Master’s Thesis


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module


The objective of the module is to document that the student, independently or in a small group, is capable of planning and completing a major research and/or development project in the area of Media Technology. The project must document the student’s ability to apply scientific theories and methods, critically analyse existing work, and synthesize new knowledge and media technological solutions.            


Learning objectives


Students who complete the module will obtain:

  • thorough understanding of the affordances and limitations posed by the application context of the chosen media technological project, both from a user/use-case perspective and a technological perspective

With respect to Problem-Based Learning students will be able to:

  • account for the scientific foundation, and scientific problem areas
  • describe the state of the art of relevant research


Students who complete the module will be able to: 

  • design and carry out iterative development processes that generate knowledge of users and/or relevant media technological solutions, and feed this knowledge into optimizing the user experience or other relevant performance metrics

With respect to Problem-Based Learning students will be able to:

  • master the scientific methods and general skills associated with the problem area
  • produce a project report according to norms of the area, apply correct terminology, document extensive command over relevant literature, communicate and discuss the research-based foundation, problem and results of the project orally, graphically and in writing in a coherent manner
  • critically evaluate the results of the project in relation to relevant literature and established scientific methods and models, evaluate and discuss the project’s problem area in a relevant scientific context
  • evaluate and discuss the project’s potential for further development


Students who complete the module will be able to:

  • systematically conceive, design, implement, and evaluate prototypes of digital media products targeted at specific users and/or use-cases
  • design and carry out scientifically sound experiments to evaluate media products, as well as analysing and communicating the results thereof

With respect to Problem-Based Learning students will be able to:

  • participate in, and independently carry out, technological development and research, and apply scientific methods in solving complex problems
  • plan, execute and manage complex research and/or development tasks, and assume a professional responsibility for independently carrying out, potentially cross-disciplinary, collaborations
  • independently assume responsibility for own scientific development

Type of instruction

Academically supervised student-governed problem oriented project work.  The project is carried out individually or in small groups of a maximum of three students. At least one internal supervisor is assigned, who deals with the primary area of the project in his or her research.



Name of examMaster’s Thesis
Type of exam
Master's thesis/final project
Individual oral examination based on a written project and a media-technological product plus an A/V-production illustrating and summarizing the project.
Permitted aids
With certain aids:
See semester description
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 codeMSNMEDM4221
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg, Campus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Media Technology
DepartmentDepartment of Architecture, Design and Media Technology
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design