Master's Thesis


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The student is recommended to have knowledge, skills and competencies within the industrial design and engineering field corresponding to the completion of the MSc01 - MSc03 Industrial Design Engineering education or similar.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The aim of this project is to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their mastery of key competencies in a design engineering based self-driven process.

Learning objectives


Students who complete the module:

  • Must be able to account for the relevant design related knowledge and identify design relevant problems within the chosen subject
  • Must account for the appropriate research-based knowledge in the design process
  • Must demonstrate a high degree of awareness regarding the main experiments, tests, proposals and evaluations affecting the decision-making in the design process and thoroughly account for the scientific validity of test, investigations and other type of data used in the design process
  • Must demonstrate a high degree of awareness regarding the main critical issues in the design proposal and the appropriate course of action to amend these


Students who complete the module:

  • Must be able to design by integrating a desired expression and experience through form and function into technical sound products, constructions and solutions, with due consideration to state-of-the-art technology, manufacturing abilities, costs and configuration of supply chain
  • Must demonstrate the ability to frame the design assignment using professional tools and methods and generate a design proposal based on clearly defined values, user needs and or business plan that meets predefined criteria, target values and cost range
  • Must demonstrate the ability to select, use and reflect on the appropriate methods for analysing problems, users, technologies, constructions, competitors, markets, products, strategies, companies and own design-based product or solution proposals
  • Must demonstrate the ability to select and use the appropriate method, technique and tools for carrying out experiments and synthesising design-based product or solution proposals
  • Must demonstrate the ability to navigate a design process, by continuously driving the design process forward by focusing on the most relevant part of the project and delimit the scope accordingly
  • Must demonstrate high skills in communicating complex problems and solutions to both peers and non-specialists


Students who complete the module:

  • Must achieve a high degree of integration of selected appropriate aspects of the subject of choice, in a coherent proposal for a solution within the broad field of design engineering
  • Must be able to independently and professionally manage and facilitate a design process that integrates engineering disciplines in order to design innovative solutions that include both technical rigor and design features, while involving relevant stakeholders in the process.
  • Must be able to review the final proposal while taking into account both engineering, design, environmental and business perspectives

Type of instruction

Types of instruction are listed in § 17; Structure and contents of the programme.       



Name of examMaster's Thesis
Type of exam
Master's thesis/final project
Permitted aids
Without 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 codeAODIM4P201
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


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