Master’s Thesis


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


Students who have passed the module should be able to:

  • explain the scientific basis and scientific issues within the competence profile of the specialization in Environmental Processes
  • explain the highest international research within the thesis subject area


  • master the scientific, numerical, and technical methods and general engineering skills related to the thesis subject area
  • write an electronic project report following the standards of the field of study
  • use the correct terminology and communicate and discuss the project's research-based foundation and problem and results in writing, graphically and verbally in a professionally reasoned and coherent way
  • use relevant software to present, analyze and visualize theories, hypotheses and data in writing as well as orally
  • critically assess, select, and use relevant original scientific literature and current scientific methods, models and tools used in the project and discuss the problem of the project and results in relevant scientific and social contexts
  • evaluate the potential of the project for further development, assessing and incorporating relevant economic, ethical, environmental and other societal relevant factors


  • participate in and independently implement technological and scientific development and research, develop and implement experimental work and solve complex tasks using scientific methods
  • handle the planning, implementation and management of complex and unpredictable research and/or developmental tasks and take professional responsibility to implement independent academic assignments and interdisciplinary collaborations
  • independently take responsibility for own professional development and specialization

Type of instruction

Project work.

Extent and expected workload

A long Master’s thesis of more than 30 ECTS must include work of experimental nature and has to be approved by the Head of Studies. The amount of experimental work must reflect the allotted ECTS.

Since it is a 45 ECTS project module, the workload is expected to be 1350 hours for the student.



Name of examMaster’s Thesis
Type of exam
Master's thesis/final project
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 codeB-VM-K3-23
Module typeProject
Duration2 semesters
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Water and Environmental Engineering)
Study BoardStudy Board of Built Environment
DepartmentDepartment of the Built Environment
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science