MCT4090 - Master's Thesis in Music, Communication and Technology


This course is no longer taught and is only available for examination.

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Master thesis
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Master thesis 100/100

Course content

The Master's thesis is a research-based academic report based on individual research in the area of music, communication and technology. The topic of the thesis may be chosen by the student alone, in collaboration with the supervisor, or together with an industrial partner. In any case, the topic must represent a challenge within the topical areas of the MCT programme and be approved by the supervisor. It is required that the student adheres to research ethical practices, and that the project relates to and contributes to the existing research literature. The project can include practical elements, but the thesis must also include a literature review, theoretical discussion, methodological reflection and aesthetic evaluation.

Learning outcome

Having completed the course the student will:

  • have acquired in-depth, expert knowledge in their field of research.
  • be familiar with planning and conducting research, finding and working with various kinds of sources and presenting their research findings in a scholarly manner.
  • be able to conduct independent and original research.
  • be able to collect and critically interpret relevant empirical data and apply appropriate theoretical and/or conceptual frameworks.
  • be capable of designing and operationalizing a research proposal.
  • have developed excellent academic writing, argumentative and presentation skills.

Learning methods and activities

The course consists of thesis seminars during which all students will present their own project and be an opponent to two of the other students projects. The thesis project, preferably carried out in connection to an external partner and with a supervisor from one or both universities.

Please see link for the numbers of hours of supervision eligible for your master's thesis

Compulsory assignments

  • Satisfactory participation in compulsory classes

Further on evaluation

Compulsory requirements:

  • Master thesis agreement, signed by the student and the supervisor.
  • The student must continuously be able to present the 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.
  • Present the thesis project in a thesis seminar with opposition from two other students
  • Be an opponent for two other thesis projects in a thesis seminar.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Music Technology (BMUST)
Music, Communication and Technology (MMCT)

Required previous knowledge

Admission to the masters programme Music, Communication and Technology, and passing grades in the compulsory courses in MCT.

More on the course



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


Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Music Technology
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Music


Examination arrangement: Master thesis

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Master thesis 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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