Engineering THesis Project
Q1+Q2, Q3+Q4, 30 ECTS
Aims and Progress
The Master’s degree programme is concluded with a thesis amounting to 30 ECTS credits. For the Master’s thesis, the student works independently on an academic issue, on completion of which the graduate can:
- identify, define and formulate an academic issue on a scientific basis.
- define and present testable hypotheses within a subject-related topic.
- independently plan and complete a major academic project using the subject’s scientific methodology.
- analyse, critically discuss and put into perspective an academic issue.
- assess, critically analyse and summarise the scientific literature within a defined topic area.
- relay academic results objectively and concisely to a scientific audience.
The thesis is concluded with the student preparing a thesis report that covers the work carried out in connection with the thesis. It is possible to complete the thesis in a group, subject to the agreement of the main supervisor. If the thesis is completed in a group, the thesis report must state which consecutive parts each individual student is responsible for.
The main supervisor is responsible for making sure that the approved thesis can be completed within the agreed time. The contract is signed by the student and the main supervisor and submitted to the Director of Studies or deputy, who must approve the statement of the task, the supervision plan and the deadline for submission. This deadline can only be changed if unusual circumstances arise that affect the student. If the deadline for submitting the thesis is exceeded, the student is registered as having attempted an examination.
In all semesters (mid semester) there will be a meeting, where the general outline for the thesis work will be presented. You will be notified by e-mail. It is recommended to joint the semester before you should do your thesis work. If you are about to start your thesis work (Electrical and Computer Engineering students only) next semester you are invited to an information meeting. The meeting this sprng will take place Wendesday 29. October 2015, from 13.15 to 14.30 in room 424E (Finlandsgade 22, 8200 Aarhus N). The slides from last meeting can be found here.
How to participate
You must fill out and hand in the Master Thesis Contract before you start your thesis work.
During the period in which students write their thesis, students are affiliated with a main supervisor appointed by the Department of Engineering. All academic staff with permanent appointments at DoE can act as main supervisors. Students can be affiliated with a project supervisor in addition to the main supervisor. The project supervisor can be a member of the academic staff at Aarhus University, another public sector research institution or a private sector research institution/company. In such circumstances, an agreement is drawn up in which the distribution of work between the two supervisors is specified in such a way that the main supervisor ensures that the thesis complies with the applicable norms for theses carried out at DoE. The main supervisor has the formal responsibility for providing academic guidance for the student during the course of writing the thesis, and must take part in the final examination.
Handing in The Thesis Report
The theis report is submitted for assessment and is included in the thesis examination. As a general rule, the thesis report must be prepared in Danish or English. In all cases, an English summary must be included. The title of the thesis must appear in Danish and English in preparation for the Master’s degree diploma, which is issued in Danish and English.
On the Studie portal you can see where to hand in the thesis work.
You must hand in:
1 copy pr. supervisor.
1 copy for the external examinor
1 copy for the library at Aarhus University
1 electronic copy on CD-ROM or DVD for Department of Engineering, Aarhus University
This theis report is submitted for assessment and is included in the thesis examination. As a general rule, the thesis report must be prepared in Danish or English. In all cases, an English summary must be included. The title of the thesis must appear in Danish and English in preparation for the Master’s degree diploma, which is issued in Danish and English.
The thesis is concluded with an individual examination after submission of the thesis report. The thesis examination consists of a lecture within a selected topic associated with the subject area of the thesis, followed by an oral examination within the topic area of the thesis. The subject of the lecture is agreed between the main supervisor, the project supervisor, if applicable, and the external examiner, and is submitted to the student seven days prior to the examination (contact "studiekontoret @ IHA"). The oral examination must be based on the prepared thesis report, as well as the lecture. One hour is set aside for the thesis examination, divided into 30 minutes for each of the two parts of the examination. The topic area of the thesis is restricted to the literature used, as stated in the reference list for the thesis report or the answer to the thesis assignment.
One single combined mark is awarded in accordance with the Danish 7-point grading scale for the thesis report, lecture and subsequent oral examination. The student’s written expression skills must be included in the assessment. An external censor participates in the examination.
The title of the thesis appears in Danish and English on the Master’s degree diploma. The thesis examination must take place at Aarhus University.
Further details can be found in the studieordningen found here