Introduction to scientific writing at IUW Master

Introduction to scientific writing at IUW Master


This course will provide guidelines to the students who plan to do their Master’s thesis at the Institute for Environmental Economics and World Trade. It will be majorly a block course, with some additional lectures. At the end of the course, we expect the students to have a proposal for their thesis. A proposal should be a one-page document that highlights the research topic, questions, and basic methodology that will be followed by the thesis.

Course structure:

You need to register for this course on Stud.IP. Please note: the first date (2. March 2021) is fixed; the remaining dates are subject to change depending on the number of participants.

Session 1: Deciding on a thesis topic and general guidelines Tuesday, 2.March 2021  (16:00 – 18:00)

Thesis areas or topics will be pitched to the students by the IUW team. If students already have an idea, they could also pitch these to the supervisors.

(Pause of 1 to 2 weeks (can be longer), where students will decide on topics and submit these to their supervisor.)

Session 2 to session 4: Understanding and working with data sets – especially for students who work with our data. Monday, 12. April 2021 (14:00-18:00)

Session 2 – Introduction to datasets and study regions

We create student groups based on their region of study (SE Asia, Africa).

Session 3 – Introduction to Econometrics and STATA

Session 4 – Basic STATA commands and methods

Alternative Session: Introduction into GAMS and/or ABM

Session 5 and Session 6: How to write a thesis. Monday, 26.April 2021 (16:00-18:00)

We talk about thesis structure, how to find literature, referencing, how to time your progress, give examples of good theses (we will not share any thesis, just give hypothetical examples), and answer student questions. Additionally, guidelines on how to write a proposal will be discussed.

(Pause of 1 to 2 weeks for students to work on proposal)

Session 7: Proposal presentation. Monday, 3.May 2021 (14:00 – 18:00)

The students present their proposal to the IUW team and other students. They can get feedback and also ask questions. This would be optional.

Additional benefits from the course:

1.       Work groups – student working on similar topics or datasets can form groups to help each other through the process.

2.       Group forum – on Stud.IP, we create a forum, where students can ask questions. This way, other students could also help or if the supervisor answers, it would also be helpful for the other students.

No credit points are awarded for this course. This course is highly recommended for Master students who write their thesis at IUW.