Master’s Thesis in Computational Social Science, 30 credits (771A35)

Masteruppsats i Computational Social Science, 30 hp

Main field of study

Computational Social Science


Second cycle

Course type

Programme course


Carl Nordlund

Course coordinator

Sarah Valdez

Director of studies or equivalent

Maria Brandén
Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus VOF
F7MCD Master´s Programme in Computational Social Science 4 (Spring 2020) v202004-202023 English Norrköping o

Main field of study

Computational Social Science

Course level

Second cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Master´s Programme in Computational Social Science

Entry requirements

  • A bachelor's degree or equivalent in the humanities, social-, cultural-, behavioural-, natural-, computer-, or engineering-sciences
  • English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (English 6/B)
  • 45 ECTS credits completed from the Master´s Programme in Computational Social Science, or equivalent

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course, the student should at an advanced level be able to:

  • independently formulate a relevant research task in computational social science
  • plan, implement and report in writing an in-depth and qualified independent work in computational social science
  • demonstrate and apply in-depth subject and method knowledge in computational social science
  • defend a scientific project with a scientific approach
  • critically review, evaluate and discuss other scientific work

Course content

The course involves an independent project in which students design and implement a scientific study. The student will formulate a computational social science research relevant task, select a suitable method, and report the results in a written essay. 

Teaching and working methods

The teaching consists of supervision and seminars. In addition, students should exercise self-study. 

Language of instruction: English


The course is examined by:

  • Active participation in seminars, U-G
  • Individual oral presentation, EC
  • Individual oral opposition, EC
  • Individually written essay, EC

To earn grade E as the final course grade, at least E is required for all examination parts, and G for active seminar participation.
For grade D, the student must have obtained at least D on the individually written essay, and at least G / E for the other examinations.
For grade C, the student must have obtained at least C on the individually written essay, and at least G / D for the other examinations.
For the grade B, the student must have obtained at least B on the individually written essay, and at least G / C for the other examinations.
For grade A, the student must have received A on the individually written essay, and at least G / B for other examination parts.

Detailed information on the examination can be found in the study guide.

Under special circumstances, and if it is possible with regard to the nature of task, the examiner may decide to replace a compulsory part with another equivalent task.

If LiU's coordinator for students with disabilities has granted a student the right to an adapted examination, the student is entitled to it. If the coordinator has instead provided the student with a recommendation for a customized examination or alternative examination form, the examiner may decide on this if the examiner considers it possible based on the course's objectives.


Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.



Other information

Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus. 

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.


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SEM1 Seminars EC 1 credits
RED1 Oral presentation EC 3 credits
MOP1 Opponentship EC 1 credits
UPP1 Thesis EC 25 credits

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