Students in Master's degree programs at the EUHT CETT-UB must take the Master's Thesis course. Writing and presenting this Master's Thesis (hereinafter MT) is essential for obtaining the degree.
The “Master's Thesis” is of a unifying character and combines the set of skills that the student has developed throughout their educational process during the degree.
In the curricula for each Master's degree, the number of credits assigned to the MT is indicated. This course must be passed in order to obtain the Master's degree. This MT is the culmination of the student's education. It is a project that has a practical application in the professional world: research, a business plan, in-company project, etc. Furthermore, the MT aims to be an instrument that will prepare our students to analyze tourism problems and issues using research methods based on the identification and use of different variables, as well as to be an instrument to evaluate the competencies of the master's from a comprehensive perspective.
The MT is a useful, real educational tool through which the student must demonstrate not only that they have assimilated knowledge, but also must show creativity and decision-making skills (from the selection of the topic to the presentation of future strategies). At the same time, it is a means of research and of increasing knowledge in the tourism sector. The author(s) of the MT must show an ability to identify situations (business opportunities, problems, etc.), search for sources of information, compile data and documentation, and, finally, present ways of developing and/or improving the situation they have posed, as well as provide answers to the established objectives and hypothesis.
Thus, this guide aims to provide support in the process of creating said MT and to be an effective complement to the sessions that have been planned during the academic year for each master's. Students should understand that the MT involves time and dedication (research, development, etc.), and therefore we suggest that they plan their time in a realistic, consistent manner. Therefore, students should take into consideration important aspects such as real availability, the necessary time for collecting information, or the future projects that the student may have.
1.1 MT Competencies
Below are the competencies that the MT course covers in general:
1.2 MT Objectives
In general, for all master's degrees, the learning objectives for this course include:
It should be mentioned that for master's that are research-focused, the objectives focused on research areas are established as principles, and are identified in the syllabi.
The student carries out their individual project based on their participation in research groups (RG), with the direct supervision of a team leader, and attending in-person sessions and performing individual student work. Once the director of the master's informs students of the offer of MT related to RG, students must communicate via e-mail their interest in collaborating with one of said groups in order for their candidacy to be considered. Then, the director of the master's will confirm their acceptance via e-mail. There may be specific circumstances that would allow the director of the master's to plan for this type of MT to be done in a group; if this were the case, he or she would notify the students.
The focus of these types of project is research and, therefore, they require a specific structure (see the "PROJECT DEVELOPMENT" section). If the research is highly applied, the professional orientation section may be followed.
b. Related to a public or private organization through a Collaboration Agreement
The student carries out their project in collaboration with a tourism organization that proposes to them the topic of the project and facilitates access to the information and resources needed to develop the project. The student can carry out their MT based on their participation in tourism companies, institutions, and NGOs, with a professional from said organizations acting as an advisor and a professor from the EUHT CETT-UB as co-advisor. The MT developed in this mode will be individual and coordinated by the CETT E3 department and the director of the corresponding master's.
The focus of these types of project is professional and, therefore, they require a specific structure (see the "PROJECT DEVELOPMENT" section). However, if the company requires more theoretical studies or studies on the state of the question, the research-based section can be applied.
c. Student initiative
The student carries out their project based on their personal motivations with the direct supervision of an advisor. The first step the student must take is to write a Master's Thesis proposal, where they should outline several aspects that will explain the objective to be studied, as well as provide a timeline that will allow for an assessment of the project's viability. In writing this proposal, students must respond to the points laid out in the document created for this purpose, "Registration request." The proposal should be presented to the director of the master's so it may be accepted and the student can begin work on their project. Once the Master's Thesis proposal has been presented and accepted, the director of the master's will assign an internal and/or external advisor to help the student effectively carry out their MT. For this purpose, the student must perform continuous follow-up with their MT advisor and follow the project's different phases. There may be specific circumstances that would allow the director of the master's to plan for this type of MT to be done in a group; if this were the case, he or she would notify the students.
The focus of this type of project will be decided based on the nature of the topic, between the advisor and student. It may be research-based or have a professional focus. Depending on the project's orientation, one structure or another will be required (see "PROJECT DEVELOPMENT" section).
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