Master's Thesis


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The student must prepare a Master’s thesis on a subject which the student is free to select from within the framework of the selected profile or to select their subject from within the framework of the entire programme. The thesis subject, which must include an international and/or intercultural dimension, must be approved by the study board.

The subject must be presented to the study board in the shape of a synopsis comprising substantiation of the relevance of the subject and of the theoretical and methodological points of departure, a description of the main structure and disposition considered.

Students who have chosen the specialisation in Arctic Studies must write their thesis within this area.

Learning objectives


  • the theoretical area of the selected issue
  • theories and methods for the identification and analysis of a relevant and delimited issue within the main areas of culture, communication and globalisation
  • research ethics and the implications of research work
  • reflection on the selected issue on a scientific basis.



  • independently, on the basis of scientific theory and method, seeking, analysing and applying knowledge within the area of the programme
  • outlining and applying new models of analysis for the investigation of international and/or intercultural issues
  • structuring and communicating knowledge gained in an academic and accessible manner.


  • problem delimitation and problem analysis within international and/or intercultural relations within the globalised world
  • methodology-based argumentation for disciplinary choices and priorities
  • application of theories and scientific methods in relation to a specific issue
  • launching and managing holistic and complex investigations based on scientific criteria, models of analysis, and methods within the field of the selected issue
  • assuming responsibility for personal academic development and specialisation within the selected area.

Type of instruction

Type of instruction is described in § 17 in the curriculum.



Name of examMaster's Thesis
Type of exam
Master's thesis/final project
An external, combined oral and written examination in: Master’s Thesis. The examination will be conducted as a dialogue between the student, the examiner and the external examiner on the basis of a Master’s thesis prepared by one or a number of students.
The thesis must be no shorter than 35 pages, and must not exceed 70 pages per student, or 80 pages if the thesis is prepared by one student. The thesis must include an international or intercultural dimension.

An abstract in English of a minimum of one page and a maximum of two pages must be prepared (the pages of this abstract are not included in the overall minimum and maximum page numbers stipulated for the Master’s thesis).

Duration of examination: 45 minutes per student, including 10 minutes for voting and announcement of the result.
Re-examinations will be held according to the rules in force on group examinations as stipulated in the Examination Order.
Permitted aids
All written and all electronic 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 codeKACCG20209
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Arts (MA) in Culture, Communication and Globalization
Study BoardStudy Board of International and Cross‐Cultural Studies
DepartmentDepartment of Culture and Learning
FacultyFaculty of Social Sciences and Humanities