Master’s Thesis


Prerequisite/Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

Has passed the first three semesters of Sustainable Cities.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

A student who has completed the module:

Learning objectives


  • Has thorough knowledge of relevant theories and methods in relation to the chosen problem and can reflect on these
  • Can describe the theory or theories used in such a way that the special characteristics of the theory are brought to light and thereby document the understanding of the possibilities and limitations of the theories applied within the concerned field of problems
  • Has knowledge of the scientific and methodical basis of the used theories and can reflect on these
  • Has thorough knowledge of the research basis of the chosen problems, including knowledge of the most important national and international research in the field. 


  • Can independently plan and carry through a project course at a high professional level
  • Can account for possible methods for solution of the problem presented in the project and describe and assess the suitability of the chosen method, including an account of the chosen limitations and their impact on the results of the product
  • Can account for the relevance of the chosen problem for the study programme, including a precise account of the core of the problem and the professional context in which it appears
  • Can analyse and describe the chosen problem by using relevant theories and empirical data
  • Can analyse and assess the results of empirical studies, both the student’s own investigations and those of others, including an assessment of the impact of the investigation method on the validity of the results
  • Can point out relevant future strategies, possibilities of change and/or suggested solutions
  • Can communicate knowledge of the problem to both professionals and non-professionals. 


  • Can form a synthesis between the professional problem and theoretical and empirical studies and make a critical assessment of the synthesis formed and the other results of the project work
  • Can independently, on the basis of the acquired problem, participate in  interdisciplinary discussions and development work
  • Can independently acquire the most recent knowledge in the field and is, on this basis, able to continually develop his/her professional skills and competences.   

Type of instruction

Problem-oriented project work in groups



Name of examMaster’s Thesis
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
Permitted aids
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingExternal examination
Criteria of assessmentAs outlined in the Joint Programme Regulations

Facts about the module

Danish titleKandidatspeciale
Module codePGLSUSK17401
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudyboard for Planning, Geography and Surveying
DepartmentDepartment of Planning
FacultyTechnical Faculty of IT and Design