- Case studies: Learning through the analysis of actual or simulated cases in order to interpret and resolve them by employing various alternative solution procedures.
- Project-based learning: Realization of a project to solve a problem, applying acquired learning and promoting abilities related to planning, design, performing activities, and reaching conclusions.
The assessment of the Final Master's Project will be carried out by a panel of three professors with tenure at the University who have also been in charge of subjects or modules in the Master's in Taxation. The president of the panel will be the Head Teacher of the Master's.
The final mark of this Project will be calculated following these percentages:
a) 70% of the final mark will arise from the mark given to the Final Master's Project itself. The Project will be written by students and the panel will assess different aspects, such as its academic content and quality, its adequacy to the style guidelines published by the University, the practical implications of the chosen topic and the critical and analytical ability of students.
Hence, each student will individually write their own Project following the guidelines of an academic tutor. In this Project students shall include the theoretical and practical knowledge acquired during the Master's. The Project shall develop a specific topic chosen by students, which shall be directly linked to one of the areas covered in the syllabus of the Master's. Students will be given a list of suggestions at the beginning of the course. This list, however, will not limit students in choosing their own topic.
Upon selecting the topic to develop, students will be assigned a tutor, after considering the existence of topic affinity depending on the line of work of each tutor. All the tutors will be Ph.D. professors and will guide the students during the process of writing as well as for their viva.
The End of Master's Project will be subject to some style guidelines (font, line spacing, bibliography, citations, etc.) as well as length and structure guidelines, which shall be published prior to the beginning of the projects on the Master's Web page. Each student shall submit two paper copies and a digital one of their Project two weeks before the assigned date of their viva.
b) 30% of the final mark will arise from the students' viva. The viva will be a public face-to-face event, the date for which will be announced with sufficient time. In the viva, students shall make use of a maximum of 30 minutes to present and explain the object, methodology, content and conclusion of their End of Master's Project. The means to be used in the presentation are at the students' choice. After the presentation, students shall answer the questions, comments or suggestions made by the panel.
To assess the viva, the panel will take into account the content and quality of the presentation, as well as the students' clear explanations and deft summarising.