PD6920 - Master's Thesis in Strategic Design and Service Development


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Master's Thesis
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Master's Thesis 100/100

Course content

The topic and research question for the master's thesis should be relevant to technology management and digital transformation as a subject area. Together with the specialisation, the master's thesis completes the programme's specialisation 'Strategic design and service development'. The topic of the thesis and the theory used must therefore be linked to the subject area covered by the specialization. It is considered an advantage that students work with real issues related to their own business. The topic/research question is chosen by the student in consultation with the supervisor. The master's thesis is standardised to about 800 working hours.

Learning outcome


The student - has in-depth, research-based knowledge within a limited field of study


The student - can carry out an independent research or development project using relevant theories and methods, and in accordance with ethical norms for research

General Competence

The student - links research-based knowledge to own organizational experience in a way that demonstrates the ability for independent analytical reflection

Learning methods and activities

Early in the semester, a project plan must be established that must be approved by the supervisor. The master's thesis can be written individually or in groups of up to three members. If a group thesis is written, the individual's contribution must correspond to an individual master's thesis with regard to work effort and scope.

The student is assigned a supervisor from the academic environment responsible for the specialisation chosen by the student. In cases where there are several departments involved in the specialization, the topic of the thesis, as described in the application, will determine which department is responsible for supervising the student. Consideration may also be given to assigning a supervisor from another department and/or an external co-supervisor if the topic of the thesis so warrants.

Mandatory activity

Approved project plan. The project plan must contain the research question, central topics in the thesis, choice of method and progress plan. This will typically build on the submitted research outline in the course PK6401.


Students are entitled to up to 30 hours of supervision limited to two semesters. The number of hours includes both direct conference / supervision with the student and pre- and post-work for the supervisor. A separate agreement must be entered into and signed by the student, supervisor and department. The course is part of NTNU's further education programme, and has a course fee. See NTNU Videre's website.

Further on evaluation

Further on evaluation

In the case of a group thesis, the group chooses individual or joint assessment of the master's thesis. At the start of the work on the master's thesis, a written agreement must be entered into between the department, supervisor and student. Students who are going to write a group assignment must also enter into a written agreement about this. A separate agreement form is used.

The master's thesis must be submitted in NTNU's exam system Inspera Assessment.

Special conditions

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

Admission to the study programme: Technology Management and Digital Transformation (MTDO) is required.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Technology Management and Digital Transformation (MTDO)

Required previous knowledge

Completed basic and specialization module

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  30.0 SP
Study level: Further education, higher 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: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Product Design Engineering - Design Methodology
  • Design Strategies
  • Design Methodology
Contact information


Examination arrangement: Master's Thesis

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Master's Thesis 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Master's 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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