Master Thesis and Colloquium

Core Module Master Thesis and Colloquium
Exam Code 0950, 0960
Credit Points Master Thesis 25 ECTS, Colloquium 5 ECTS
Term Winter
Module Coordination Dr. Rui Pedroso
Lecturers Supervisors
Workload (h) 12 Attendance (h) 138 Self-Study (h)


Prerequisites Module Master Thesis Preparation
Intended Learning Outcome The main aim of the Module is to develop and evidence the degree of autonomous investigation achieved by the student.After completion of the MSc thesis work, the students are be able to define, design and deliver academically rigorous research and discuss the results with their peers, i.e. give proof of a critical and holistic knowledge and have a deeper understanding of their chosen problem domain. With the completion of the master thesis, the student is prepared for a scientific career particularly able to:

  • Contribute to science in his/her research field,
  • Identify original research questions and objectives, based on a proper assessment of pertinent research needs (research gaps) departing from an actual state of knowledge,
  • Framing of the proposed research in a suitable methodological framework
  • Scientifically analyze and present research results
  • Critically discuss research results
Content Having finished the Module Preparation of Master Thesis, the student has a concrete description of the MSc topic, addressed problem, methodology and research plan to be followed and deepened in the MSc thesis writing process. The thesis work, will allow students to put into practice the relevant theories and methods learned in the course of the MSc program.The MSc thesis at the ITT can either be concluded in the usual monograph form or in an article format. The student should refer to the supervisor for further guidance. Nevertheless the following common structure is suggested for a sound scientific work:

  • Problem analysis: problem domain and purpose of the work;
  • State of the art: with theoretical framework pertaining to the research field (problem domain) in which the thesis is contributing;
  • Identification of knowledge gaps;
  • Objectives;
  • Methods
  • Analysis
  • Results
  • Discussion (interpretation and implications)
  • Conclusions; (10) References.

The scientific structure in the integrated-article form (Journal Article Form): The objective of this format is the publication in a peer reviewed Journal. The scientific structure of this format should be previously discussed with the thesis supervisors. The supervisors will guide the student with the requirements and formats of the targeted Journals for the article publication. Students are only allowed to submit their thesis in this Journal Article format after approval by the supervisors. In this format a comprehensive data report and scientific work structure needs nevertheless to be delivered as annex to the Article.

Teaching Method Input lecturesSelf-study, group discussions, presentations to class Discussion of examples from Projec I in class
Assesment Method Master thesis: a scientific document in a monograph or integrated article formColloquium: where the student presents the key results of the thesis and discussing these with examiners
Recommended Reading ITT Guideline Master Thesis and Colloquium
Version 03.06.2015