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Master thesis Mechanical and Structural Engineering and Materials Science MKOMAS

The master's thesis is an independent project in which you will apply the knowledge acquired during your studies for solving a given assignment or problem in mechanical or structural engineering. Students will show their skills, competence, abilities, creativity and critical thinking capabilities as becoming an engineer.

The assignment will normally be carried out during the last semester of the study program. At this stage, students will have acquired the relevant academic knowledge and competence needed for accomplishing a relevant assignments.

Course description for study year 2021-2022. Please note that changes may occur.

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Language of instruction

English, Norwegian

Offered by

Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Mechanical and Structural Engineering and Materials Science

Learning outcome

The master thesis is an individual project during which the candidate shows that he/she has the ability to independently make an in-depth study of a narrowly defined area. The project is concluded with a written report and will often on the basis of a relevant problem include an experimental part based on thorough theoretical studies.

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
Since the master theses are very different it is difficult to set up joint guidelines for project execution and reporting. Normally, the master thesis will result in a report. Each Department may have their own examples or requirements in their guidelines and you should agree with your advisor in advance how your project should be carried out and documented. At an overall level many reports will have a rather similar structure. First an introduction presenting the background of the thesis, its purpose and contents. Then there will be a presentation of relevant theory, existing methods and models relevant to the project, laboratory tests etc.  This will be followed by a presentation of the analyses/experiments/developments done and the results hereof. For non-experimental projects the results may include (further) development of principles, methods and models. A discussion of the results achieved should be included. How are the results achieved compared to existing theory, methods and models? What conclusions can be drawn? The description of the problem given will in many cases give you a hint as to how the contents should be organised. If you are working on several problems it may be a good idea to complete one problem complex with theory, results, discussions before you start on the next one.
Required prerequisite knowledge
The thesis is normally carried out in the spring semester. Refer to Regulations for Master's theses for requirements of studypoints to assign the master thesis.
Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Master Thesis 1/1 1 Semesters A - F

Regulations relating to studies and examinations at the University of Stavanger, § 2-10 section 4:A candidate will generally have one attempt at a performing examination or Bachelor's or Master's thesis.a) Upon application, a second attempt may be granted if a candidate wishes to improve their grade. In such cases, the candidate may not be permitted to revise a previously submitted response, but must write a new response on a new basisb) Upon application, a candidate who has not passed the bachelor's or master's thesis may be granted a second attempt. In such cases, a reworked version of the bachelor's or master's thesis may be submitted, or a completely new thesis may be submitted. This must then be submitted by the specified deadline and will count as a new exam attempt.c) The Dean himself shall issue supplementary regulations for the completion and supervision of Bachelor's and Master's theses.A bachelor´s or a master´s thesis not submitted in time will be graded Fail.Read more:

Course teacher(s)
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Course teacher: Jonas Odland
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Course teacher: Charlotte Obhrai
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Course coordinator: Katrine van Raaij
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Course coordinator: Vidar Folke Hansen
Course teacher: Samarakoon Mudiyansele Samindi Samarakoon
Course teacher: Dimitrios Pavlou
Course coordinator: Ove Tobias Gudmestad
Head of Department: Per Martin Skjerpe
Course teacher: Muk Chen Ong
Course teacher: Knut Erik Teigen Giljarhus
Course teacher: Ove Mikkelsen
Course teacher: Kenneth Alasdair Macdonald
Course coordinator: Jasna Bogunovic Jakobsen
Course teacher: Jasna Bogunovic Jakobsen
Course teacher: Torfinn Havn
Course teacher: Siri Margrethe Kalvig
Course teacher: Vidar Folke Hansen
Course coordinator: Conrad Carstensen
Coordinator laboratory exercises: Johan Andreas Håland Thorkaas
Course coordinator: Ivar Langen
Course coordinator: Kåre Bærheim
Course coordinator: Hirpa Gelgele Lemu
Course teacher: Samdar Kakay
Course teacher: Samdar Kakay
Course coordinator: Jayantha Prasanna Liyanage
Course coordinator: Tore Markeset
Course coordinator: Hirpa Gelgele Lemu
Course teacher: Chandima Ratnayake Ratnayake Mudiyanselage
Head of Department: Tor Henning Hemmingsen
Course teacher: Bjørn Helge Hjertager
Course coordinator: Mohsen Assadi
Course teacher: Per Martin Skjerpe
Method of work
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. Make a preliminary table of contents for the thesis. As your work progresses, the various chapters and part chapters will be filled with text. At the start the text will often be incomplete and take the form of key words. But be sure to write down all your ideas and thoughts as they come to your mind. Otherwise, good ideas may easily be forgotten. When working on a thesis, you may from time to time find yourself in a period of frustration where everything looks hopeless and where there is no progress. In such periods it is an advantage to be able to take out part chapters that are almost finished.
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