TDMA5005 - Master Thesis


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Master thesis
Grade: Letter grades

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

Course content

In this course, the student must complete an independent project within a topic from the master's degree program. The course will contribute so the students achieve advanced knowledge of the subject area, corresponding to the master's level. In addition the students will gain in-depth knowledge of selected theories and methods, as well as experience in oral and written communication. The course will also prepare students to plan and implement a development or change process in working life, where digital collaboration is utilized.

Learning outcome

The master's thesis is an independent scientific research project that will show the student's competence within the field and in relation to the goals in the master's program.

After completing the master's thesis, the following learning outcomes are achieved:


The students will:

  • Be able to identify challenges in private businesses and the public sector organizations related to the main themes of the master's degree program, as well as assessing appropriate methodological approaches to solve these challenges.
  • Have in-depth knowledge of scientific literature and methods related to the topics included in the master's thesis, and lay the foundation for proceeding to a doctoral degree in the same subject area.


The students will:

  • Be able to work independently on a research project of a certain size and over a certain period.
  • Be able to gather relevant information, analyze the information, prepare conclusions and document the results.

General competence

The student will:

  • Be able to reflect on different scientific methods and different sources relevant to digital collaboration.
  • Be able to reflect on sustainability challenges that can arise in connection with digitalization and digital transformation of current and future business processes.
  • Be able to communicate the research work both in writing and orally. Written in the form of a major research report, and orally in the form of a presentation adapted to an academic audience.
  • Demonstrate an ethical and healthy critical attitude to the research work.

Learning methods and activities

The course could be conducted as a combination of seminars, presentations, meetings with supervisors and clients, and self-study, as well as work on the master's thesis document. Each master's thesis is connected to a supervisor. Up to 25 hours of supervision per master's thesis is offered, and it is the students who must take the initiative for supervision. Normally the master's thesis is completed individually, but it can be completed in groups of up to 2 students.

Further on evaluation

The assessment basis is the master's thesis document. A grading committee assesses the thesis. The requirement for the size of the master's thesis depends on whether it is written on an individual basis or by two students jointly. For individual thesis, the scope should be about 60-100 pages, while thesis written by two students together should be about 80-120 pages. Deviations from these page number indications can be agreed with the supervisor. It is recommended to use the font Verdana, 10 point, left-justified, 1.15 line spacing, which is in accordance with the Word template for master's theses at NTNU.

The master's thesis should reflect on the sustainability relevance of the thesis based on selected elements from UNESCO's 8 key competences for sustainability.

The master's thesis must have a Norwegian and English title and a short summary in English.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Digital Transformation (ITMAIKTSA)

Required previous knowledge

The master's thesis is based on the course TDMA5004 (Research Project Planning).. The student must have completed and passed all courses belonging to the 1st and 2nd semester, as well as completed the teaching plan for all courses belonging to the 3rd semesters of the master's program before starting the master's thesis. All compulsory courses in the master's degree program must be passed before the dissertation can be submitted for examination.

The course is reserved for students admitted to the Master's Degree Program in Digital Collaboration.

Course materials

Students choose relevant literature, possibly in consultation with the supervisor.

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Computer Science


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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