Master’s Thesis


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module adds to the knowledge obtained on the 1st to 3rd Semester

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Have knowledge and comprehension within the field of the specialization at the highest international level.
  • Be able to critically evaluate knowledge and identify new scientific problems within the field of the specialization.
  • Have understanding of implications within the related research area including research ethics.


  • Independently explain choice of scientific theoretical and/or experimental methods.
  • During the project and when finalising it make an independent and critical estimation of the chosen theories and methods as well as the analyses, results and conclusions.
  • Be able to apply a wide range of engineering methods in research and development in the field of specialization.
  • Be able to communicate relevant scientific and professional aspects of project work in a clear and systematic way both to specialists and the public.


  • Be able to work independently with a project on a specific problem within the field of the specialization at the highest international level.
  • Independently be able to define and analyse scientific problems and based on that make and state the reasons for the decisions made.
  • Be competent to solve new and complicated technical problems by the use of advanced mathematics, scientific and technological knowledge.
  • Be able to evaluate the progress of the project independently and select and include additional literature, experiments or data when needed in order to maintain a scientific basis for the project.
  • Be able to control complex and unexpected working situations and be able to develop new solutions.
  • Must be able to communicate the results of the project work in a project report.

Type of instruction

Project work with supervision supplemented with instructions, workshops, presentation seminars, lab tests, etc.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 45 ECTS project module, the workload is expected to be 1350 hours for the student.

The master thesis is conducted as a long master thesis. A long master thesis has to include experimental work and has to be approved by the study board. The amount of experimental work must reflect the allotted ECTS



Name of examMaster’s Thesis
Type of exam
Master's thesis/final project
Oral exam based on presentation seminar and project rapport.
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
Module codeB-BK-K3A-19
Module typeProject
Duration2 semesters
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module
Time allocation for external examinersD


Study BoardStudy Board of Built Environment
DepartmentDepartment of the Built Environment
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science