Master’s Thesis


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

Passed the three first semesters of the Geography programme

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Tofagsstuderende, der læser geografi som centralt fag, skal skrive kandidatspecialet på dansk, selvom modulbeskrivelsen er på engelsk.

Students completing the module acquire the following:

Learning objectives


  • Can understand and on a scientific basis reflect on the knowledge attained within the geographical subjects studied
  • Can identify scientific relevant geographical problems within the subjects studied and reflect on them.
  • Knowledge of the scientific-theoretical and methodological embeddedness of the used geographical theories and can reflect on them
  • Knowledge of important national and international geographical research in the field


  • Can independently plan and carry out a geographical project at a high professional level
  • Can assess possible theoretical and/or experimental methods for analysis of the research problem and reflect  and critically evaluate  the chosen methods
  • Can make an independent and critical reflection of the chosen theories and methods as well as the analyses, results and conclusions
  • Can communicate relevant scientific and professional aspects of project work in a clear and systematic way


  • Can work independently with a project on a specific geographical problem at the highest international level
  • Can define and analyse scientific geographical problems and based on that make and state the reasons for the decisions made
  • Can solve new and complicated geographical problems by the use of advanced scientific geographical knowledge
  • Can evaluate the progress of the project independently and select and include additional literature, field studies, experiments or supplementary data when needed in order to maintain a scientific basis for the project

Type of instruction

Problem-based project work with supervision supplemented with instructions, workshops, presentation seminars, lab tests, etc.



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 assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleKandidatspeciale
Module codePGLGEOK17401
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


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