The course takes place in period

  • 3 (2022-01-01 to 2022-03-13)
  • 4 (2022-03-14 to 2022-07-31)


Professional studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The aim of the course is to start the thesis project by reviewing and
learning all critical areas relevant for work on the thesis.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is able to:

  • understand why the thesis is a crucial part of a master's degree
  • understand the key skills (not specific to the thesis topic) that a
    student will learn as a part of the thesis work
  • understand the structure of a master's thesis
  • understand differences between research methods, and how to
    solve a specific problem
  • understand the role of theory and previous research
  • find relevant previous literature
  • understand different ways to analyse empirical data
  • create a research plan for a thesis project
  • identify a research topic of interest either individually or together
    with the employer (or some other organization)
  • choose a relevant problem to be solved
  • formulate a clear aim for the research, and a research design
    that supports that aim and solves the problem at hand

Course contents

The course content consists of:

  • the role of the thesis in a master?s education
  • what is science, and how does it differ from an opinion?
  • master thesis structure
  • an introduction to research methodology
  • analysing empirical data
  • the role of theory and previous literature
  • how to find a relevant thesis topic
  • how to define a research problem and aim
  • how to plan the work
  • how to find relevant previous research and literature

Prerequisites and co-requisites

A bachelor degree and at least two years work
experience gained after completing the higher education degree.

Recommended or required reading

Selected articles and books.

Study activities

  • Lectures - 14 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 8 hours
  • Individual studies - 100 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 122 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 122 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

Essays, reports, productions and portfolio

Assessment requirements

The course grade (pass/fail) and credits will be awarded in two steps.
Three credits in the spring, based on an essay and a thesis draft. Two
credits are awarded in the autumn, after the first supervision sessions
with the thesis supervisor.


Nyman Henrik


Nyman Henrik

Group size

No limit (28 students enrolled)

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

Course enrolment period

2021-12-20 to 2022-01-12

Assessment methods

Date will be announced later - Reports and productions

Room reservations
Date Time Room Title Description Organizer
2022-03-16 16:30 - 20:00 D4109 Thesis Workshop Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 688 3470 5049 Nyman Henrik
2022-03-17 16:30 - 20:00 Thesis Workshop Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 679 5883 6024 Nyman Henrik
2022-05-19 16:30 - 20:00 D4109 Thesis Workshop Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 683 1659 9731 Nyman Henrik
2022-06-09 16:30 - 20:00 Thesis Workshop Nyman Henrik

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