autumn 2024
STE-3900 Master thesis - 40 ECTS

Type of course

The course cannot be taken as a single course.

Prerequisite(s): Completed a sufficient number of courses in the pertaining program.

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 is individual, 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 Campus 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, verification through simulations and/or experiments if applicable, and a discussion of employed techniques and the results. In addition demonstrating awareness of the consequences of the topic and the result for individuals, society and the environment and insight into sustainability assessments that are relevant to the project.

Language of instruction and examination


Teaching methods

The master project is performed as an individual project, starting in the middle of November. In the fall, the students will have four scheduled weeks for the master project. In these projects, the students will receive some lectures on research methods, research ethics, project working principles, preparation of papers and report technicalities. In addition, the students will perform a literature survey for their chosen assignment, which is to be finalized in a paper to be submitted to the supervisor in December.

If the literature survey is approved by the supervisor, the students will continue their work on the master project from January (week 4), and finalize their work in a written report to be submitted in the end of June (final date to be defined). A refined version of the literature survey should be included in the final report.



Examination: Grade scale:
Assignment A–E, fail F
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More info about the assignment

In this course the candidate will write a thesis detailing the chosen topic and their contribution. The submission of the thesis is done through WiseFlow together with relevant support material as an appendix. This thesis will form the basis for the complete assessment for the course.

The thesis must be the students individual work and any use of existing literature must be referenced properly such that the student's own contribution is clearly distinguishable from existing literature. This also applies to tools, source code and support material that may have been fully or partially developed through the project.

Re-sit examination

There will not be arranged a re-sit exam for this course.
  • About the course
  • Campus: Narvik |
  • ECTS: 40
  • Course code: STE-3900
  • Earlier years and semesters for this topic