AAR4874 - Theories and Methods for Master Thesis


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Approved report
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Approved report 100/100

Course content

The course will be a pre-project for the master's thesis, where the students choose the topic for the assignment during the semester. The subject undergoes relevant theory and methods and basic concepts using qualitative and quantitative methods. Research design with focus on the relation between topic, problem statement, research questions and relevant theory and methods will be discussed. Requirements for the master thesis regarding structure, language, use of references and theory will be presented. The course will be completed by submitting an assigment report focusing on science theory and research methods, and an individual project work that forms the basis for the master thesis with the first chapters: background, problem, theoretical framework and methods.

Learning outcome

KNOWLEDGE: The candidate will have in-depth knowledge of the requirements for master's thesis in terms of structure, content, research design, reference usage and scope. The candidate has knowledge of the theory and method for conducting research in relevant subjects and adequate knowledge in quantitative and qualitative methods.

SKILLS: The candidate should have in-depth skills to formulate problem and research questions for a master level study, and to see the relationship between problem, theory and methodology. The candidate can develop a theoretical framework for analysing the problem and questions, and develop a research framework using relevant methodology and theories. The candidate should also propose the use of quantitative and / or qualitative methods in the work of his owned planned master's thesis, and can conduct an independent minor project work with theoretical supervision and good practice.

GENERAL COMPETENCE: the candidate can develop a time and activity plan and an outline for the master's thesis, and identify possible challenges related to theory use, access to data and possible consequences with regard to research design.

Learning methods and activities

The core of the course is a written project which will be a basis for the master thesis. The project shall be conducted individual or eventually in pairs. The lectures will cover subjects like research methods, theory of science, research ethics and the writing of the report. There are four compulsory classes during the semester to help thinking about ideas and methods that can be integral for writing a good master thesis. The course has two cumpulsory exercises; one about the topic of the thesis where the overall and detailed research questions will be of importance, and one about the methods planned to use in order to answer the research questions. Students are expected to read the chapters associated with each lecture during the semester for in-class discussion.

Compulsory assignments

  • Assignment

Further on evaluation

The project assignment is graded with a letter character. Individual, or pairwise. You have to pass this subject/course in order to start your work on the master thesis.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Facility Management (MAEIENDOM)
Facility Management (MEIENDOM)
Physical Planning (MFYSPL)
Urban Ecological Planning (MSA1)

Required previous knowledge

Passed first year of master program in Real Estate Development and Facilities Management, Master Program in Physical Planning, Masters Program in Urban Ecological Planning

Course materials

Papers,articles and textbooks.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Facility Management
  • Urban Design and Planning
  • Architectural Design and Management
  • Town and Regional Planning
  • Architecture


Examination arrangement: Approved report

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Approved report 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Approved report 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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