Steps to register to the master’s thesis spring term of 2021

Here you will find the steps to register to the master’s thesis, as well as all the preliminary dates for the master’s thesis term 2021. The registration process will be done online only. 

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 Kovács: 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 and handed-in through the course Canvas page.

1. By participating in the course ARK641 you automatically have confirmed that you will do the masters thesis. If you will not continue please send Maja an email.

2. 9th of December, deadline 18.00 o’clock, upload the project plan and registration form. We have created a Canvas page called “Registration: Master's thesis in Architecture 2021” and on this page you will upload both your registration form and project plan to a folder with your chosen direction. 

3. On the Canvas page, “Registration: Master's thesis in Architecture 2021”, you can also find the registration form. We have created a specific form for Architecture, please do not use the general registration form used at Chalmers. 

4. You will be added to the Canvas page, “Registration: Master's thesis in Architecture 2021, ay the latest on the 30th of November. You will get an invitation and confirmation form Maja Kovács. If for some reason you do not get access, please contact Maja. 

5. 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. 

6. After the registration form and project plan has been up-loaded our student administrator´s will cross-check the students course credits and Maja Kovács might contact the student if she 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 confirmation with your registration form. If you know you are at the limit of credits, you can submit a letter confirming the missing credits that you will take. 

7. 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.

8. After the registration form has been signed the school makes sure it is submitted to further registration.  

9. Instead of an exhibition with the project plans at school, we will arrange a digital exhibition as a starting point for the master’s thesis term. More information will come further on. 


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 2021, also ad in what direction and if you will do the thesis in cooperation with another student, to Maja Kovács, deadline the 3rd of December

2. The master’s thesis has 10 directions and the thesis can only be done with in and in alignment with a direction. You can find the directions here

3. You can’t receive tutoring, but you are welcome to contact the direction and discuss your idea for a master’s thesis. If that is not possible or you feel confused, contact Maja.

4. 11th of December, deadline 18.00 o’clock, upload the project plan and registration form. We have created a Canvas page called “Registration: Master's thesis in Architecture 2021” and on this page you will upload both your registration form and project plan to a folder with your chosen direction. 

5. On the Canvas page, “Registration: Master's thesis in Architecture 2021”, you can also find the registration form. We have created a specific form for Architecture, please do not use the general registration form used at Chalmers. 

6. You will be added to the course webpage as soon as you confirm that you are doing a master’s thesis to Maja. (The page will open on the 30th of November). You will get an invitation and confirmation form Maja that you have been added. If for some reason you do not get access, please contact Maja. 

7. Below you can find a general description of what a project plan should contain. Please cross-check with your direction for further information regarding content. 

8. After the registration form and project plan has been up-loaded our student administrator´s will cross-check the students course credits and Maja Kovács might contact the student if she 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 confirmation with your registration form. If you know you are at the limit of credits, you can submit a letter confirming the missing credits that you will take. 

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. After the registration form has been signed the school makes sure it is submitted to further registration.  

11. Instead of an exhibition with the project plans at school, we will arrange a digital exhibition as a starting point for the master’s thesis term. More information will come further on. 

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: 

  • Introduction meeting: 18th of Jan, between 10-12 
  • Start-up meeting with direction, 18th or 19th of Jan
  • Pre-mid-term information meeting: 4th of March, between 10-12
  • Mid-term seminar: 22nd-26th of March
  • Pre-Final/Open Seminar information meeting: 19th of April, between 10-12
  • Booklet Hand-In: Monday 10th of May 
  • Final seminar: 18-20th of May
  • Open seminar and Exhibition: Open seminars are held 31st of May-3rd of June. Closing and celebratory ceremony on the 3rd of June. 
  • Final hand-in: 4th of June 

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.)

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