spring 2021
STE-3900 Master thesis - 40 ECTS

Last changed 11.08.2021

Type of course

The course cannot be taken as a single course.

Admission requirements

Prerequisite(s): Completed a sufficient number of courses in the pertaining program.

Course content

The master thesis project represents the conclusion of the master study, where the students gets an opportunity to apply the knowledge acquired in previous courses. The thesis assignment is formulated by the supervisor, individually or after discussion with the student and/or external participants. Campus Narvik offers a wide range of project assignments within relevant and pertinent topics, based on internal or external research activities, but the student may also suggest assignments based on their own interests or according to requests from the industry. The assignments may also be extensions of project works completed previously in the study, however with broadened problems. The project assignment may in general contain both theoretical and practical elements, such as mathematical modelling, system analysis, theoretical derivations and practical development. The project is individual, and the work should be performed at Campus Narvik. If the project assignment is formulated in collaboration with a specified company, it is possible for the student to work at the company for parts of the project. Guidelines for the master thesis project work are formulated by Campus Narvik.   

Objectives of the course

The goal of the master thesis project gives the student competence to carry out an individual project within a selected topic, relevant and pertinent to the master programme. The student will also acquire a broad knowledge of the topic through literature surveys of previous work within the field and related fields, and a profound knowledge through solving a specified problem. The final result of the project is a scientific report (thesis) with a presentation of the problem itself, the suggested solution, verification through simulations and/or experiments if applicable, and a discussion of employed techniques and the reults.

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Teaching methods

The master project is performed as an individual project, starting in medio November. In the fall, the students will have four scheduled weeks for the master project. In these projects, the students will receive some lectures on research methods, research ethics, project working principles, preparation of papers and report technicalities. In addition, the students will perform a litterature survey for their chosen assignment, which is to be finalized in a paper to be submitted to the supervisor in December.

If the litterature survey is approved by the supervisor, the students will continue their work on the master project from January (week 4), and finalize their work in a written report to be submitted in the end of June (final date to be defined). A refined version of the litterature survey should be included in the final report.


Project assignment
  • About the course
  • Campus: Narvik |
  • ECTS: 40
  • Course code: STE-3900