Master’s Thesis (45 ECTS)


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The student has the possibility to write a Long Master’s Thesis (over 2 semesters), if the thesis is of experimental character. A Long Master’s Thesis can be chosen as either 45, 50, or 60 ECTS. If choosing to do a Long Master’s Thesis, the amount of experimental work must reflect the allotted ECTS.

Objectives: The Master’s thesis should be approved by the Board of Studies. It will be done as problem based project work, where the student will develop:

Learning objectives


• Either specialist information on one or a few chosen elements of the relevant topic.
• Or broader insight in the topic with regards to theory, methodology, key elements and their mutual contextual relations.
• Or competencies that, in a relevant way, support and expand the actual competence profile of the student.


• Applying nanotechnology.


• Identifying, formulating and analysing actual problems using independent, systematic and critical thinking.
• Relating a problem to the scientific area in question and justify the choices made with regards to the problem definition in a relevant way.
• Independently making and justifying the choice of scientific theoretical and/or experimental methods.
• The ability to independently apply critical thinking to evaluate both the chosen theory and methodology, as well as to evaluate the analysis, results and conclusions of the project both during and at the end of the project.
• Presenting relevant academic and professional aspects of the project work in a clear and systematic way.

Type of instruction

Project work.

Extent and expected workload

This is a 45 ECTS project module and the work load is expected to be 1350 hours for the student.



Name of examKandidatspeciale (45 ECTS)
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
Permitted aids
All written and all electronic aids
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingExternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleKandidatspeciale (45 ECTS)
Module codeF-NFM-K3-7
Module typeProject
Duration2 semesters
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Mechanical Engineering and Physics
DepartmentDepartment of Materials and Production
FacultyFaculty of Engineering and Science