Master’s Thesis


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module adds to the knowledge obtained in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd semester.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The master thesis caan 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 document that the student, independently or in a small group, is capable of planning and completing a major research project in sound and music computing. The final thesis must document the student’s ability to apply scientific theories and methods, critically analyze existing work, and synthesize new knowledge.

Learning objectives


Students who complete the module will gain knowledge as follows:

  • 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 sound and music computing.
  • Can understand and, on a scientific basis, apply an area of sound and music computing and identify scientific problems.


Students who complete the module will gain skills as follows:

  • Synthesize scientific methods and tools and general skills related to sound and music computing.
  • Can evaluate and select among scientific theories, methods, tools and general skills, and on a scientific basis, advance new analysis methods and solutions in sound and music computing.
  • Can synthesize research-based knowledge and discuss professional and scientific problems with both peers and non-specialists.


Students who complete the module will gain competences as follows:

  • Can synthesize work and development situations that are complex, unpredictable and require new solutions.
  • Can apply acquired knowledge to independently initiate and implement discipline-specific and interdisciplinary cooperation, and assume professional responsibility.
  • Can independently synthesize and take responsibility for their 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:
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 grading scale.
Permitted aids
With certain aids:
Please 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 codeMSNSMCM4171
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Copenhagen, Campus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Sound and Music Computing)
Study BoardStudy Board of Media Technology
DepartmentDepartment of Architecture, Design and Media Technology
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design