spring 2022
END-3900 Master Thesis - M-ID - 30 ECTS

Last changed 24.08.2022

Type of course

The course cannot be taken as a single course.

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 can be individual or group work, 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 the master's Degree Programme - Engineering Design at UiT 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 and a discussion of employed techniques and the results. 

After passing the course, students will have the following learning outcomes:Knowledge and understanding:

After completing the course, the student:

  • has advanced knowledge within the academic field of some mathematics, physics and engineering and specialized insight in a limited area within the field of engineering design (K1)
  • has some knowledge within the academic field of mathematics, physics and engineering and specialized insight in a limited area within the field of engineering design (K1)
  • has some knowledge of different theories and methods in the field of engineering design (K2)
  • can apply some knowledge to new areas within the academic field of numerical and analytical calculations, computations, materials, systematic design process, computational methods, engineering design (K3)
  • can analyze academic some problems on the basis of the history, traditions, distinctive character and place in society of the academic field in engineering (K4)


After completing the course, the candidate:

  • can analyze and deal critically with information and use them to structure and formulate scholarly arguments (S1)
  • can analyze existing theories, and interpretations in the field of engineering design and work independently on practical and theoretical problems (S2)
  • can use relevant methods in engineering design for research and scholarly in an independent manner (S3)
  • can carry out an independent, limited research or development project under supervision and in accordance with applicable norms for research ethics (S4)


After completing the course, the candidate:

  • can analyze relevant academic, professional and research ethical problems (GC1)
  • can apply the knowledge and skills within engineering design in new areas in order to carry out advanced assignments and projects (GC2)
  • can communicate extensive independent work and masters language and some terminology of the academic field of engineering design (GC3)
  • can communicate about academic issues, analyses and conclusions in the field of engineering design, both with specialists and the general public (GC4)
  • can contribute to new thinking and innovation processes (GC5)

As the topic of the master thesis is not the same for each task, some of "Learning outcomes, skills and attitudes" points mentioned above will not necessarily be fulfilled. Thus, the learning outcome is somewhat dependent on the topic of the master thesis.  

Language of instruction and examination

The master thesis can be written in Norwegian or English but this point must be clarified during the master thesis kick start.

Teaching methods

Project run by the students under guidance by one or more supervisors.


Eksamen og vurdering

Individual or group project work.

  • The work is initiated through suggestions of possible topics given by the scientific staff. The students are also strongly encouraged to discuss possible alternatives within these suggestions with the relevant professors. 
  • It is normally required that actual topics are related to one or more of the subjects included in the study program or the staff’s on-going research work.
  • Each student (or student group) will have one or more supervisors through the whole working period, but once the project assignment is given the students are responsible to manage the project themselves.
  • During the first three weeks it is normally required that the students prepare a pre-study report including an analysis of the assignment, definitions of activities and work packages and a time schedule. The plan should also include milestones and agreed progress meetings with the supervisor(s) and, when relevant, the contact person from the external company.

The final report with enclosures will be assessed as a whole based on its scientific contribution. The assessment will usually focus on the following criteria: Accomplishment in accordance with the pre-defined assignment, academic with regard to data collection, methodology, data processing, data utilization, comments, conclusions, independency, originality; structure, outline, editing, context; style of writing, orthography; illustrations; documentation (sources, citations, references); complexity.

The grades are based on the ECTS-system: A (excellent), B (very good), C (good), D (satisfactory), E (sufficient) and F (fail).

There will not be arranged a re-sit exam for this course. 


  • About the course
  • Campus: Narvik |
  • ECTS: 30
  • Course code: END-3900
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