The Master’s thesis module comprises preparation of a Master’s thesis on a subject which the student is free to select from within the disciplinary framework of the programme. The thesis may be written as either a theoretically, methodologically or analytically oriented thesis, or it may be oriented towards practical and constructive ICT solutions on the basis of theory and method.
The topic of the Master’s thesis must be approved by the Study Board. The topic must be presented to the Study Board in the shape of a synopsis comprising a preliminary problem formulation, argumentation for the relevance of the topic and for the theoretical and methodological points of departure, a preliminary bibliography and time schedule, including a submission deadline.
The module includes a number of thesis seminars. Additionally, students will be offered expert thesis supervision in relation with their problem oriented thesis work.
In the Master’s thesis module, the student will acquire knowledge of:
the theories, methods and technologies of the selected thesis topic at the highest international level
research ethics and understanding of the implications of research work
the theory of science of the selected thesis topic
In the Master’s thesis module, the student will acquire skills in:
applying methods, theories and technologies pertaining to a specific issue within the academic area
creating an independent and systematic overview of relevant existing knowledge within the topic of the thesis
independently selecting approaches pertaining to the topic of the thesis on the basis of theory of science, theory, methods, analysis, design and/or technology, and substantiating these academic choices and priorities
applying, further developing and critically reflecting on relevant theories, methods and technologies pertaining to the topic of the thesis
In the Master’s thesis module, the student will acquire competences in:
critical reflection on the disciplinary area pertaining to the chosen topic of the thesis
independent and systematic search for knowledge, choosing and explaining this choice and planning and undertaking the research of the topic of the thesis
arguing for choices as regards the applied theories, methods and technologies as well as choices as regards any empirical material and/or design aspects
structuring and communicating the acquired knowledge in a suitable manner as regards content and language register to an academic audience within the disciplinary field of the programme.
|Name of exam||Master’s Thesis|
|Type of exam|
Master's thesis/final projectThe examination will be conducted as a conversation between the student(s) and the examiner and external examiner on the basis of a Master’s thesis prepared by one or a number of students. The Master’s thesis will be considered the shared responsibility of the group. The Master’s thesis and the conversation must demonstrate that each student fulfils the objectives for the module stated above as regards knowledge, skills and competences.
The Master’s thesis, including a one-two page summary in a foreign language (see below), forms the basis of the examination and assessment, and a combined grade will be awarded for the Master’s thesis and the oral performance.
Literature foundation: 3000 standard pages supervisor approved, self-selected literature related to the project.
Summary: A summary of no less than one page and no more than two pages in Danish, English or other European language must be included.
Total number of pages: The Master’s thesis must comprise no less than 35 pages, and must not exceed 70 pages per student, or 80 pages if prepared individually.
Normal duration of examination: 45 minutes; if two students, 75 minutes; and if three students, 100 minutes.
All written and all electronic aids
|Assessment||7-point grading scale|
|Type of grading||External examination|
|Criteria of assessment||In the evaluation of the examination performance, the grade 12
will only be awarded to students who give an excellent performance
and demonstrate that they have fulfilled the objectives for the
subject exhaustively or with only few insignificant omissions.
The following modules are mandatory for the Information Architecture focus area.
|Language of instruction||English|
|Location of the lecture||Campus Aalborg|
|Responsible for the module|
|Study Board||Study Board of Communication and Digital Media|
|Faculty||The Faculty of Humanities|
|School||School of Music, Music Therapy, Psychology, Art, Communication and Technology|