MMO5017 Master thesis
Course description for academic year 2023/2024
Contents and structure
The master thesis is a scientific work in which the student documents insight into research and development work, relevant theory and methods relevant for the problem examined in the thesis. Based on the students profile choice the subject will provide the student with the ability to deepen their knowledge about a specific topic within the maritime field.
Through the independent work the students shall develop their analytical abilities and achieve a deeper understanding of theoretical and/or empirical possibilities and challenges within the chosen field of study.
The work on the master thesis is to be carried out in accordance with ethical guidelines for research and rules and regulations at the partner institutions. In total, the master thesis will document understanding, reflection and maturity.
The master's thesis will include:
- academic and scientific theory positioning of the problem area and issue
- justification of the theory and method selection
- implementation of a research project in the chosen practice field
- presentation, analysis and discussion of results
The master's theses can be written by a single student or in groups of 2 students. Master's thesis written by 2 students must correspond to 60 ECTS.
- Has knowledge of key directions within scientific theory
- Has knowledge of key research methods within maritime research
- Has insight into what scientific knowledge is and how this is developed
- Has practical and theoretical knowledge of the phases of a research project
- Has knowledge of applicable norms for research ethics
- Is able to develop a research design and do theoretical and/or empirical analyses on own or existing material
- Can analyze and critically assess different sources of information
- Can reflect on research ethics and related issues
- Can formulate research questions and relate these to different methods
- Is able to use software for analysis of qualitative and quantitative data
- Can carry out an independent, limited research project under supervision and in accordance with applicable norms for research ethics
- General competence
- Can reflect on and critically assess own and other people¿s work
- Can communicate extensive independent work and masters language and terminology of both the academic and maritime field
- Can analyze problems related to the profession, academia and research ethics
- Can discuss own and other¿s work with both specialists and the general public
- Is able to evaluate the quality of existing research literature
- Can use the knowledge and skills achieved through the work on the master¿s thesis on future research projects
The students must have completed the MMO5001 Philosophy of Science, Research Design and Methods course (or equivalent), and completed a minimum of 45 ECTS Credits within the study programme
Recommended previous knowledge
Builds on previous courses within the study programme.
The master's thesis is an independent subject closely connected to the previous subject in the course of study and will be carried out with supervision. A research proposal will be signed by the student and the supervisor (s) when the proposal is approved by the supervisor (s). The student is responsible for seeking supervision in accordance with the agreed plan. It may be relevant for students to associate the work on the master's thesis with ongoing R&D work at the institution or problems from the maritime industry.
Compulsory learning activities
A research proposal with description of theme, progress plan and preliminary problem must be approved by the supervisor within a specified deadline.
Master thesis, 100/100
Examination support material
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