What is a master thesis?

A master thesis is the final work on an academic education and the result is presented in report form. A two-year master thesis consists of 30 credits and equals 20 weeks of full time work. A one-year master thesis consists of 15 credits and equals 10 weeks of full time work.

The thesis work can be written in cooperation with or on behalf of a company or an external organization.

When the thesis is written in collaboration with an external party, it often deals with an area or problem that the company/organization wishes to investigate. In addition to proposing a solution to a concrete problem, the student can contribute new ideas and perspectives that can be used further. This often gives students a good insight into how theoretical knowledge is applied in practice as well as opportunities for new contacts in the working life.

If the thesis is done on behalf of an external party, the same requirements are set for academic content as for all other degree projects at the department. This may be useful to keep in mind when the task is formulated so that no uncertainties arise later.

Unfortunately, we do not have the possibility to handpick students. All eventual offers or interests of collaboration from companies/organizations will reach all students.

For further discussion, please contact foretagexjobb@dsv.su.se.

Important things to think about and discuss before the thesis work begins:

  • The student owns the copyright for the thesis.
  • If an agreement is written, it should regulate who owns the project results, like patent for example. If no agreement is signed, the student owns the results. This is especially important when compensation is paid.
  • The thesis is part of the student’s examination at Stockholm University and is reported in written form and as an oral presentation. The university is an authority and therefore subject to the principle of public access to official documents. This means that the essay is an official document after the examination.
  • Usually the client is responsible for costs, such as prints, postage and travel.
  • Salary or remuneration is a matter between the student and the company/organization and completely regulated without interference from the university.

Regarding the work

  • Identify what the company/organization wants to investigate. What problem should be solved? Formulate a problem or issue that also meets the requirements for ideas for a master thesis at the department.
  • Student, together with the company/organization, defines in writing what to do and how.
  • Make a schedule for the work that fits within the framework of the thesis. Remember to allocate enough time for writing and reading literature.
  • Who will act as company/organization contact person?
  • Who owns the result?
  • How is sensitive data handled?
  • How will the completed result and the essay be presented to the company/organization?

Students will find adverts from companies and organizations in iLearn. Please note that not all adverts are in English.