Purpose and Intended Learning Outcomes of a Master Thesis
The purpose of a thesis is to enable the student to develop deeper knowledge, understanding, capabilities and attitudes in the context of the programme of study. The thesis should be written at the end of the programme and offers the opportunity to delve more deeply into and synthesise knowledge acquired in previous studies. A thesis for a Master of Science in Engineering/Architecture or Master of Science programmes should place emphasis on the technical/scientific/artistic aspects of the subject matter.
The overall goal of the thesis is for the student to display the knowledge and capability required for independent work as a Master of Science in Engineering/Architecture/Master of Science.
The learning objectives for a thesis are based on the objectives for Master of Science in Engineering/Architecture/Master of Science degrees formulated in Chalmers’ local Master’s degree procedures. (Doc. no. C2007/723). Specific learning outcomes for a Master’s thesis are for the student to demonstrate:
• Considerably more in-depth knowledge of the major subject/field of study, including deeper insight into current research and development work.
• Deeper knowledge of methods in the major subject/field of study.
• A capability to contribute to research and development work.
• The capability to use a holistic view to critically, independently and creatively identify, formulate and deal with complex issues.
• The capability to plan and use adequate methods to conduct qualified tasks in given frameworks and to evaluate this work.
• The capability to create, analyse and critically evaluate different technical/architectural solutions.
• The capability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge.
• The capability to clearly present and discuss the conclusions as well as the knowledge and arguments that form the basis for these findings in written and spoken English.
• The capability to identify the issues that must be addressed within the framework of the specific thesis in order to take into consideration all relevant dimensions of sustainable development.
• A consciousness of the ethical aspects of research and development work.
The same formulated learning objectives apply for theses encompassing 30 and 60 Higher education credits (Hec). However, a Master’s thesis for a 60 Hec course must be considerably more ambitious with respect to the scientific level or technical/architectural realisation. For example, the objective could be to author a scientific article as the result of the research or to further develop a technical solution for mass production and market introduction. Objectives for work in the field of architecture might include artistic development or a realisable architectural project.