Master Thesis in City and Regional Planning (BYGMAS)

The master thesis is an independent project in which the knowledge and skills acquired during the studies is applied on solving a given assignment.

Course description for study year 2022-2023


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Credits (ECTS)


Semester tution start

Spring, Autumn

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Language of instruction

English, Norwegian


The master thesis is an independent project in which the knowledge and skills acquired during the studies is applied on solving a given assignment. It is through this assignment that the knowledge, skilles, abilities and competences as a future city and regional planner are demonstrated.

The assignment is normally 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 the knowledge and know-how needed for accomplishing a relevant assignment in the field of studies is prerequisite.

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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 defined problem. With the help of theory, research methods, data collection and anlysis, as well as design skills, the student produces a project within city and regional planning, urban development or urban design. The project is concluded with a written report and/or graphic presentations of the submitted project. Physical and computer-based models can be part of the presentation.

A candidate who has completed and passed a master thesis should have:

  • an overview of relevant international literature, scientific reporting and ethical standards in the field, and manages to deal critically with various sources of information
  • the ability to reflect upon and evaluate existing theory and own work in a critical manner

A candidate who has completed and passed a master thesis should be able to:

  • present and communicate extensive independent work
  • describe the problem clearly and masters the terms and expressions within the academic field
  • analyse relevant theoretical models and/or studies supported by scientific research - masters analysis of relevant scholarly tools and techniques

A candidate who has completed and passed a master thesis should have general competance in:

  • giving an account of the academic problem and analyse results and independent conclusions according to the problem
  • critically evaluating the content of research literature and referring to sources according to research ethical standards
  • defending high moral standards in scientific, as well as other, context, thus being a good role model

Required prerequisite knowledge

Refer to Regulations for Master's theses for requirements of study points to assign the master thesis.


Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Thesis 1/1 4.5 Months Letter grades

Regulations relating to studies and examinations at the University of Stavanger, §3-10 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: in this subject may consist of a report, posters, models and/or a public presentation.

Course teacher(s)

Course teacher:

Cristian Tosa

Course teacher:

Tegg Westbrook

Course teacher:

David Chapman

Course coordinator:

Daniela Müller-Eie

Course teacher:

Harald Nils Røstvik

Head of Department:

Tore Markeset

Method of work

The faculty will help to develop a proposal for the master thesis, provide tutors and if applicable external contacts. The students themselves should actively formulate research problems together with the tutor. It is important both to the student and the advisor that a good collaboration is established. Relevant institutions for collaboration are public institutions or private companies that work with physical planning. The students can establish contact or get acces through the thesis portal.

Tutorials may be individual, colloquial or seminars. The work with the master's thesis counts as 30ECTS which roughly accounts for 5 months full-time work. Submission of the master thesis can include a public presentation.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Master thesis in urban development and design (MBUMAS_1) 30

Open for

City and Regional Planning - Master of Science City and Regional Planning - Master of Science Degree Programme, Five Years


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