Master's Thesis
2013-2014 - IMT4904 - 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 program, students:


  • Possess specialised insight into a scientific area and relevant scientific work
  • Possess knowledge of theories and methods being used in the area of specialisation


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

General Competence

  • Are capable of acquiring new knowledge
  • Are capable of presenting scientific work and 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

Form(s) of Assessment


Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

For Autumn 2013:

All of the following parts will be assessed individually:

  • The written thesis accounts for 80% of the final grade
  • An oral presentation accounts for 15%
  • An oral examination of each student accounts for the remaining 5%.
  • All parts need to be passed.

For Spring 2014:

Project report and oral examination

  • The project report is given a temporary grade.
  • Individual oral examination/presentation may adjust the grade up or down to the final grade, according to performance.
  • Students must obtain a passing grade on the report to be able to present themselves for the oral examination/presentation.
  • Students must pass both parts to pass the course
  • For off campus students the oral exam will be arranged through web conference.

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.

Master Thesis agreement signed by student and supervisor to be handed at the beginning of the semester (deadlines Jan 20th or June 20th ).