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Mechanical Engineering MA, Thesis Project II, 15 Credits

General data

Code: MT026A
Subject/Main field: Maskinteknik
Cycle: Second cycle
Credits: 15
Progressive specialization: A1F - Second cycle, has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
Answerable department: Department of Quality Technology and Management, Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics
Answerable faculty: Faculty of Science, Technology and Media
Date of change: 10/24/2017
Version valid from: 9/1/2017


The aim of the course is for the students to gain knowledge about the research process and its execution, simultaneously contributing to a research / development projects within a chosen area.

Course objectives

On successful completion of the course the student should be able to:
• plan the time, for themselves and others, when solving an applied task in cooperation with the project team
• perform independent research using scientific methodology, perform basic leadership, and basic evaluation of a research project
• apply scientific methodology
• gain understanding of the task, define limitations and formulate the task using the applied scientific method
• solve the task, or parts of it, within the set time frame
• in writing and orally present and discuss the methodology and solutions in a format suitable for scientific publication and presentation
• follow up, reflect and evaluate the project implementation


The course covers in-depth and project-specific elements that, in whole or in part, include the following: theories, models, experimental methods, tools and instrumentation. The content is defined to the extent and depth of the individual course plan that is established together with the supervisor, and generally should include the following:

• application of mechanical engineering to support and implement basic elements of a subproject within an ongoing research or development project
• participation in the project management for the research and development project.
• application of scientific methodology
• application of problem formulating and solving methodology
• experimental method
• experimental work
• analysis of acquired results
• summary of acquired results
• discussion of the results and conclusions.
• presentation of the project, written and oral, in an acceptable scientific format
• follow-up and evaluation of project implementation
• basic scientific contact networking

Entry requirements

Mechanical Engineering MA, Thesis Project I, 15 credits.

Selection rules and procedures

The selectionprocess is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Teaching form

The course is started by the supervisor after preparing an individual course plan that is project-specific and which, in addition to the content, defines deadlines, the form of teaching and course literature. The course plan is approved by the examiner before the course starts. The course consists mainly of self-studies and independent work.
Work per student is approximately 400 hours.

Examination form

Examining consists of a project report and an oral presentation.

15.0 credits, R101: Report
Rating: A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F. A-E are passed, Fx and F are failed.

0.0 credits, M101: Oral presentation
Rating: Pass (P) or Fail (F)

The examination is based on one or more reports as indicated in the individual course plan (course plan is based mainly on the results from the courses Mechanical Engineering AV, Problem Formulation and Planning and Mechanical Engineering AV, Thesis Project I.

Rating criteria for the subject area can be found at

Grading system

The grades A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F are given on the course. On this scale the grades A through E represent pass levels, whereas Fx and F represent fail levels.

Ingen obligatorisk litteratur. Kurslitteratur är projektspecifik.
No compulsory literature. Course literature is specific to the research project.

Other information

This course shall involve independent research, design or experiments (though collaboration between students may be allowed) within a larger research or development project. Scientific methodology should be used and the work shall include sections of independent basic analysis and systematic problem solving.

The Department or the Research Centre must always be contacted before the course can be started. Formal approval and registration of the Thesis project, and the appointment of a supervisor by the Department or Research Centre prior to the course start are absolute requirements. Without these requirements, a partially or fully completed project cannot be accepted.

Examiner and supervisor are appointed by the University for each student admitted to the course.
The supervisor is responsible for the continuous interaction with the student during the course. If a company or organisation outside the university is involved, a second supervisor is also appointed at the company or organization.