Dette er studietilbudet for studieår 2019-2020. Endringer kan komme.

The master's thesis is an independent project in which you will apply the knowledge acquired during your studies on solving a chosen assignment. It is through this assignment that you will show your abilities and qualities as a coming engineer. The assignment will normally be carried out during the last semester of your studies. At this stage you will have acquired the knowledge and know-how needed for accomplishing a relevant assignment in your studies.

Learning outcome

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, practical work, reporting. The content will vary depending on the specific thesis topic.

Required prerequisite knowledge

Refering to Thesis Regulations regarding requisites of passed credits before the thesis work may commence.


Weight Duration Marks Aid
Thesis1/1 A - F
A bachelor's or master's thesis can normally be submitted only once, cf. Regulations for Examinations at the University of Stavanger, § 7.1. The dean can allow one more attempt if a student wants to improve her/his grade. The student(s) must then write a new thesis on a new topic.
A bachelor's or master's thesis that has been graded Fail, can only be submitted again once in a revised form. It must be handed in within the deadline and counts as a second sitting for examination, cf. Regulations for Examinations at the University of Stavanger, § 8.2g. A bachelor's or a master's thesis not submitted in time will be graded Fail.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Roald Kommedal
Andrea Bagi, Gunn Solheim, Hong Lin, Liv Margareth Aksland
Course teacher
Krista Michelle Kaster, Daniela Maria Pampanin, Einar Bakstad, Magne Olav Sydnes, Steinar Sanni, Malcolm Andrew Kelland, Kåre Bredeli Jørgensen, Leif Ydstebø, Torleiv Bilstad
Programme coordinator
Eli Drange Vee
Head of Department
Gro Johnsen

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 as early as possible .

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Master Thesis in Environmental Technology (METMAS_1) 30

Open to

Environmental Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme


Curriculum is covered by special literature, papers and advanced teaching books, and is dependent on the thesis title. All literature used must be listed as references. References are lists of the books, articles, manuals etc. that are referred to in the report. It is important that it is made clear in the report which parts are your contributions and which parts have been taken from other sources. If you reproduce text from e.g. an article the reader must be informed hereof. Wordings such as " this paragraph has to a great extent been taken from ", " this paragraph was inspired by " can be used to give the best possible 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. Infomation about the publisher

Dette er studietilbudet for studieår 2019-2020. Endringer kan komme.

Sist oppdatert: 16.06.2019