Master's Thesis
2011-2012 - IMT4901 - 30 ECTS


All other courses in the study program (90 credits) must be passed before the work on the master thesis can be started.

Expected learning outcomes

After successfully completing the master thesis, the students are capable of:

  • clearly and independently, but with guidance from a supervisor, defining a significant and complex research and development (R&D) problem relevant to the master program
  • analyzing existing literature, theories, methods, and interpretations
  • independently acquiring new knowledge necessary to complete the project
  • planning and conducting necessary studies or experiments, organizing and analyzing data acquired, drawing defensible conclusions, and making recommendations based on these
  • documenting the results achieved in a scientific project, mastering the terminology of the field
  • presenting the results in oral form.


The student shall pick a specific problem of relevance to the master's program. The topic must represent a challenge within the specific area and must require that the student adheres to practises that are common within the area. The topic must be preapproved by the supervisor.

Teaching Methods

Project work

Teaching Methods (additional text)

Formative feedback from staff and fellow students at the master thesis presentation seminar.

Form(s) of Assessment

Evaluation of Project(s)

Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

 Evaluation of Project

Grading Scale

Alphabetical Scale, A(best) – F (fail)

External/internal examiner

External examiner and internal examiners

Re-sit examination

After failure, a student may submit a new or a revised thesis once. If the student chooses to submit a revised version of the thesis, this must be submitted in the following semester.

Coursework Requirements

The student must participate in the supervision as a supervisee. The student must continuously be able to present project status to the supervisor and demonstrate that the project can be completed according to the current project plan or, alternatively, adjust the plan accordingly to ensure a successful outcome. The student is required to review the work of one fellow student and to present this review during the student's defense. Each student is also required to participate in the oral presentation held by at least four other fellow students.