MCT4091 – 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 in collaboration with the supervisor, or be selected from a list of proposed topics by external partners. 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, including designing and operationalizing a research proposal.
  • be able to find and work with various kinds of sources, collect and critically interpret relevant empirical data, and apply appropriate theoretical and/or conceptual frameworks.
  • have developed 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


The course consists of:

  • Thesis project carried out with an internal supervisor and possibly in connection with an external partner.
  • 3 workshops of 4 hours for selection of thesis topic and development of a proposal.
  • 10 seminars of 2 hours to present and discuss the status of thesis projects.

In order to qualify for the exam, students must submit the thesis supervision agreement within the given deadline and participate in the compulsory activities. Read more about compulsory activities here.


Master's thesis.

See MCT Master's thesis - guidelines and submission.

Submit assignments in Inspera

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

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

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

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

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, 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






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