Together Research Topics and Final project form the final stage of your Master's programme. During the assignment you will dive into a topic related to your specialization, carry out your own research project, write a thesis and present your findings. The assignment can be done in one of the research chairs of the Computer Science department or, following the requirements, at an external organization. The assignment is performed under supervision of a chair related to your specialization.
Before you start with the final project, you will have to carry out the so-called “research topics”. This component of 10 credits (EIT Digital 4EC) was introduced as a preparatory part to the final project to provide you with a solid base to start. Though the Research topics is judged independently, it has the purpose to support the activities of the final project. Research Topics typically entails an initial literature study and aims at the statement of a clear research or design question and planning for the Final Project. The report can include an extensive literature review into a topic, but part can also be spend on for example an experiment to test an initial approach or design. The specific contents and interpretation are up to you in discussion with your supervisor. After your Research Topics you should have an extensive overview of the research area in which you will start your final project and a clear idea of the direction in which you will take your final project (project proposal/plan).
The Final project is a 30 EC project that takes place in the second year of your Master's and rounds off the Master's programme. A final project must address topics in the area of your specialization. The final project must also have a scientific character. A final project normally concerns research, design (development) or a combination of both. Research in a final project has to be carried out according to a systematic approach and the results should be interpreted and verifiable. Design (development) has to be carried out according to systematic methods and techniques and should serve a scientific purpose. For example, prototypes that may be produced in a final project aim at either proving a method or some theory, but they should not be considered as the final goal of the project.
- Preferably, you should have finished all your courses, before starting with Research Topics and Final project. But the EER allows you a maximum of 10 EC in unfinished courses (typically 2 courses) at the start of your Final Project.
- An approved study progammme. Normally done within the first quarter after starting your Master's programme. But if you have missed this step of agreeing on a course programme together with your programme mentor, you can start this process by filling out the course programme form.
- First step is registering in Osiris. After selecting a topic/assignment and finding a supervisor you need to also fill out a programme form in Mobility Online to officially start.
More information on Research Topics and Final Project can be found in Canvas once you registered in Osiris.