Master’s Thesis


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The master’s thesis can be conducted as a long master’s thesis of 45 ECTS. If choosing to do a long master’s 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-credits.

Learning objectives


Students who complete the module:

  • 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


Students who complete the module:

  • 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 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


Students who complete the module:

  • 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
  • Can independently initiate and implement discipline-specific and interdisciplinary cooperation and assume professional responsibility
  • Must be able to communicate the results of the project work in a project report

Type of instruction

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

Extent and expected workload

The module is 45 ECTS which is corresponding to 1350 hours of study.



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

Additional information

The Master’s thesis must include an English summary.* If the project is written in English, the summary can be in Danish. The summary must be at least 1 page and not more than 2 pages. The summary is included in the evaluation of the project as a whole. 

* Or another foreign language (upon approval from the Board of Studies).

Facts about the module

Danish titleKandidatspeciale
Module codeB-BED-K4-16
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module
Time allocation for external examinersD


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Technology (Building Energy Design)
Study BoardStudy Board of Built Environment
DepartmentDepartment of the Built Environment
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science