Master's thesis in Industrial Asset Management (IAMMAS)

The master thesis is an independent student project within the field of Industrial asset management in which students can demonstrate their abilities to apply the knowledge acquired during their studies on solving a given project assignment, and their abilities to define, perform, and to deliver solutions to issues and challenges in the real practical world to become an engineer. The assignment will normally be carried out during the last semester of studies.

Course description for study year 2024-2025


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Spring, Autumn

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Master theses projects can be very different from each other. Normally, the master thesis work result in a final project report. Since different departments may have their own requirements, it is advisable to take contact with the advisor in advance about the Masters project. At an overall level many Master thesis 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 analyses / experiments / developments done as a part of the project work, and the results thereof. For non-experimental projects the results may include (further) development of principles, methods, models, or specific reccommendations. A discussion of the results achieved would be useful towards the end, for instance covering; how the results achieved can be compared to existing theory, methods and models ? what specific conclusions can be drawn to improve current situations or practices ?, etc. The description of the problem or objective will in many cases can give an early hint as to how the contents should be organised.

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

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 4.5 Months Letter grades All

The thesis can be carried out individually or in pairs.For rules, important deadlines and information about thesis writing, see our website Thesis writing at Faculty of Science and Technology | University of Stavanger ( note that the main rule is that a candidate has only one attempt at the thesis. See Regulations relating to studies and examinations at the University of Stavanger ยง3-10 Number of attempts, item 4. The deadline for withdrawn is April 1.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Jayantha Prasanna Liyanage

Course teacher:

Jawad Raza

Course teacher:

Idriss El-Thalji

Course coordinator:

Idriss El-Thalji

Head of Department:

Mona Wetrhus Minde

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.

Open for

Industrial Asset Management - Master of Science Degree Programme

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


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