Master Thesis Topics

MASTER THESIS TOPICS

GSK Vaccines Chair in Strategic Sourcing and Procurement

Supervisor: Pr. Dr. Constantin BLOME

How to get in touch? 

You can contact Professor BLOME by sending an email to constantin.blome@uclouvain.be or by calling 010 47 43 12. Specific modalities are exposed in text below.

Topics

Master thesis topics.pdf

We welcome every student who wants to pursue an exciting and challenging master thesis project. Our main field of supervision are empirical research projects which can be pursued in the following ways:

  1. In collaboration with firms
  2. As individual research project
  3. As project being part of a larger scientific research project

We are offering to you several potential master thesis topics, however we are also open for considering your ideas and providing access to firms interested in working with you.
Our aim for a master thesis is that you pursue an interesting work that – like every project at the chair – is insightful for practitioners and research alike. This enables to work on a topic that is demanding and provides you with a great opportunity to position yourself for the job market. In case your master thesis is a success we will provide you with direct access to the job market or will help you publishing your work, especially in case you consider pursuing an academic career.

Master thesis in collaboration with firms

Master theses pursued jointly with firms have several advantages: You work on a topic with high interest in practice and you will get access additional insights on another firm which might also be your future employer. The interest of firms to have Master students pursuing a topic in strategic sourcing and procurement is high so we can help you finding a firm in case you do not have access already. We have plenty of contacts to international firms, but particularly encourage a Master thesis at GSK Vaccines as they are among the best practice firms in strategic sourcing and procurement and very supportive to students.

If you are interested in pursuing this kind of Master thesis, please have a look at the process.

Process & Requirements

In order to pursue a master thesis in collaboration with firms, you have to do the following things. Identify an interesting topic potential firms or an industry. In case you have access to a firm, even better.
Please send a proposal of your topic consisting of four paragraphs:

  • Which firm/ industry do you want to work with? Did you already establish the contact to the firm?
  • What kind of project do you want to pursue? Topic, link to literature, relevance for practice
  • Potential outline of project (rough project plan),
  • Suggested timeline plus your cv at your earliest convenience to constantin.blome@uclouvain.be.

Individual research project as Master thesis

A Master thesis should be in every case an individual research project. But what we mean with individual project is that you choose your most favourite research topic, research question and methodology to pursue an own research project. As we know that pursuing an own research project requires substantial guidance we provide you with help in adjusting research questions, methodology etc. We have some research topics you can choose from, but as it is an individual project we welcome all of your thoughts and ideas. The typical methodologies we use in these master theses are:

  • Case Studies (single or multiple)
  • Mathematical modelling
  • Surveys
  • Experiments
  • Secondary Data Analysis
  • Combination of these methods

Here is a list of potential topics

(To be done including quarter page description after finalization with GSK)

If you are interested in pursuing this kind of Master thesis, please have a look at the process.

Process & Requirements

In order to pursue a master thesis at the chair, you have to do the following things. Please send a proposal of your topic consisting of four paragraphs:

  1. Why is the topic important? Potential research questions
  2. Establish the link to exciting theory and literature
  3. Suggested research method
  4. Suggested timeline plus your cv at your earliest convenience to constantin.blome@uclouvain.be

Master Thesis as part of a larger research project

We pursue two different kinds of theses in this field. The first option is group work of several Master students jointly working on an overall research topic of the chair. The other option is to pursue a Master thesis as part of a larger research project of the chair together with researchers of the chair. This might include research projects with international researchers. In both cases it is important that every student has a unique contribution and enough room to develop his own thoughts, but that‘s where we have a lot of experience in providing the necessary guidance. As these research projects are ongoing you might get involved at an earlier or later stage of the research project. You can find an overview of ongoing research projects on our homepage. However, not all research projects are mentioned as research at a very early stage is confidential.

If you are interested in pursuing this kind of Master thesis, please have a look at the process.

Process & Requirements

Please send a short note with a potential research field in mind to constantin.blome@uclouvain.be
Please do not forget to attach your cv. Everything further will be discussed in a first appointment with the supervisor.

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