Master's Thesis


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

Passed the three first semesters of the Programme in Urban, Energy and Environmental Planning

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Students completing the project module acquire the following:

Learning objectives


  • Thorough knowledge of relevant theories and methods in relation to the chosen problem and can reflect on them
  • Can describe the used theories so that the special characteristics of the theories are brought to light and in this way document understanding of the possibilities and limitations of the used theories within the concerned field of problems
  • Have knowledge of the scientific-theoretical and methodical embeddedness of the used theories and can reflect on them
  • Have thorough knowledge of the research embeddedness of the chosen problem, including knowledge of the most important national and international research in the field 


  • Can independently plan and carry through a project at a high professional level
  • Can give an account of possible methods for solution of the problem formulation of the project, and describe and assess the suitability of the chosen method, including an account of chosen limitations and their importance to the results
  • Can give an account of the relevance to the education of the chosen problem, including a precise account of the core of the problem and the professional context
  • Can analyse and describe the chosen problem by using relevant concepts, theories and empirical investigations
  • Can analyse and assess the results of empirical investigations, whether it is the student’s own investigations or those of others, including an assessment of the importance of the investigation methods to the validity of the results
  • Can point out relevant future strategies, possibilities of change and/or solution proposals
  • Can impart knowledge of the problem to both professionals and non-professionals 


  • Can form a synthesis between the professional problem, theoretical and empirical investigations and make a critical assessment of the synthesis formed and the other results of the project work
  • Can independently, on the basis of the acquired problem, be part of interdisciplinary discussions and development work
  • Can independently acquire the newest knowledge in the field and are on this background capable of continuously developing the professional skills and competencies   

Type of instruction

Problem-based project work alone or in groups.



Name of examMaster's Thesis
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
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 codePGLBEMK17401
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Urban, Energy and Environmental Planning)
Study BoardStudy Board of Planning and Surveying
DepartmentDepartment of Sustainability and Planning
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design