Master’s Thesis


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

To document that the student, independently or in a small group, is capable of planning and completing a major research project in sound and music computing. The final thesis must document the student’s ability to apply scientific theories and methods, critically analyze existing work, and synthesize new knowledge.

Learning objectives


Students who complete the module will gain knowledge as follows:

  • Must have knowledge and understanding in one or more subject areas that are representative of the state of the art in the research community of sound and music computing
  • Can understand and, on a scientific basis, apply an area of sound and music computing and identify scientific problems
  • Account for the scientific foundation, and scientific problem areas, of the specialization
  • Describe the state of the art of relevant research in the specialization


Students who complete the module will gain skills as follows:

  • Synthesize scientific methods and tools and general skills related to sound and music computing
  • Can evaluate and select among scientific theories, methods, tools and general skills, and on a scientific basis, advance new analysis methods and solutions in sound and music computing
  • Can synthesize research-based knowledge and discuss professional and scientific problems with both peers and non-specialists
  • Master the scientific methods and general skills associated with the specialization
  • 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 gain competences as follows:

  • Can synthesize work and development situations that are complex, unpredictable and require new solutions
  • Can apply acquired knowledge to independently initiate and implement discipline-specific and interdisciplinary cooperation, and assume professional responsibility
  • Can independently synthesize and take responsibility for their own professional development and specialisation
  • 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 and specialization

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
Permitted aids
With certain aids:
Please 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 codeMSNSMCM4201
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Sound and Music Computing)
Study BoardStudy Board of Media Technology
DepartmentDepartment of Architecture, Design and Media Technology
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design