A prerequisite is to have passed examinations corresponding to 75 study points in their education plan, within the beginning of the term where the Master's Thesis is to be written (applies the students attending the master's programme from autumn 2015). Courses on which the Master's Thesis builds upon, have to be assessed to Pass. The topic of the Master Thesis has to be approved by the University of Agder.
After successful completion of the Master's Thesis, the student will be able to plan and carry out larger projects logically and efficiently, and report and present the results in a professional way. By working on the Thesis and attending to the Method course which is a part of the work, the student will have learned to evaluate research and scientific publications, and developed the necessary basis to do document future research work.
The Master's Thesis is carried out individually, within an important subject area of the study. The work will be characterised by research, and will increase the understanding of accomplishment and management of larger multidisciplinary development projects. Since the Master's Thesis deals with multidisciplinary products, elements from several subject areas should also be included. The student will carry out a preliminary study of either literature review, preliminary tests or training within areas of current interests or techniques. A report with the characteristics of a research report describing problem, solutions, results and work, will be handed in. If applicable, prototypes and/or products will also be handed in. The Thesis will be presented orally, in a public lecture.
If possible, the projects will be supervised in collaboration with industry.
Independent and individual work. Compulsory meetings with supervisor at a minimum of 5 tutorials.
The duration of the Master Thesis is normally one semester, which gives an estimated work load of 810-900 learning hours for the student. It is also referred to a separate agreement on supervision and requirements for the Master's Thesis etc. The Master'sThesis is normally offered as a spring term course. On application the Faculty may accept that the Master's Thesis is offered in the autumn term provided that the student fullfills the pre-requisites, and that there is vacant capacity among the supervisors.
Compulsory meetings with supervisor at a minimum of 5 tutorials.
Assessment methods and criteria
Written report. Products, software or prototypes can also be included in the Thesis. An oral presentation of the Thesis is compulsory. Graded assessment. Guidelines for evaluation will be found at the beginning of the semester.
Students who are taking a new or postponed exam, cannot submit an improved version of the Master Thesis.
The course evaluation is completed as a midterm evaluation in accordance with the provisions listed in the Quality Assurance System Chapter 2.1.1. A final evaluation may be completed as required.