Degree of Master of Science (120 credits)

Scope

A Degree of Master (120 credits) is obtained after the student has completed course requirements of 120 credits with a certain area of specialisation determined by each higher education institution itself, including at least 60 credits with in-depth studies in the main field of study. In addition, the student must hold a Degree of Bachelor, a Degree of Bachelor of Arts in…, a professional degree worth at least 180 credits or an equivalent foreign qualification. Exceptions may be made to the requirement of a previous qualification for a student who has been admitted to the educational programme without having had basic eligibility in the form of a qualification. However, this does not apply if in the admissions process an exception has been made under Chapter 7, Section 28, second paragraph on the grounds that there has been insufficient time to issue a qualification certificate.

Objectives

Knowledge and understanding

For a Degree of Master (120 credits) students must
 

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding in their main field of study, including both broad knowledge in the field and substantially deeper knowledge of certain parts of the field, together with deeper insight into current research and development work; and
  • demonstrate deeper methodological knowledge in their main field of study.

Skills and abilities

For a Degree of Master (120 credits) students must
 

  • demonstrate an ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge and to analyse, assess and deal with complex phenomena, issues and situations, even when limited information is available;
  • demonstrate an ability to critically, independently and creatively identify and formulate issues and to plan and, using appropriate methods, carry out advanced tasks within specified time limits, so as to contribute to the development of knowledge and to evaluate this work;
  • demonstrate an ability to clearly present and discuss their conclusions and the knowledge and arguments behind them, in dialogue with different groups, orally and in writing, in national and international contexts; and
  • demonstrate the skill required to participate in research and development work or to work independently in other advanced contexts.

Judgement and approach

For a Degree of Master (120 credits) students must
 

  • demonstrate an ability to make assessments in their main field of study, taking into account relevant scientific, social and ethical aspects, and demonstrate an awareness of ethical aspects of research and development work;
  • demonstrate insight into the potential and limitations of science, its role in society and people’s responsibility for how it is used; and
  • demonstrate an ability to identify their need of further knowledge and to take responsibility for developing their knowledge.

Independent project (degree project)

For a Degree of Master (120 credits) students must have completed an independent project (degree project) worth at least 30 credits in their main field of study, within the framework of the course requirements. The independent project may comprise less than 30 credits, but not less than 15 credits, if the student has already completed an independent project at the second level worth at least 15 credits in their main field of study, or an equivalent project in a foreign educational programme.

Other

For a Degree of Master (120 credits) with a certain area of specialisation more precise requirements are also to apply, as determined by each higher education institution itself within the framework of the requirements in this qualification description.

Local qualification description

For a degree of Master (120 credits) to be awarded by Chalmers, students must have
 

  • satisfied the course requirements worth at least 90 credits on an advanced level, including a degree project worth 30 or 60 credits.
  • normally presented the written degree project in English
  • satisfied the requirements for courses worth at least 15 credits and a degree project worth 30 credits, examined at Chalmers or at a university or college with which Chalmers has a special agreement. In addition to the degree project at least 15 credits must be on an advanced level. Alternatively, the degree project shall comprise 60 credits.

A degree is normally awarded following completion of the course programme. Programme-specific education objectives and compulsory items are included in the syllabus, which is confirmed by the head of education in the area in question.

Degree designation

The degree designation is degree of Master of Science (120 credits) (Teknologie masterexamen). The text on the certificate states that it is a Master's programme along with any specialisation which the student has completed and any minor subject studied.

Published: Thu 01 Oct 2009. Modified: Thu 17 Sep 2015