Master’s Thesis


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Have attained thorough understanding of a broad range of theoretical, numerical and experimental techniques within the area of specialization.
  • Thorough knowledge of relevant theory, methodology, key elements and their mutual contextual relations within the area of specialization.
  • Explain the scientific basis and scientific issues within the specialization.
  • Explain the highest international research in the field of specialization.


  • Be able to apply scientific methodology to solve a wide variety of problems within the field of specialization.
  • Be able to perform scientific work in relevant topics within the field of specialization.
  • Be able to apply a wide range of engineering methods in research and development projects in the field of specialization.
  • Be able to participate or lead projects in mechanical system design, product development, modelling and analysis within the field of specialization.
  • Master the scientific methods and general skills related to the field of specialization.
  • Compose a project report according to the field's norms, use correct professional language, document extensive inclusion of relevant original literature, communicate and discuss the project's research-based basis and problem and results in a written, graphic and oral manner in a coherent way.
  • Critically evaluate the project's results in relation to relevant original literature and current scientific methods, models and evaluate and discuss the project's problem in a relevant technical scientific context.
  • Assess and put the project's potential into perspective for further development.


  • Identifying, formulating and analysing industrially relevant problems using independent, systematic and critical thinking.
  • Relating a problem to the scientific area in question and justify the choices made with regards to the problem definition in a relevant way.
  • Be able to work independently with a project on a specific problem within their field of interest on the highest possible level within their specialization.
  • Be able to take part in technical research and development.
  • Be able to direct the technical management of development projects within the industry.
  • Be competent to solve new and complicated technical problems by the use of advanced mathematics, scientific and technological knowledge.
  • Participate in and independently carry out technological development and research, as well as solve complex tasks using scientific methods.
  • Perform planning, implementation and management of complex and unpredictable research and / or development tasks and assume a professional responsibility for completing independent academic tasks as well as interdisciplinary collaborations.
  • Independently take responsibility for own professional development and specialization.

Type of instruction

The teaching is organized in accordance with the general form of teaching. Please see the programme cirruculum §17.

Extent and expected workload

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

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.



Name of examMaster's Thesis
Type of exam
Master's thesis/final project
Permitted aidsInformation about allowed helping aids for the examination will be published in the description of the semester/module.
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 codeM-ME-K4-1B
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)
Study BoardStudy Board of Mechanical Engineering and Physics
DepartmentDepartment of Materials and Production
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science