the progress of students will need to be evaluated by a supervisor. We suggest the following three options:

  • After step 1, when the student has developed a topic
  • After step 2, when the student has also written a research proposal
  • After step 3, when the student has also written a theoretical framework

In practice, assigning a supervisor after step 2 is the most popular choice. However, some universities opt to have a ‘general’ supervisor evaluate each student’s research proposal and let the student continue individually with step 3, after which a personal supervisor is assigned to the student.

Designing a custom thesis-process for your institution

The configuration and timing of ThesisCore is flexible, and can be tailored to the needs of your institution. Please contact us if you would like to discuss these possibilities, or if you want us to provide advice on the best ways to structure the work-flow of your students.

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