AAR5400 - M.Sc. Thesis in Urban Ecological Planning


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Master's thesis
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Assignment 100/100 20 weeks

Course content

The master’s thesis at UEP consists of a research project, carried out and documented by the candidate. It aims to contribute new methodological and professional knowledge to UEP’s range of focal areas related to planning and participation and it demonstrates the candidate’s ability to carry out independent research in the respective field of study.

The thesis can be based on a primary field-based study, or through association with relevant projects being undertaken by practice partners such as International NGOs, Municipalities and Bi- and Multilateral agencies.

In this vein an UEP master’s thesis can be ‘research based’, ‘internship based’, or ‘practice based’.

- The research-based thesis combines findings from an extended fieldwork with relevant theory;
- The internship based thesis reflects on project data and knowledge based on a project within an internship,
- The practice based thesis includes a project developed by the candidate and combined it with a theoretical reflection.

As a prerequisite, the students must complete the class AAR4874 Theories and Methods of Master’s Thesis (or an equivalent). Moreover, for many students it is highly recommended to complete a training in academic writing in English before the course (for example with the Centre for Academic and Professional Communication).

The Master thesis must be completed in 20 weeks in the fourth semester (spring). Students must present an agreement with a supervisor prior to these 20 weeks.

Beyond this, all formal regulations apply: such as NTNU’s study regulations, general master thesis and agreement guidelines and UEP’s specific master thesis regulations (available at the program).

Learning outcome

As part of the master thesis, the candidate will demonstrate and deepen the following knowledge, skills and competencies acquired in the program:

The thesis will demonstrate individual and in-depth study into theories, methods and analytical models within in the chosen topic. The knowledge gained will be on substantive theories, methods of research and field work and analytical frameworks/models. Some main substantive areas of theory that are included the UEP program are the theories of deprivational approach to poverty, livelihoods framework, capacity vulnerability framework , strategic planning, and concept of resilience.

As a part of the master thesis, the student will apply methods that form part of the UEP repertoire are case studies, other methods for qualitative research such as interviews, focus group discussions, livelihoods analysis, stakeholder analysis and SWOT analysis.
He/ she will demonstrate the critical skills required in field work, analysis of field data and analytical theorisation of the findings. The student will also demonstrate the skills required for academic writing both in report format as well as project proposal/ recommendations.

General Competence
The UEP thesis trains candidates to work as an independent and self-responsible professional. Empirical research is undertaken in the field of urban development in contexts characterised by exclusion and inequality, and/ or weak institutions etc.

Learning methods and activities

Individual supervision and regular group workshops.
The activities depend on the format of the thesis but generally include: research design; field research. data collection and analysis, reflecting on theory, scientific writing, presentation.

Further on evaluation

The thesis will be assessed by two independent evaluators, an internal and an external evaluator.

Assessed will be the quality of:

1. Relevance, General Context, Research aims, Goals, Questions, Structure ;
2. Quality of methods
3. Theory
4. Study, Findings, Discussion
5. Conclusions / Recommendation
6. Summary assessment
7. Language and scientific form

1-6 count for 75% of the grade and 7 counts for 25%. Both parts must be passed.
A presentation of the thesis will count to upgrade, or down-grade the grade for the written thesis with half a grade.

All general master thesis criteria and grading regulations apply.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Architecture (MAAR)
Urban Ecological Planning (MSA1)

Required previous knowledge

This course is for students who are taking the full study in M.Sc. in Urban Ecological Planning.

Course materials

UEP master thesis guidelines and materials to be distributed at the masters thesis workshops.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  30.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Urban Design and Planning
Contact information


Examination arrangement: Master's thesis

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 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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