• Posted on: 25 November 2015
  • By: almstroj
  • Updated on:
  • 14 December 2018




Notification: The page is not up to date any more. The new master´s thesis pages for CSE can be found in Canvas: LINK TO PAGE IN CANVAS. 




1. Information sessions

  • When: Some months before proposal submission.

Some programs have one or more information sessions about the MSc thesis. Exactly how and when this is done depends on your program, so please read all information from your master program director (MPA).

The DatE-IT job fair is also a good starting point when looking for interesting thesis topics in industry.

2. Find thesis topic and supervisor

  • When: Some months before proposal submission.

You need to find MSc thesis topics at the university or in industry. For more inspiration, see the menu item Find a project.

If you choose a project offered by teachers and researchers at the university, this usually includes a supervisor. If you choose a project from industry the company provides a supervisor, but you always need an academic supervisor as well. To avoid delay in the start-up and registration phase of your project, we strongly encourage that you approach a supervisor early on, ideally already when writing the proposal.

3. Write your proposal

  • When: 2-6 weeks before proposal submission deadline.
  • Find the template for the proposal on the Forms and templates page.

Make sure you develop the proposal in close collaboration with a supervisor. The texts that you develop here are likely to be reused in the planning and the project reports so the time you invest will give a good return. If you are uncertain if you project fits within the scope of your program, contact your MPA to get advice.

For more details see this page: Thesis Proposal.

4. Submit your proposal

  • When: See the proposal deadlines page.
  • What: The registration form (downloaded from the  Forms and templates page) and a pdf of your proposal.
  • Where: The proposal should be submitted to the Master’s thesis coordinator via email – the contact address is on the Forms and templates page.
  • The MPEES program has a slightly different workflow, please refer to information from your MPA.

For more details see this page: Thesis Proposal.

5. Planning report

  • When: 1–2 weeks after proposal is accepted.
  • There are some instructions under the Reports menu.

For more details see Planning Report.

6. Mandatory seminars

To help you prepare for both the writing process and the presentation of your thesis work, there are a number of seminars:

  • A mandatory seminar on Industry Collaboration and Career Advancement. The number of students for the seminar is limited (sign up on the Doodle on the seminar dates page).
  • Attend two presentations, be opponent for one other group and present your own thesis work (for details see point 8 below).

Finally there is a mandatory two-part seminar about thesis writing. You are expected to take the first seminar before you take the second. You need to sign up for the seminar that you plan to attend (see the seminar dates page), and this must be done no later than one week before the seminars take place.

  • Seminar I: This seminar is focused on basic writing skills and here you work individually and therefore you also sign up individually. The number of students for each seminar is limited to 50. Before you attend the seminar you have to do the exercises in the page Preparation for Seminar I.
  • Seminar II: This seminar is focused on your own report so before the seminar you need to have a draft of your report. Before you attend the seminar, make sure you have watched all the videos in the Preparation page for Seminar II, and have completed your peer review.

    Peer review: In seminar II you will work with another master thesis group, so you can discuss the two report drafts between you. If you want to work with a particular group, the other group has to sign up using the other Doodle line in the same seminar group (please write the names of all group members, both first name and surname in the doodle). If you don´t have a group to work with we will pair you up.
    In order for the report discussions to be meaningful, you must send your draft to the other group no less than one week before the seminar. You need to have done at least one thorough read through of your peer group's text, and bring that text and your comments/notes to the seminar. If you don´t have the contact information for the group you team up with, we can supply that. The number of students for each seminar is limited (the limit is given on the Doodle where you sign up).

Note: The Scientific Approach and Research Methods seminar has been discontinued for all students except the students in the Software Engineering programs.

7. Halftime report

  • When: ca 10 weeks after project has started.
  • Find a template for the thesis cover page here: Forms and templates.

For more details please see Halftime Report.

We assume that all students work continuously with their thesis reports. The halftime report represents the current status of your thesis report and the function of this report is to inform the examiner that the work is progressing according to plan.

8. Presentation and opposition

  • When: ca 20 weeks after project has started
  • MPEES students have a special procedure for the final presentations, please refer to information given by your MPA.

As part of the preparation for your own presentation you will listen to the oral presentation of two other master’s theses (preferably within the department, but presentations at other departments are ok if your examiner approves). You can do this towards the end of your thesis work, but it is also possible to do this in the later part of the first half of your own work, to give you an idea of how your own presentation should be carried out, and this could also assist you in the writing of your own report.

As a second step in the preparation for your own presentation you will act as opponent to another master’s thesis at the department. The thesis you oppose on should preferably be in the field of your own master program, so that you can give relevant comments. You can do this towards the end of your thesis work, but it is also possible to do this in the earlier part of the second half of your own work, to give you further knowledge on how your own presentation should be carried out. As an opponent, add your comments/questions either to a draft thesis report printout or commit them to an email that can be sent to the presenter after the presentation.

Note, that you will attend in total at least three presentations, two presentations for listening only, and one presentation as the opponent.

Finally, you will present your thesis work. You need to find an opponent and hand over the draft thesis report to the opponent at least a week before the presentation takes place. Note that your examiner has to approve your can book your presentation. You should also arrange with your supervisor, so that she/he can attend your presentation.

See the page for presentation dates and times to book your time slot for presenting your work.

Read more details on the page for presentation and opposition.

9. Final thesis report

  • When: as soon as possible after the final presentation.
  • There are some instructions under the Reports menu.
  • You have to use the CSE cover page, available from the Forms and templates page.

Considering the comments from the opponent and others, make the appropriate updates to your draft thesis report.

Once the supervisor is satisfied with the thesis report, send the report to the examiner.  Make sure that you cc your supervisor on this email.

Once the examiner has approved your report and you are done with all other compulsory elements, the examiner urkund-checks the report and emails the pdf-file to the CSE student office. The examiner signs on the work card that everything is finalized. The signed work card is to be handed in to the CSE student office (e.g. floor 4 EDIT building, Johanneberg, or the student office in Jupiter, Lindholmen).

Note: Points 4-9 require approval (signature) from the examiner or the teacher given the mandatory seminars. Make sure to bring your work card to the respecitive occation. The work card is available from the Forms and templates page.