60 ECTS credits, including ME-423 Research Methods and either RE-400 Auditing 1 or RE-401 Auditing 2, must be successfully completed in order to be assigned a supervisor for the master's thesis.
Upon successful completion of this course the student should be able to:
demonstrate thorough knowledge of the field researched for the Master's thesis.
evaluate research performed by others
apply relevant scientific theory and methods in studying an academic topic, and independently analyse empirical data
carry out a major independent scientific project
present a major project in line with academic standards and ethical norms for good research
In the last semester the students write a Master's Thesis counting 30 ECTS credits within the chosen specialisation of study. The topic may be selected by the student or suggested by business contacts or faculty members. However, the students themselves have to formulate the final research question under guidance from the supervisor. In terms of form and content, the thesis is expected to have a tight coupling between its theoretical foundation and scientific method. The thesis should also have an analytical approach and often an empirical analysis of the research question. The student should follow academic standards and norms with respect to research and reporting.
The faculty provides guidelines for the Master's Theis. A copy of the guidelines will be made available in Canvas.
The thesis is usually written in groups of two students. It is however possible to apply to write it individually. The students receive guidance specified in a seperate supervision contract. Estimated workload is about 810 hours.
As part of the guidance process students participate in a seminar focusing on the research process and how to communicate findings and results to different audiences.
The thesis seminars will only be offered in the spring. This means that students handing in their thesis in the fall will not be offered such a seminar.
Two meetings with the supervisor and approved oral presentation.
Assessment methods and criteria
Master's thesis comprising 100% of letter grade. Examination results will be announced after six weeks.
It's possible to hand in the master's thesis both in the spring and autumn semester.
According to the Examination Regulations § 26a - 1st paragraph, it is not possible to evaluate a new or revised master's thesis in the same study program when the student has previously assessed his assignment with passed results.