Master's Thesis


Recommended 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 finance. The student has the option to do this by collaborating with a company or organisation.

During this module, the student will be assigned a supervisor and create a written report that illustrates critical and reflexive competencies related to problem-solving and developing arguments on an academic level.

Learning objectives


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

  • the subject area and insight into the theories, concepts, models, and methods that are relevant for the subject of the thesis.
  • demonstrating a further understanding and identification of scientific problems and/or problems that are relevant for companies, institutions, and the society in general.
  • reflecting about and critical assessment of the gathered scientific knowledge.


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

  • choosing between, demarcating between, and applying relevant scientific theories, models, and methods on empirical and/or theoretical problems.
  • analysing, explaining, and exemplifying central aspects within the theories, models, and methods that are relevant for the problem(s) in the thesis.
  • formulating a written as well as oral presentation of the problem(s), relevant methods, analyses, and conclusions of the thesis in a scientifically clear and precise language.


The objective is that the student after the module possesses the necessary competences in:

  • independent management and conduct of a longer-term academic work- and development process where complex and unpredictable situations require critical assessment and decisions about new ways of solving the problem(s) from idea phase to conceptualisation and implementation of suggested solutions.
  • discussing and presenting arguments of selected problems and solutions in academic writings and oral presentations directed towards various target groups.
  • taking personal and/or group responsibility for personal development and progress of academic skills within the subject area.



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 codeKAFIN202220
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
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