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Departments' graduate courses for PhD-students.


Syllabus for

Academic year
TIFX61 - Master's thesis in Physics
Syllabus adopted 2017-02-23 by Vice President (or corresponding)
Owner: TKTFY
60,0 Credits
Grading: UG - Pass, Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Bioengineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Engineering Physics
Department: 16 - PHYSICS

Teaching language: English

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0115 Diploma thesis, part A 30,0 c Grading: UG   15,0 c 15,0 c    
0215 Diploma thesis, part B 30,0 c Grading: UG   15,0 c 15,0 c    

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Bitr professor  Åke Fäldt


In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

  • Students pursuing the five-year Master of Science in Engineering/Master of Architecture education must have accrued at least 225 hec before beginning work on a thesis.
  • Students who are only taking part in the Master's programme must have accrued at least 45 hec in this programme before beginning work on a thesis.
  • In addition to the general credit requirements, the necessary prerequisite courses must be completed for the specific thesis. The examiner will formulate and monitor these prerequisite requirements.


The purpose of a thesis is to enable the student to develop deeper knowledge, understanding, capabilities and attitudes in the context of the programme of study. The thesis should be written at the end of the programme and offers the opportunity to delve more deeply into and synthesise knowledge acquired in previous studies. A thesis for a Master of Science in Engineering/Master of Architecture or Master of Science programmes should place emphasis on the technical/scientific/artistic aspects of the subject matter

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

The learning objectives for a thesis are based on the objectives for Master of Science in Engineering/ Architecture/Master of Science degrees formulated in Chalmers' local Master's degree procedures. (Diarienummer: C2007/723).

Specific learning objectives that are to be fulfilled in the master's thesis are that the student should be able to:
  • in their project use essential in-depth knowledge of the major subject/field of study and, in a scientifically correct way, relate to current research and development work;
  • choose and state one's reasons for selecting their project method with respect to the major subject/field of study;
  • contribute to research and development work, and be able to relate their work to relevant scientific or technical/industrial/architectonic contexts;
  • based on a holistic view, critically, independently and creatively identify, formulate and deal with complex issues;
  • plan and, with adequate methods, carry out qualified tasks within the designated framework and also be able to evaluate this work;
  • create, analyse and critically evaluate different technical/architectonic solutions;
  • critically and systematically integrate knowledge;
  • present and discuss their conclusions as well as the knowledge and arguments these are based upon both in spoken and written English;
  • within the framework for the specific project, identify which issues need to be addressed for relevant societal, ethical and ecological factors to be observed, and
  • observe and discuss ethical aspects of research and development work, both pertaining to how the work is carried out as well as what it explores/develops;
  • identify and discuss needs for further elucidation of different project aspects before decision-making or project realisation, when relevant

Upon completion of the degree work, the student shall have demonstrated such knowledge and ability as are required to work independently as a Master of Architecture/Master of Science in Engineering/ Master of Science.


  • The thesis is to be written by a single student or two students working together.
  • The student(s) contact an examiner or the MPA can suggest an examiner.
  • Student(s) formulate a brief written description of the topic for the thesis. This description must be included with the registration documentation. The description should contain the background, purpose, objective and possibly the method.
  • The examiner will ensure that the students meet the requirements for general and specific prerequisites for the thesis and that the proposed topic for the thesis meets the general intended learning outcomes for theses. The examiner signs the registration documentation.
  • The MPA ensures that the thesis falls within the main subject of the Master's programme and signs the registration documentation. The MPA sends the registration documentation to the Student and Education Office.
  • The Student and Education Office completes the registration in Ladok.

  • The students must write a planning report providing a detailed description of the problem/task. The planning report must contain the background, purpose, objective, scope, method and timetable for completion of the thesis. The planning report is submitted to the examiner for approval.

  • The students are entitled to guidance during the course of their work.

Interim reporting
  • After twenty working weeks on a 60 hec thesis, the student(s) must report the status of their work to the examiner and the MPA. An approved interim report results in 30 hec being registered in Ladok.

Written report
  • The thesis must be written in English.
  • The cover, etc., of the thesis must be formulated according to the instruction and templates at "Design and Publish master Thesis" at Chalmers. See
  • The thesis must be parsed using anti-plagiarism software.
  • Chalmers' policies regarding open access and confidentiality apply to the work on the thesis and to publishing the report. See Chalmers' working procedure C2008/271.
  • The thesis must be published electronically in Chalmers Publication Library (CPL) according to the applicable rules for electronic publication of theses at Chalmers.
  • When two students work jointly on a thesis, the division of the work must be clearly stated in the thesis.

Oral presentation
  • The oral presentation begins with the students describing their work. This is followed by a defense of their findings, guided by the opposing examiners (other students), and a discussion.
  • The oral presentation must be made in English. This presentation may not take more than 60 minutes, of which approximately 1/3 of the time should be devoted to a defense of the thesis and discussion.
  • At the time of the oral presentation, the written thesis must be completed but not published. This is to make it possible to include viewpoints that arise during the oral presentation to be incorporated into the thesis.
  • The oral presentation, including a defense of the thesis, must be done at Chalmers. Any additional presentations can be made at a company or other external organisation, if necessary. In exceptional cases, for example, if thesis research has been conducted abroad, the examiner may grant a dispensation from the requirement for an oral presentation, defense of the findings in the thesis and presence at other presentations at Chalmers.
  • The presentation of the thesis must be announced at the department at least two weeks prior to the date of the presentation. The presentation must be held in the period between August 15 and June 15, during normal office hours.


For a thesis to be approved, the following stages must be completed:
  • An approved planning report
  • An approved thesis
  • An approved presentation and defense of the thesis
  • Approved opposition of another thesis
  • Attendance of the presentation and defense of two other theses
For a 60 hec thesis, an interim report must be submitted when the work has reached the halfway point. The examiner will decide on the form for the interim report. When the interim report has been approved, 30 hec will be registered in Ladok.

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