xperience-based Master’s Thesis
2015-2016 - IMT4905 - 30 ECTS


Courses work in the study program (60ETCS) must be passed before the work on the master thesis can be started. The exception of 10 missing credits may be tolerated at the discretion of the director of the study program, but only if the missing credits are not relevant for the topic of the master thesis.

Expected learning outcomes

After successfully completing the program, students:


  • Possess specialized insight into a application domain and relevant academic work.
  • Possess knowledge of theoretical background and methods being used in the area of specialization.


  • Are capable of defining a significant and complex application and innovation problem relevant to the master program, clearly and independently, but with guidance from a supervisor.
  • Are capable of analyzing existing literature, studies, 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 an academic project, mastering the terminology of the field.

General Competence

  • Are capable of acquiring new knowledge.
  • Are capable of presenting academic 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 practices that are common within the area. The topic must be pre-approved by the supervisor.

Teaching Methods

Project work

Teaching Methods (additional text)

Independent study

Form(s) of Assessment


Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

Project report (essay) 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 mentee. 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 January 20th or June 20th).