Master by Research, 120 higher education credits

Syllabus:

Master by Research, 120 higher education credits, 120 Credits

General data

  • Code: TPRMA
  • Cycle: Second cycle
  • Ref no: MIUN 2009/97
  • Credits: 120
  • Answerable department: Electronics Design
  • Answerable faculty: Faculty of Science, Technology and Media
  • Latest review: 3/30/2016
  • Version valid from: 8/1/2015

Aim

The objective of the programme is to provide an increased knowledge within the selected specialization by planning and carrying out research projects in collaboration with other researchers and, if any, external partners.

Programme objectives

OUTCOMES ACCORDING TO THE HIGHER EDUCATION ORDINANCE FOR A MASTER OF ARTS/SCIENCE (120 CREDITS)

Knowledge and understanding
For a Master of Arts/Science (120 credits) the student shall have:
- demonstrated knowledge and understanding in the main field of study, including both broad knowledge of the field and a considerable degree of specialised knowledge in certain areas of the field as well as insight into current research and development work, and
- demonstrated specialised methodological knowledge in the main field of study.

Competence and skills
For a Master of Arts/Science (120 credits) the student shall have:
- demonstrated the ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge and analyse, assess and deal with complex phenomena, issues and situations even with limited information
- demonstrated the ability to identify and formulate issues critically, autonomously and creatively as well as to plan and, using appropriate methods, undertake advanced tasks within predetermined time frames and so contribute to the formation of knowledge as well as the ability to evaluate this work
- demonstrated the ability in speech and writing both nationally and internationally to report clearly and discuss his or her conclusions and the knowledge and arguments on which they are based in dialogue with different audiences, and
- demonstrated the skills required for participation in research and development work or autonomous employment in some other qualified capacity.

Judgement and approach
For a Master of Arts/Science (120 credits) the student shall have:
- demonstrated the ability to make assessments in the main field of study informed by relevant disciplinary, social and ethical issues and also to demonstrate awareness of ethical aspects of research and development work
- demonstrated insight into the possibilities and limitations of research, its role in society and the responsibility of the individual for how it is used, and
- demonstrated the ability to identify the personal need for further knowledge and take responsibility for his or her ongoing learning.

OUTCOMES FOR MASTER BY RESEARCH – ARCHIVES AND INFORMATION SCIENCE
After having completed the programme the student should be able to:
- identify, analyze and define a research problem
- develop and present a research proposal
- handle a research project including planning, realization, documentation and reporting
- follow established standards and regulations with respect to research ethics

After completion of the programme the student should have demonstrated an increased knowledge and an ability to critically evaluate:
- the literature in Archives and Information Science chosen for the student’s independent work
- the standards and the leading international and profession based practice which exists within Archives and Information Science.

In addition the student shall have exhibited an outstanding ability to communicate his or her research through scientific publication.

OUTCOMES FOR MASTER BY RESEARCH – BIOLOGY
After completion of the programme the student should be able to:
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding with a starting point in ongoing research including for example:
- functional characteristics of ecosystems and organisms
- multivariate ecological contexts and scale dependences
- conservation of biodiversity and its role for sustainability

demonstrate skills developed in relation to:
- scientific methods and approaches
- the process from identifying to solving biological problems
- to seek, synthesize and apply research
- oral and writing presentation abilities

demonstrate an ability to evaluate and position biological knowledge as:
- being able to view the role as expert in a sustainable society
- being able to relate to international research
- being a good representative for biology

OUTCOMES FOR MASTER BY RESEARCH – CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
At the completion of the programme the student should:
- demonstrate an increased knowledge of industrial processes and/or products to be able to develop the part processes, production, and/or products.
- know of the research front within the field of study
- be able to analyze a technological problem and based on the analysis plan and document knowledge procurement and realization of the project
- be able to understand possibilities and limitations of different technologies
- be able to evaluate procedure and/or products based on financial as well as environmental perspectives.

OUTCOMES FOR MASTER BY RESEARCH – CHEMISTRY
After having completed the programme the student shall be able to
- describe the research front within the selected domain of research
- explain, compare and evaluate the possibilities and limitations of different theoretical or experimental methods
- analyse and evaluate a scientific issue
- independently plan, document, carry out and communicate the results of an extensive scientific work
- evaluate chemical processes and/or its products based on financial as well as environmental aspects
- demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding within a selected current domain of research, for example:
+ analytical chemistry, focusing on the development of chemical methods of analysis or tools to interpret obtained data, applied in for example soil chemistry or bioanalytical chemistry
+ physical chemistry, focusing on interaction and aggregation in aqueous solution of individual molecules and larger aggregates
+ organic chemistry, focusing on developing and performing chemical reactions and chemical analysis techniques

OUTCOMES FOR MASTER BY RESEARCH - COMPUTER ENGINEERING
After completing the programme the student shall:
- Demonstrate good knowledge of the state of research and development in the selected parts of the field of computer engineering
- Demonstrate familiarity with the service market, infrastructure costs, development trends and current applications.
- Demonstrate good skills in building mathematical models and simulating algorithms and systems.
- Demonstrate basic skills in software implementations of algorithms.
- Demonstrate good skills in analysing the technical performance of computer engineering systems; for example distributed systems, advanced web services or systems for realistic 3D. Performance may refer to security, accessibility, scalability, response time, propensity for mistakes, reusability and language efficiency.

OUTCOMES FOR MASTER BY RESEARCH – ELECTRONICS
When having completed the programme the student should:
- based on a given problem in radiation detectors, solid-state technology, industrial measurement technology, wireless sensor networks, or machine vision be able to choose an appropriate technology and procedure
- be able to analyze a technological problem and based on the analysis plan and document knowledge procurement and the realization of the project

Skills and abilities
- have developed the ability to understand and evaluate the possibilities and limitations of different technologies
- independently be able to plan, realize and communicate results of a work of considerable extent.

OUTCOMES FOR MASTER BY RESEARCH – ENGINEERING PHYSICS
When having completed the programme the student should:
- based on a given problem within the area of materials science be able to choose an appropriate technology and procedure
- be able to analyze a problem and based on the analysis plan and document knowledge procurement and the realization of the project

Skills and abilities
- have developed the ability to understand and evaluate the possibilities and limitations of different technologies
- independently be able to plan, realize and communicate results of a work of considerable extent.

OUTCOMES FOR MASTER BY RESEARCH – ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING
After having completed the programme the student should:
- based in a given problem within the subject area be able to choose an appropriate method and working procedure
- be able to analyze a problem and based on the analysis plan and document knowledge procurement and realization of the project

Skills and abilities
- have developed the ability to understand and evaluate the possibilities and limitations of different methods
- independently be able to plan, realize and communicate the results of a work of considerable extent.

OUTCOMES FOR MASTER BY RESEARCH – ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
After the completion of the program the student should:
- based on a given problem within the subject area be able to chose an appropriate method and working procedure
- be able to analyze a problem and based on the analysis plan and document knowledge procurement and realization of the project.

Skills and abilities
- have developed the ability to understand and evaluate the possibilities and limitations of different methods
- independently be able to plan, realize and communicate the results of a work of considerable extent.

OUTCOMES FOR MASTER BY RESEARCH - INFORMATICS
After completing the programme the student shall:
- Demonstrate good knowledge of central theoretical starting points in informatics.
- Demonstrate good knowledge of the state of research and development in informatics.
- Demonstrate good skills in approaching (searching, finding, describing and analysing) a field of knowledge in informatics
- Demonstrate good skills in creating a good research design, carrying out a small research project and presenting and defending the work carried out.
- Demonstrate good skills in analysis and review of research results.
- Demonstrate familiarity with collaborating in research projects (collaboration skills, communication skills).

OUTCOMES FOR MASTER BY RESEARCH – MECHANICAL ENGINEERING – SPORTS TECHNOLOGY
After having completed the programme the student should:
- based on a given problem in the subject area be able to choose an appropriate method and working procedure
- be able to analyze a problem and based on the analysis plan and document knowledge procurement and realization of the project

Skills and abilities
- have developed the ability to understand and evaluate the possibilities and limitations of different methods
- independently be able to plan, realize and communicate the results of a work of considerable extent.

OUTCOMES FOR MASTER BY RESEARCH – MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION SCIENCE
After completion of the programme the student should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding
- theoretically assess different theoretical dimensions of media- and communication science.

Competence and skills
- use relevant theory and research methods within the chosen field.
- define, investigate and analyse academically relevant theories in written and spoken words.
- independently plan and conduct a scientific research project within the chosen field.

Judgement and approach
- identify and critically assess different paradigms of scientific theory.
- perform critical and analytical thinking.

Content

Archives and Information Science:
Archives and Information Science BA/MA, 30 Credits
Archives and Information Science MA, Scientific Writing and Presentation Techniques, 7.5 Credits
Archives and Information Science MA, Problem Formulation and Thesis Planning, 7.5 Credits
Archives and Information Science MA, Development of Theory and Research Design, 15 Credits
Archives and Information Science MA Thesis Project I, 15 Credits
Archives and Information Science MA, Thesis Project II, 15 Credits
Archives and Information Science MA, Thesis, 30 Credits *)

Biology:
Optional courses BA/MA, 30 Credits
Biology MA, Scientific Writing and Presentation Techniques, 7.5 Credits
Biology MA, Problem formulation and Thesis Planning, 7.5 Credits
Biology MA, Development of Theory and Experiment, 15 Credits
Biology MA Thesis Project I, 15 Credits
Biology MA, Thesis Project II, 15 Credits
Biology MA, Thesis, 30 Credits *)

Chemical Engineering:
Chemical Engineering BA/MA, 30 Credits
Chemical Engineering MA, Scientific Writing and Presentation Techniques, 7.5 Credits
Chemical Engineering MA, Problem formulation and Thesis Planning, 7.5 Credits
Chemical Engineering MA, Development of Theory and Experiment, 15 Credits
Chemical Engineering MA Thesis Project I, 15 Credits
Chemical Engineering MA, Thesis Project II, 15 Credits
Chemical Engineering MA, Thesis, 30 Credits *)

Chemistry:
Optional courses BA/MA, 30 Credits
Chemistry MA, Scientific Writing and Presentation Techniques, 7.5 Credits
Chemistry MA, Problem formulation and Thesis Planning, 7.5 Credits
Chemistry MA, Development of Theory and Experiment, 15 Credits
Chemistry MA Thesis Project I, 15 Credits
Chemistry MA, Thesis Project II, 15 Credits
Chemistry MA, Thesis, 30 Credits *)

Computer Engineering:
Computer Engineering BA/MA, 30 Credits
Computer Engineering MA Scientific Writing and Presentation Techniques, 7.5 Credits
Computer Engineering MA, Problem formulation and Thesis Planning, 7.5 Credits
Computer Engineering MA, Development of Theory and Experiment, 15 Credits
Computer Engineering MA Thesis Project I, 15 Credits
Computer Engineering MA, Thesis Project II, 15 Credits
Computer Engineering MA, Thesis, 30 Credits *)

Electronics:
Optional courses BA/MA, 30 Credits
Electronics MA, Scientific Writing and Presentation Techniques, 7.5 Credits
Electronics MA, Problem formulation and Thesis Planning, 7.5 Credits
Electronics MA, Development of Theory and Experiment, 15 Credits
Electronics MA Thesis Project I, 15 Credits
Electronics MA, Thesis Project II, 15 Credits
Electronics MA, Thesis, 30 Credits *)

Engineering Physics:
Optional courses BA/MA, 30 Credits
Physics MA, Scientific Writing and Presentation Techniques, 7.5 Credits
Physics MA, Problem formulation and Thesis Planning, 7.5 Credits
Physics MA, Development of Theory and Experiment, 15 Credits
Physics MA Thesis Project I, 15 Credits
Physics MA, Thesis Project II, 15 Credits
Physics MA, Thesis, 30 Credits *)

Environmental Engineering:
Environmental Engineering BA/MA, 30 Credits, or courses necessary for the individual student’s choice of subject
Environmental Science MA, Scientific Communication, 7.5 Credits
Environmental Engineering MA, Problem formulation and Thesis Planning, 7.5 Credits
Environmental Engineering MA, Development of Theory and Experiment, 15 Credits
Environmental Engineering MA Thesis Project I, 15 Credits
Environmental Engineering MA, Thesis Project II, 15 Credits
Environmental Engineering MA, Individual Assignment, 30 Credits

Environmental Science:
Environmental Science BA/MA, 30 Credits, or courses necessary for the individual student’s choice of subject
Environmental Science MA, Scientific Communication, 7.5 Credits
Environmental Science MA, Problem formulation and Thesis Planning, 7.5 Credits
Environmental Science MA, Development of Theory and Experiment, 15 Credits
Environmental Science MA Thesis Project I, 15 Credits
Environmental Science MA, Thesis Project II, 15 Credits
Environmental Science MA, Individual Assignment, 30 Credits

Informatics:
Informatics BA/MA, 30 Credits, or courses relevant for the specialization
Informatics MA Scientific Writing and Presentation Techniques, 7.5 Credits
Informatics MA, Problem formulation and Thesis Planning, 7.5 Credits
Informatics MA, Development of Theory and Research Design, 15 Credits
Informatics MA Thesis Project I, 15 Credits
Informatics MA, Thesis Project II, 15 Credits
Informatics MA, Thesis, 30 Credits *)

Mechanical Engineering – Sports Technology:
Mechanical Engineering BA/MA, 30 Credits, or courses suitable for the individual student’s choice of subject
Mechanical Engineering MA, Scientific Writing and Presentation Techniques, 7.5 Credits
Mechanical Engineering MA, Problem formulation and Thesis Planning, 7.5 Credits
Mechanical Engineering MA, Development of Theory and Experiment, 15 Credits
Mechanical Engineering MA Thesis Project I, 15 Credits
Mechanical Engineering MA, Thesis Project II, 15 Credits
Mechanical Engineering MA, Thesis, 30 Credits *)

Media and Communication Science:
Media and Communication Science MA, Media and Communication Theories and Research Approaches, 15 Credits
Media and Communication Science MA, Scientific Methods, 15 Credits
Media and Communication Science MA, Scientific Writing, 7.5 Credits
Media and Communication Science MA, Philosophy of Science, 2.5 Credits
Media and Communication Science MA, Thesis Project I, 15 Credits
Media and Communication Science MA, Thesis Project II, 15 Credits
Media and Communication Science MA, Thesis Project III, 20 Credits
Media and Communication Science MA, Thesis, 30 Credits *)

The courses marked with a star (*) for each specialization equals the independent project required for a Degree of Master.

Specialisation

Electronics

Biology

Archives and Information Science

Mechanical Engineering - Sports Technology

Environmental Science

Environmental Engineering

Chemistry

Chemical Engineering

Computer Engineering

Informatics

Media and Communication Science

Engineering Physics

Entry requirements

English course 6/English course B from Swedish Upper Secondary School (Gymnasium) or the equivalent.

Archives and Information Science:
Bachelor of Arts/Science or equivalent (at least 180 Credits/180 ECTS), in archives science, library science, information science, informatics, systems science, with at least 30 Credits (30 ECTS) in a subsidiary subject other than the major subject.

Biology:
Bachelor of Science or equivalent (at least 180 Credits/180 ECTS), with at least 90 Credits (90 ECTS) in Biology.

Chemical Engineering:
Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Engineering or equivalent (at least 180 Credits/180 ECTS), in Chemistry, Physics, Chemical Engineering, Energy Engineering or Mechanical Engineering.

Chemistry:
Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Engineering or equivalent (at least 180 Credits/180 ECTS), in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering, with at least 60 Credits in Chemistry.

Computer Engineering:
Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Engineering or equivalent (at least 180 Credits/180 ECTS), with at least 60 Credits (60 ECTS) in Computer Engineering and 30 Credits (30 ECTS) in Mathematics.

Electronics:
Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Engineering or equivalent (at least 180 Credits/180 ECTS) in Electronics Engineering/Electronics, Computer Engineering or Physics, with at least 22.5 Credits (22.5 ECTS) in Mathematics and 22.5 Credits (22.5 ECTS) in Electronics Engineering.

Engineering Physics:
Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Engineering or equivalent (at least 180 Credits/180 ECTS) in a subject relevant for the chosen specialization, for example Physics, Engineering Physics, Materials Science or equivalent.

Environmental Engineering:
Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Engineering or equivalent (at least 180 Credits/180 ECTS), with at least 45 Credits (45 ECTS) in Environmental Technology/Engineering.

Environmental Science:
Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Engineering or equivalent (at least 180 Credits/180 ECTS), with at least 45 Credits (45 ECTS) in Environmental Science.

Informatics:
Bachelor of Arts/Science or equivalent (at least 180 Credits/180 ECTS), in Behavioural Science, Social Science, Informatics, Computer Engineering, Archives Science, or Media and Communication Science.

Mechanical Engineering - Sports Technology:
Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Engineering or equivalent (at least 180 Credits/180 ECTS), with at least 60 Credits (60 ECTS) in Mechanical Engineering.

Media and Communication Science:
Bachelor of Arts/Science or equivalent (at least 180 Credits/180 ECTS), with at least 60 Credits (60 ECTS) in Media and Communication Science, Journalism, Political Science or Business Administration.

Description of programme

The degree programme runs full-time for two years and is carried out for the most part in the form of research work in a research group.

Selection rules and procedures

Alternative selection, see heading "Other information".

Programme with restricted admissions

Special prerequisites for courses are given in the respective course specifications.

Teaching and examination

Teaching is full-time in the form of research work in a research group.
The language of instruction is English.

The teaching and examination procedures are stated in the syllabus of each course.

Title of qualification

Degree of Master of Arts/Science (120 credits)

- Archives and Information Science: Filosofie masterexamen med huvudområdet arkiv- och informationsvetenskap, translated into Master of Science (120 credits) with a major in Archives and Information Science. The possibility of obtaining the prefix Filosofie in the Swedish degree title depends on the status of the subsidiary subject in the Bachelor Degree.
- Biology: Masterexamen med huvudområdet biologi, translated into Master of Science (120 credits) with a major in Biology.
- Chemical Engineering: Masterexamen med huvudområdet kemiteknik, translated into Master of Science (120 credits) with a major in Chemical Engineering.
- Chemistry: Masterexamen med huvudområdet kemi, translated into Master of Science (120 credits) with a major in Chemistry.
- Computer Engineering: Masterexamen med huvudområdet datateknik, translated into Master of Science (120 credits) with a major in Computer Engineering.
- Electronics: Masterexamen med huvudområdet elektronik, translated into Master of Science (120 credits) with a major in Electronics.
- Engineering Physics: Masterexamen med huvudområdet teknisk fysik, translated into Master of Science (120 credits) with a major in Engineering Physics.
- Environmental Engineering: Masterexamen med huvudområdet miljöteknik, translated into Master of Science (120 credits) with a major in Environmental Engineering.
- Environmental Science: Masterexamen med huvudområdet miljövetenskap, translated into Master of Science (120 credits) with a major in Environmental Science.
- Informatics: Masterexamen med huvudområdet informatik, translated into Master of Science (120 credits) with a major in Informatics.
- Mechanical Engineering – Sports Technology: Masterexamen med huvudområdet maskinteknik, translated into Master of Science (120 credits) with a major in Mechanical Engineering.
- Medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap: Masterexamen med huvudområdet medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap, translated into Master of Arts (120 credits) with a major in Media and Communication Science.

Other information

During the programme course names, contents, credit units and schedules may change.

CRITERIA FOR ALTERNATIVE SELECTION
- The applicant’s qualifications in relation to the chosen subject
- Statement of purpose
- Independent project of scientific quality within the Bachelor´s degree or in the form of an article, based on the requirements of the planned field of research
- The student’s English writing skills, ability to analyse in addition to the ability to work independently as well as a part of a group

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