MCT4090 – Master's Thesis in Music, Communication and Technology

Course content

The Master's thesis is a research-based academic report based on individual research in the area of music, communication and technology. The topic of the thesis may be chosen by the student alone, in collaboration with the supervisor, or together with an industrial partner. In any case, the topic must represent a challenge within the topical areas of the MCT programme and be approved by the supervisor. It is required that the student adheres to research ethical practices, and that the project relates to and contributes to the existing research literature. The project can include practical elements, but the thesis must also include a literature review, theoretical discussion, methodological reflection and aesthetic evaluation.

Learning outcome

Having completed the course the student will:

  • have acquired in-depth, expert knowledge in their field of research.
  • be familiar with planning and conducting research, finding and working with various kinds of sources and presenting their research findings in a scholarly manner.
  • be able to conduct independent and original research.
  • be able to collect and critically interpret relevant empirical data and apply appropriate theoretical and/or conceptual frameworks.
  • be capable of designing and operationalizing a research proposal.
  • have developed excellent academic writing, argumentative and presentation skills.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

Admission to the masters programme Music, Communication and Technology, and passing grades in the compulsory courses in MCT.


The course consists of:

  • thesis seminars during which all students will present their own project and be an opponent to two of the other students projects.
  • the thesis project, preferably carried out in connection to an external partner and with a supervisor from one or both universities.

Compulsory requirements:

  • Master thesis agreement, signed by the student and the supervisor.
  • The student must continuously be able to present the project status to the supervisor and demonstrate that the project can be completed according to the current project plan or, alternatively, adjust the plan accordingly to ensure a successful outcome.
  • Present the thesis project in a thesis seminar with opposition from two other students.
  • Be an opponent for two other thesis projects in a thesis seminar.


Master's thesis.

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit your assignment.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination


Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Withdrawal from an examination

A master’s thesis that is not passed may be resubmitted only once, and then within the agreed time and in revised form. A master’s thesis that is passed may not be resubmitted in revised form.

If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Spring and autumn

This course will run for the first time in the spring semester 2020.


Spring and autumn

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