Master's Thesis

Students are required to do independent research and write a 45 ECTS credits master thesis. This takes place in the second year. 

Finding a topic for your thesis

Developing the thesis, as well as finding an advisor, is done in close cooperation with the program director. They also provide a list of possible thesis topics to choose from. Students do not need to have their thesis topic ready before they start the program.Most of the core courses are taught during the autumn semester, this is a perfect time to get an inspiration for a thesis topic. Students have access to instructors, both in class and during office hours, to discover opportunities.

Developing a thesis

The development of the thesis begins at the beginning of the program through the Autumn seminar. This is a one credit course taught throughout the autumn semester (the only course that is not taught in module form), where students learn about research design and academic writing.

At the beginning of the spring term, students take the course Applied Methodology. During this three week course, students explore suitable methods for the thesis topic and future research activities.

Finding an advisor

Our students have great freedom to pick topics and advisors for their thesis project or in cooperation with the program director. The advisor can be an instructor from the program, but can also come from universities, research institutions or the working world across the globe. Please note that the thesis advisor needs to be approved by the master's program committee.

Writing the thesis! You can choose, Ísafjörður, Iceland or anywhere in the world

You have the freedom to choose a topic anywhere in the world. A growing number of second year students, up to 50%, decide to stay here in the Westfjords while writing their thesis. For those who want to write about the Westfjords, UW assists connecting students to institutions and companies in the region.

 

As the master's programme in Coastal Communities and Regional Development is just starting, there are yet no master's theses in the directory Skemman.is. But in the link below you can access theses written in the paralell CMM program: