Thesis Research Project Water Resources Engineering: Part B (B-KUL-I0S19A)

15 ECTSEnglishSecond termSecond termCannot be taken as part of an examination contract
Diels Jan (coordinator) |  N.
POC Water Resources Engineering

The main goal of the thesis project is to give the students an initiation in the conduction of a small-size research project. During the thesis research, students conduct an extensive review of related literature, collect data, analyze and interpret data, and summarize the objectives, methods, materials, results and discussions into a dissertation.

The aim is that students (can):

  • plan and execute target oriented data collection (or model simulations if applicable) independently, and critically evaluate the results,
  • demonstrate critical consideration of and reflection on theories, models or interpretations related to their thesis research,
  • present their research to their peers, both in written and oral form, and
  • relate their research to wider challenges faced by society and interact with other relevant science domains that are needed to develop sustainable solutions.

Students are able to choose from an extensive list of topics related to fields of expertise covered by the lecturing staff and the researchers associated to the research units supporting the master programme. Students can also choose a research topic related to problems in their home country.

Knowledge in water resources engineering obtained through successful completion of the first phase of the Master in Water Resources Engineering, and through the courses taken during the second phase.

Part B of the thesis research can only be taken after a Pass on part A.


15 ects. Thesis Research Project Water Resources Engineering: Part B (B-KUL-I0O91a)

15 ECTSEnglishFormat: Master's thesisSecond termSecond term
POC Water Resources Engineering

Part B  (15 credits) of the Thesis research project is conducted under the supervision of a promoter, and normally is related to ongoing research within the research unit the promoter/advisor is affiliated.


Instructions on how to write the dissertation are available on the following website:


Evaluation: Master's Thesis Research Project Water Resources Engineering: Part B (B-KUL-I2S19a)

Type : Exam during the examination period
Description of evaluation : Oral
Type of questions : Open questions

This evaluation was a weight of 30 study points (ECTS).  This is because part A is only evaluated as pass/fail.  The study points of part A are contributed to part B so its evaluation has a weight of 30 ECTS (15+15). 

Evaluation is on the basis of the dissertation (written thesis document) and its presentation and oral defense during the examination period.Guidelines for the master thesis are given at

During the thesis defense, students present their thesis research in 20 minutes, after which jury members ask questions about the research.

All jury members will evaluate:

  • Content of the thesis manuscript.
  • Form of the manuscript
  • Presentation and defense

The promoter(s) and supervisor(s) will also evaluate:

  • Process of the thesis research

The jury members use the following criteria to grade the thesis research, the thesis manuscript and the way it is defended:

  • 9/20 and less: the thesis has serious shortcomings. The candidate lacks motivation and dedication. The text is poorly written and edited.
  • 10 and 11/20: weak thesis, but no serious shortcomings. The content of the thesis might be too superficial, the text contains errors and the references to literature are poor.
  • 12 and 13/20: moderate thesis. The thesis is not based on a thorough literature review, methods and data analysis are not adequate or are insufficiently developed. Conclusions are weak to moderate.
  • 14 and 15/20: good thesis. The research is based on clear objectives/hypotheses, the used methods are appropriate, data analysis is correct, and appropriate reference is made to literature in the different sections of the dissertation.
  • 16 and 17/20: very good thesis. The dissertation contains a thorough technical/scientific analysis and/or design. The work is innovative and well written.
  • 18/20 and more: excellent thesis. The thesis ranks within the top 5% of theses. The technical/scientific solutions and design prove that the student is very innovative and able to handle the analysis and design in a masterly way. The dissertation is excellently written.