spring 2021
STA-3740 Project paper in applied physics and mathematics - 10 ECTS

Last changed 09.02.2021

Type of course

Project paper reserved for students with admission to the Master's degree programme in applied physics and mathematics.

The course cannot be taken as a singular course.

Admission requirements

The project has to be approved by the Programme Board. Application for approval must be submitted to the Programme Board within a deadline, which is normally 1 September in the autumn semester and 1 February in the spring semester. Students apply by handing in a supervision contract along with a project description. Students must register to the exam as for ordinary courses.

Course content

The content of the project paper will depend on the planned profile of the Master's thesis, which normally is to be carried out in the following semester.

Objectives of the course

Knowledge - The candidate can:

  • develop and carry out a research project in statistics or natural science
  • develop relevant and realistic research questions
  • use theories that are relevant to their individual project
  • use statistical and mathematical methods that are adequate for the individual project
  • discuss and report the results of the study in a scientific way in relation to existing literature in the field

Skills - The candidate can:

  • model, evaluate and analyse real and/or simulated data
  • evaluate and analyse theories, methods and experiments that are published in literature
  • work independently with practical and theoretical problem solutions

General expertise - The candidate can:

  • display good communication skills in writing and presentation of scientific work, both for a general public and for specialists in the field
  • follow the code of ethics and rules of conduct in scientific work

Language of instruction

The language of instruction is English. The project paper is written in English or a Scandinavian language.

Teaching methods

Individual guidance and supervision according to agreement and of one semester duration. Maximum workload for the supervisor is 8 hours, you will receive supervision within these limits.


The exam is comprised of submission of the project paper within a given deadline. The deadline for submission is normally 1 June in the spring semester and 15 December autumn semester.

Grading scale: "Pass" / "Fail".

Re-sit exam: Only if a project paper is graded "Fail", may the paper be resubmitted in revised form. A new deadline for submission will be given. The new deadline for the project paper is 4 weeks from the point in time when the candidate was informed about the exam result. If the project paper receives the grade "Fail" a second time, the student can apply to the Programme Board for a new project.

Postponed submission: If a medical certificate is provided, the student may be given a postponed deadline for submitting the project paper according to regulations in section 21 of Regulations for examinations at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. If there are compelling grounds for postponed submission, the student can apply for up to a 4 weeks extension of the submission deadline. The Programme Board will approve or reject the application.

Non-submission of project paper: If a project paper is not submitted within the given deadline and an application for postponement has not been granted, the project paper will be reported as not being submitted ("Ikke møtt"). Also, if the candidate submits a blank answer paper, or a paper which clearly does not constitute an academic attempt, she/he is also regarded as having withdrawn from the examination ("Ikke møtt"). The student can then apply to the Programme Board for a new project.

For further information, see: - Utfyllende Utfyllende bestemmelser for prosjektoppgaver og spesialpensum ved NT-fak (only in Norwegian) - Regulations for examinations at the University of Tromsø


  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: STA-3740