Master’s Thesis


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module is based on knowledge achieved when studying all previous semesters on the Master of Science in Energy Engineering with specialisation in Thermal Energy and Process Engineering or similar.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Have knowledge and comprehension within the area of thermal energy and process engineering at the highest international level
  • Be able to critically judge knowledge and identify new scientific problems within the area of thermal energy and process engineering
  • Have knowledge about the implications within the research work (research ethics)


  • Be able to judge the usefulness of different scientific methods and tools for analysis and problem solving within the field of thermal energy and process engineering
  • Be able to use advanced laboratory set-ups, data analysis methods and analysis and modelling methods within the field of thermal energy and process engineering
  • Be able to communicate about scientific problems both to specialists and the public
  • Have obtained skills related to the industrial area within thermal energy and process engineering


  • Be able to control complex/unexpected working and development situations within thermal energy and process engineering, and be able to develop new solutions
  • Be able to independently define and analyse scientific problems, and based on that make and state the reasons for decisions made
  • Be able to independently continue own development in competence and specialisation
  • Be able to independently be the project manager of professional and interdisciplinary development work and be able to undertake the professional responsibility and management including reporting

Type of instruction

Problem based project organised work. The final project may study new subjects or be an extension of the project work from previous semesters.

The project can be a disciplinary project, a cross disciplinary project or a part of a multi-disciplinary project, where several groups from the department do different parts of a larger project. Finally, the project can also be a part of a so-called MEGA project where several project groups from more departments are participating, each doing their part of the large project to find a total solution.

The subject matter will remain in the area of thermal energy and process engineering. The project may be of experimental nature and will often be in collaboration with an industrial company or other research institution performing research in the area of thermal energy and process engineering.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 50 ECTS project module, the work load is expected to be 1500 hours for the student



Name of examMaster’s Thesis
Type of exam
Master's thesis/final project
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingExternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Additional information

The Master’s Thesis is conducted as a long Master’s Thesis using both the 3rd and 4th semesters. The long Master’s Thesis must include experimental work and must be approved by the Study Board in advance. The amount of experimental work must reflect the allotted ECTS.

Facts about the module

Danish titleKandidatspeciale
Module codeN-EE-K4-1LNA
Module typeProject
Duration2 semesters
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module
Time allocation for external examinersD


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Energy Engineering)
Study BoardStudy Board of Energy
DepartmentDepartment of Energy
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science