Steps to register to the master’s thesis spring term of 2020

Here you will find the steps to register to the master’s thesis, as well as all the dates for the master’s thesis term 2020. 

In order to start work on the thesis, students on the Engineering/Architecture programmes must have earned at least 225 credits on the programme. Students who have only been enrolled on the master’s programme must have earned at least 45 credits within the programme. 

If you have any questions, please contact Maja Kovacs: 0703088491 or maja.kovacs@chalmers.se​ 

If you are taking the preparation course ARK641, please take the following steps: 

(Note that this is NOT the deliverance for the course ARK641, that is defined by your course leader) 

1. 27 November, deadline 18.00, deliver a paper version of the project plan and a registration form, in a folder named by your direction, in the reception on the 3rd floor, and up-load the project plan to Canvas under the folder Final Submission and registration. Make sure you upload to the right folder. The signature by the examiner and MPA will be handled by the school afterwards. 


3. The content of the project plan has been outlined by the direction. If you are changing direction you must contact Maja Kovács and the new direction. 

4. Our student administrators will cross-check the students course credits and might contact the student if she or he can’t see the correct amount of credits. If you know that you are applying for a credit transferal from another school, you can submit a letter from Anna Knutsson confirming that the transfer will go through. If you know you are at the limit of credits, you can submit a letter conforming the missing credits that you will take. This terms credits will of course be included, and we will check that you have passed in the start of next term. 

5. An examiner will be assigned to the student, within the direction, and the form will be signed by the examiner and MPA. The examiner will evaluate if you have enough material to start your master’s thesis. The examiner might have to take a follow-up meeting with the student if she or he does not perceive that the material is sufficient or matches the direction.

6. On the 16th of December you will pick up a signed registration form, that will be put back in the direction folder on the 3:rd floor, and thereafter you need to scan and email the completed form to thesisregistration@chalmers.se. If you can’t pick up the form, you need to contact Maja Kovács. After this process you will be registered to the master thesis term. 

7. 13 January, deadline 10.00, leave a paper version of the project plan in the reception on the 3rd floor, in a folder called Exhibition. The project plan will the same day be displayed in an exhibition on the light yard between the 13th to the 27th of January. 


If you are NOT taking the preparation course ARK641, please take the following steps: 


1. Send in a confirmation that you will do the master’s thesis during the spring term 2020, and in what direction to Maja Kovacs, deadline the 27th of November


3. Contact the direction and discuss your idea for a master’s thesis. If that is note possible, contact Maja Kovács. 

4. 11th of December, deadline 18.00, deliver a paper version of the project plan and a registration form in a folder, named by your direction, in the reception on the 3rd floor. Make sure you upload to the right folder. The signature by the examiner and MPA will be handled by the school. 


6. The content of the project plan is outlined by the direction. Further down in the document you can find a general description of what it should contain. 

8. Our student administrators will cross-check the students course credits and might contact the student if she or he can’t see the correct amount of credits. If you know that you are applying for a credit transferal from another school, you can submit a letter from Anna Knutsson confirming that the transfer will go through. If you know you are at the limit of credits, you can submit a letter conforming the missing credits that you will take. This terms credits will of course be included, and we will check that you have passed in the start of next term. 

9. An examiner will be assigned to the student, within the direction, and the form will be signed by the examiner and MPA. The examiner will evaluate if you have enough material to start your master’s thesis. The examiner might have to take a follow-up meeting with the student if she or he does not perceive that the material is sufficient or matches the direction.

10. The school will send the registration form to the registration office.  After this process you will be registered to the master thesis term. 

11. 13 January, deadline 10.00, leave a paper version of the project plan in the reception on the 3rd floor, in a folder called Exhibition. The project plan will the same day be displayed in an exhibition on the light yard between the 13th to the 27th of January. 

The master’s thesis semester  

A course PM will be sent out and published on canvas in the beginning of January. During the master’s thesis semester, you will have a tutor and an examiner. They will send you an email and invite you to a start-up meeting and plan the up-coming term. The general process of the semester is that there will be a start-up meeting in the first week, a mid-term seminar, a final seminar and an open presentation and exhibition.  Between the different events during the semester you will have consultation meetings with your tutor, and three general information meetings. 

Preliminary dates for the general process: 

Exhibition with all the project plans: 13-27 of January in the light yard
Introduction meeting, all students: 20/1 kl 10-12, SB-H2, all students
Start-up meeting with direction: 20-21/1, an email will be sent out
Pre Mid Term Info meeting, all students: 5/3 kl 10-12, SB-H7
Mid Term Seminar, 24-26/3
Pre Final + Open Seminar Info meeting, all students: 20/4 kl 10-12, SB-H2
Final Seminar: 18-20/5
Open Seminar + Exhibition: 1-4/6 
Final deliverance: 16/6 

Content project plan (only for the students NOT taking the prep course) 

The content of the project plan is defined by the direction. If you are taking the prep course ARK641 you will get the content from your direction. If you are not in the prep course you can contact the direction or be guided by the questions below: 

Abstract? (Create a short description of your idea by answering the following questions: The purpose is.. This is important because... This is for.... You will discover... 
What is the title of your MT? 
What would be the purpose/subject of your MT? (Describe the major subject/field of the study: its scale, focus and issues that will be addressed? What is the discussion in the field surrounding your focus today? How can you connect to that? Choose and state reasons for selecting the MT project, is there a story behind?) 
MPDSD SPECIFIC: (What is the relevance of your purpose/topic to design for sustainable development? NOTE that all MT at Chalmers should address these issues in some way.) 
What questions do you want to work on, ask and answer? (What major question should be raised. Investigate and state why this MT subject/field needs to be studied, and what essential problems, gaps, issues are to be discussed and developed further. and what may be the expected outcomes) 
State the background (Describe the background to the investigation. For whom would this material be relevant and why is this subject relevant now? 
The aim (What could be the result or outcomes of this MT) 
What are the theoretical and practical references? (Investigate, collect ideas and give few examples how the MT project may use essential in-depth knowledge of the major subject/field of study and, in a scientifically correct way, but also how it may relate to current research and projects. Discuss the references’ and create a list.) 
What are the delimitations? (What will you NOT cover in this MT?) 
What typology of MT would be relevant? (R on D, R for D or R by D? What will be the result of your master’s thesis? The design work might range from application in the form of a building or urban design proposal to speculative studies, scenarios and/or prototypes. On what specific place, object, situation, person is it relevant to prove or show this? 
What will be the chosen method/methods? (Investigate, choose and state in relation to previous steps what it will be needed to move on with your work; what kind of material needs to be explored and studied, what knowledge needs to be gathered and actors need to be involved in your MT process, etc., what tools can be used in relevance to the field of your study, the topic, focus, and research questions and what kind of ways/methods are to be carried to obtain optimum results of your work) 
What type of case/ project/subject would be relevant? (In what way do you test your idea? What is the context of the project/case/subject? What kind of studies and research needs to be done to place a project within its context?) 
What are relevant ways, structure and logic to develop your MT? (Investigate and develop different scenarios how the MT can look and be developed in the end) 
Why you? (Are you showing your skills? Would you have fun doing this project? In what way are your experienced to do this project? How does the topic connect to your portfolio and education? Shortly describe your portfolio and education. How are you challenging yourself to lift your skills and knowledge?) 
Process (Create a time plan of what, how and when?) 
Reference system (Use APA to reference your statements. All the statements should refer to if it’s your thoughts or a reference. You should cite the image source in direct connection to the image and define what the image is showing.)

Published: Wed 20 Nov 2019.