Extended Master's Thesis


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Students may choose to complete the 3rd and 4th semesters as one long thesis (60 ECTS). Long final project is especially recommended to work with project topics, where an extraordinarily large collection of data is necessary. Final projects must be approved in advance by the Study Board, and the student must fulfil knowledge, skills and competences as indicated for Master’s theses.

Students completing the module acquire the following:

Learning objectives


  • Has thorough knowledge of relevant theories and methods in relation to the chosen problem and can reflect on them.
  • Is able to describe the used theory or theories so that the special characteristics of this theory are brought to light and in this way document understanding of it or the potentials and limitations of the used theory within the problem field concerned.
  • Has knowledge of the scientific-theoretical and methodical roots of the used theories and can reflect on them.
  • Has thorough knowledge of the research roots of the chosen problem including knowledge of the most important national and international research in the field.


  • Is independently able to plan and complete a project progress at a high professional level.
  • Is able to account for possible methods for solving the problem of the project and describe and assess the suitability of the chosen methods and also account for chosen limitations and their significance to the results of the product.
  • Is able to account for the relevance of the chosen problem to the education, including a precise account of the core of the problem and the professional context in which it appears.
  • Is able to analyse and describe the chosen problem by using relevant theories and empirical investigations.
  • Is able to analyse and assess the results of empirical investigations, whether it is a question of the students’ own investigations or those of others, including an assessment of the importance of the investigation method to the validity of the results.
  • Is able to point at relevant forward-directed strategies, possibilities of change and/or solution proposals.
  • Is able to communicate knowledge of the problem to both professionals and non-profes­sionals.


  • Is able to form a synthesis between the professional problem, theoretical and empirical investigations and to make a critical assessment of the formed synthesis and the other results of the project work.
  • Is able to independently participate in interdisciplinary discussions and develop work based on the acquired knowledge of the problem.
  • Is able to independently acquire the newest knowledge within the field and on this basis currently improve the professional skills and competences.

Type of instruction

Problem-oriented project work in groups.



Name of examExtended Master'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 titleLangt kandidatspeciale
Module codePGLLANK17302
Module typeProject
Duration2 semesters
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg, Campus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Planning and Surveying
DepartmentDepartment of Sustainability and Planning
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design