Master’s Thesis


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module adds to the knowledge obtained in the first three semesters.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The master thesis can be conducted as a long master thesis. If choosing to do a long master thesis, it has to include experimental work and has to be approved by the study board. The amount of experimental work must reflect the allotted ECTS.


To give the students the ability to make a project as an experimental, empirical, artistic, technological /engineering and/or theoretical investigation of one or more central issues in the chosen specialisation within the field of lighting design. This happens with reflective incorporation of relevant scientific theories and mixed methods acquired throughout the master’s programme in lighting design. The final thesis must substantiate the student’s ability to apply scientific theories and mixed methods from the fields of architecture, science of lightning and media technology into new solutions.


Learning objectives


Students who complete the module will gain knowledge, skills and competences as follows:

  • Must have knowledge and understanding about relevant theories and methods in relation to the chosen project theme
  • Must have knowledge and understanding in one or more subject areas that are representative of the state of the art in the research community of the chosen specialisation
  • Can synthesise and, on a scientific basis, apply an area of the chosen specialisation and identify scientific problems
  • Must be able to understand and synthesise the theories and methods applied in relation to the practice of lighting design profession


Students who complete the module will gain knowledge, skills and competences as follows:

  • Must be able to synthesize scientific methods and tools and general skills related to the chosen specialisation
  • Can evaluate and select among scientific theories, methods, tools and general skills and, on a scientific basis, create new analyses and solutions in the chosen specialisation
  • Can synthesize research-based knowledge and discuss professional and scientific problems with both peers and non-specialists
  • Must be able to make proposals for design, strategies and interventions of relevance to the lighting design field


Students who complete the module will gain knowledge, skills and competences as follows:

  • Must have competencies to synthesize knowledge and use mixed methods to create design solutions of an aesthetic, technical and functional character
  • Must have competencies to synthesize and create solutions and that are complex, unpredictable and require new solutions
  • Must have competencies to independently synthesize and take responsibility for one's own professional development and specialisation

Type of instruction

Academically supervised student-governed problem oriented project work.

The project is carried out individually or in small groups of a maximum of three students. At least one internal supervisor is assigned, who deals with the primary area of the project in his or her research.



Name of examMaster’s Thesis
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
In accordance with the current Joint Programme Regulations and directions on examination from the Study Board for Media Technology:
Individual oral examination with external censor based on a written project report and a media-technological product plus an A/V-production illustrating and summarizing the project. The assessment is performed in accordance with the 7-point scale.
Permitted aids
With certain aids:
See semester description.
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 codeMSNLIDM4172
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Media Technology
DepartmentDepartment of Architecture, Design and Media Technology
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design