Master Thesis
Study plans 2016-2017 - TØL4902 - 30 ECTS


All pervious courses (90 ECTS) of the Master program courses must be passed before the approval of the master thesis

Expected learning outcomes

The thesis will demonstrate the student's ability to define and complete a science project with the aim to produce new knowledge. The thesis will demonstrate the student’s ability to:


  • choose relevant methods according to the problem definition
  • carry out the project according the chosen methods
  • discuss the results and draw defensible conclusions and make recommendations


  • clearly and independently define a significant problem relevant to the master's program
  • arrange necessary studies or experiments

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 adhere to practices that are common within the area.
  • The topic must be preapproved by the supervisor.

Teaching Methods


Teaching Methods (additional text)

The course will be made accessible for both campus-  and remote students. Every student is free to choose the pedagogic arrangement form that is best fitted for her/his own requirement.

The lectures in the course will be given on campus and are open for both categories of students. Lectures that sum up the main issues in the lecture will also be available on internet through GUC’s learning management system (Fronter)

Tutoring are given at campus in accordance to announced times. In addition there will be at least on gathering at campus for remote students with mandatory laboratory exercises.

Tutoring is also available through internet.

Form(s) of Assessment


Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

Project report and oral examination

  • The project report is given a temporary grade.
  • Individual oral examination (30 minutes) may adjust the grade up or down to the final grade, according to performance in the oral examination.
  • Students must obtain a passing grade on the report to be able to present themselves for the oral examination.
  • 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

The master thesis will have one internal and one external examiner.

Re-sit examination

After failure (F), the 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.

For the oral exam there may be a re-sit in agreement with the course responsible. 

Coursework Requirements

The student must participate in the supervision as a supervisee. The student must present a project status report to the supervisor within 3 months 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 status report must be approved by the supervisor. The student is required to defend the master thesis in an oral presentation with one fellow student as opponent. The student is required to review the work of one fellow student and to present this review during the student's defense.