This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

The master thesis is an independent project in which you will apply the knowledge acquired during your studies on solving a given assignment.
The assignment will normally be carried out during the last semester of your studies, except the master's thesis of 60 ECTS that run over two semesters. At this stage you will have acquired the knowledge and know-how needed for accomplishing a relevant assignment in your studies.

Learning outcome

Through the work with the master thesis the student shall gain experience with a research project where methods from mathematical, physical and/or statistical modelling is applied. After completing the thesis, the student shall be able to:
  • Demonstrate insight in and understanding of a specific subject.
  • Use mathemathical and physical methods to formulate and analyze a relevant scientific and/or technical problem.
  • Perform a literature search and write a scientific report.
  • Understand and obey the ethical standards for scientific work.
  • Present and convey the content of an independent scientific investigation, using the scientific terminology of the field in question.

General Competence
A candidate who has completed and passed his or her master thesis has acquired the following learning outcomes:
  • is able to present and communicate extensive independent work
  • can describe the problem clearly and masters the terms and expressions within the academic field
  • has acquired an overview of relevant international literature, scientific reporting and ethical standards in the field, and manages to deal critically with various sources of information
  • is able to analyse relevant theoretical models and/or studies supported by scientific research
  • masters analysis of relevant scholarly tools and techniques
  • is able to give an account of the academic problem and analyse results and independent conclusions according to the problem
  • is able to reflect upon and evaluate his/her own work in a critical manner
  • is able to defend high moral standards in scientific, as well as other, context, thus being a good role model


Literature work and work with the individual curriculum, modelling and simulations. The content will vary depending on the theme for the thesis work. Choice of project topic subject to availability of suitable supervisers.

Required prerequisite knowledge

FYS500 Classical Mechanics, MAT500 Mathematical Modelling, STA510 Statistical modeling and simulation
In addition it is referred to regulations for master studies with 60 ECTS thesis, including requisites for passed exams before the thesis work can start.


Weight Duration Marks Aid
Thesis1/1 A - FNone permitted

Course teacher(s)

Course teacher
Helge Bøvik Larsen , Eva Rauls , Tyson Ritter , Martin Gunnar Gulbrandsen , Pavel Gumenyuk , Michal Jakub Kapustka , Paul Francis de Medeiros , Diana Lucia Quintero Castro , Tomas Brauner , Sigbjørn Hervik , Alexander Rashkovskii , Alexander Ulanovskii , Gunnar Thorkildsen , Jan Terje Kvaløy , Per Amund Amundsen , Bjørn Henrik Auestad
Course coordinator
Tore Selland Kleppe , Anders Tranberg
Head of Department
Bjørn Henrik Auestad

Method of work

Independent work with literature Individual supervision in practical work and in writing reports. It is important both to the student and the advisor that a good cooperation routine is established during the execution of the project. This may e.g. take the form of regular meetings in which the student will present and discuss his/her work as it develops. Preferably the student should have written something that can form the basis of the conversation/discussion with the advisor. It is an advantage to start writing the thesis at the earliest possible stage.

Open to

Mathematics and Physics - Master of Science Degree Programme


Depends on the type of project. However, all literature used to solve the problem must be listed as references. References are lists of all the books, articles, manuals etc. that are referred to in the report. It is important to make it clear in the report which parts are your contribution and which parts have been taken from other sources. If you reproduce text from e.g. an article, the reader must be informed about this. Wordings such as: "this paragraph has to a great extent been taken from", "this paragraph was inspired by ." can be used to give the most correct description of the actual situation. If you quote sentences, the source must be stated clearly. Make a note of sources as you go along. It will often be difficult to find them afterwards. Each reference must include the following three elements: 1) The name of the writer. 2) The title of the book/article/etc. 3) Information about the publisher

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

Sist oppdatert: 24.06.2019