Master’s Thesis


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module adds to the knowledge obtained in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd semester.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

In the Master’s thesis the student has to demonstrate the acquisition of competences, skills and knowledge that allow him/her to master the profession of service design. The student will work on a theme chosen together with the supervisor and possibly an external company or organisation.

Learning objectives


Students who complete the module will obtain the following qualifications:

  • Must have knowledge about the possibilities to apply appropriate methodological approaches to specific study areas
  • Must have knowledge about design theories and methods that focus on the design of advanced and complex product-service systems
  • 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 obtain the following qualifications:

  • Must be able to work independently, to identify major problem areas (analysis) and adequately address problems and opportunities (synthesis)
  • Must demonstrate the capability of analysing, designing and representing innovative solutions
  • Must demonstrate the ability to evaluate and address (synthesis) major organisational and business issues emerging in the design of a product-service system
  • 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 obtain the following qualifications:

  • Must be able to master design and development work in situations that are complex, unpredictable and require new solutions (synthesis)
  • Must be able to independently initiate and implement discipline-specific and interdisciplinary cooperation and assume professional responsibility (synthesis)
  • Must have the capability to independently take responsibility for own professional development and specialisation (synthesis)
  • 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

See general description of the types of instruction described in § 17.



Name of examMaster’s Thesis
Type of exam
Master's thesis/final project
Oral exam based on a 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 codeMSNSSDM4201
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Service Systems Design
Study BoardStudy Board of Media Technology
DepartmentDepartment of Architecture, Design and Media Technology
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design