Master's Thesis


Prerequisite for participation in the module

It is a mandatory prerequisite that every other module at the programme is passed prior to participating in the master’s thesis.

The Study Board can grant exemption if there are unusual circumstances, and the Study Board simultaneously assesses that the student has the academic prerequisites to be able to start the master’s thesis.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

In the master’s thesis, students will work on identifying, examining, analysing and reflecting on theoretical and practical problems that are closely related to the core professional competencies within management accounting and control. The student has the option to do this by collaborating with a company or organisation.

During this module, the student will be assigned an advisor and create a written report that illustrates critical and reflexive competencies related to problem-solving and developing arguments on an academic level within the domain of management accounting and control.

Learning objectives


The objective is that the student after the module possesses the necessary knowledge on:

  • the subject area and understanding of how the thesis fits into the area.
  • identifying scientific issues and critically assess gathered scientific knowledge.
  • recognizing methods and theories specific to the academic disciple to analyze scientific problems.


The objective is that the student after the module possesses the necessary skills to:

  • apply scientific theories and methods when working with a specific problem within management accounting and control.
  • analyze and discuss a problem scientifically within the subject area.
  • convey the research-based knowledge according to academic standards to both academic and non-academic colleagues.


The objective is that the student after the module possesses the necessary competencies to:

  • independently manage and implement a long-term academic work- and development process that is complex and unpredictable and requires new solution models.
  • scientifically argue in writing and/or verbally (individually or as part of a team) to various target groups at an academic level.
  • take responsibility for own progress of academic skills and development of academic writing within management accounting and control.

Type of instruction

For information see § 17.



Name of examMaster's Thesis
Type of exam
Master's thesis/final project
Oral exam based on a project
Group examination with max. 3 students. The student may also choose to write the project alone.
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 codeKAØKS202214
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionDanish and English
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Economics and Business Administration
Study BoardStudy Board of Economics and Business Administration
DepartmentAalborg University Business School
FacultyFaculty of Social Sciences and Humanities