IMT4905 - Experience-based Master's Thesis


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written Thesis and oral examinanation/presentation
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Written Thesis and oral examinanation/presentation 100/100

Course content

The student shall pick a specific problem of relevance to the master's program. The topic must represent a challenge within the specific area and must require that the student adheres to practices that are common within the area. The topic must be pre-approved by the supervisor.

Learning outcome

After successfully completing the master's thesis the students should have obtained:


  • Possess specialized insight into a application domain and relevant academic work.
  • Possess knowledge of theoretical background and methods being used in the area of specialization.


  • Are capable of defining a significant and complex application and innovation problem relevant to the master program, clearly and independently, but with guidance from a supervisor.
  • Are capable of analyzing existing literature, studies, methods, and interpretations.
  • Are capable of planning and conducting necessary studies or experiments, organizing and analyzing data acquired, drawing defensible conclusions, and making recommendations based on these.
  • Are capable of documenting the results achieved in an academic project, mastering the terminology of the field.

General Competence

  • Are capable of acquiring new knowledge.
  • Are capable of presenting academic work and results in oral form.

Learning methods and activities

  • Project work
  • Seminar(s)
  • Tutoring /Supervision
  • Independent study

Compulsory requirements: The student must participate in the supervision as a mentee. The student must continuously be able to present project status to the supervisor and demonstrate that the project can be completed according to the current project plan or, alternatively, adjust the plan accordingly to ensure a successful outcome. Master Thesis agreement signed by student and supervisor to be handed in at the beginning of the semester.

The master theses will be input for verifying the sustainability goal of quality in education.

Further on evaluation


  • After failure, a student may submit a new or a revised thesis once. If the student chooses to submit a revised version of the thesis, this must be submitted in the following semester.

Forms of assessment:

  • Project report and oral examination
  • The project report is given a temporary grade. Individual oral examination/presentation may adjust the grade up or down to the final grade, according to performance.
  • Students must pass both parts to pass the course.

Master thesis grading: Karakterbeskrivelser for teknologiske fag - Kunnskapsbasen - NTNU

Hand in June 1 (Spring) or December 15 (Autumn).

The project report should reflect on the UN Sustainable Goals.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Information Security (MISEB)

Required previous knowledge

Admission to the master progr. "Experience-based master in Information Security" (MISEB) is required. Course work in the study program (60 ETCS/MISEB) must be passed before the work on the master thesis can be started.

More on the course

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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Gjøvik

Subject area(s)
  • Information Security
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Information Security and Communication Technology


Examination arrangement: Written Thesis and oral examinanation/presentation

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Written Thesis and oral examinanation/presentation 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Written Thesis and oral examinanation/presentation 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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