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

Course content

The thesis consists of a scientific presentation of a chosen topic in a theoretical framework. 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.
The student must prepare a project proposal of at least 4 pages before the 15th February in the second semester. On the basis of the project proposal, a faculty member will be appointed as supervisor in accordance with the guidelines approved by the Board of the Department. The supervisor must be kept informed about the progress of the writing. Seminars with emphasis on theoretical and practical issues related to the writing of a master's thesis will be held during the first and the second year. Students are expected to present their thesis work for fellow students and faculty members at 2 seminars. It is recommended that students start to work on their thesis in their second semester. The last spring semester is fully devoted to the thesis.

Thesis evaluation: Thesis and presentation. The presentation is used to adjust the grade given for the thesis.
This course is only for students who are taking the full study in M.Sc. in Urban Ecological Planning.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: The student will devote a large proportion of studies in the program to the completion of the Master Thesis owing to emphasis on the Masters in UEP being a research based masters program. The thesis will enable in depth study into theories, methods and analytical models in the chosen theme and subject of the thesis. 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 will be included the UEP program are the theories of deprivational approach to poverty,livelihoods framework, capacity vulnerability framework and strategic planning. The 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.
Skills: The student will through the Masters Thesis develop the critical skills required in field work, analysis of field data and analytical theorisation of the findings in research. The student will also acquire the skills required for academic writing both in report format as well as project proposal/ recommendations.
General Competence: The UEP Thesis trains students for doing empirical research in the field of urban development in contexts where there are weak institutions or institutions are temporarliy disabled due to extreme circumstances.

Specific conditions

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


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Master's thesis

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100
  • * 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.