Master's examination for PhD students in a 4+4 programme

As a general rule, the master’s thesis concludes the master's program. Admission to the PhD programme is given on the basis of a completed master's programme. It is therefore not allowed to use material from the master's thesis in the PhD thesis. At the Faculty of Engineering, a master's thesis, at best, can be viewed as a preliminary study to the PhD project and can only be used in the PhD thesis as a source of reference.

Before the end of the fourth semester, i.e. before the end of the second year of the PhD study, the student must pass the master's examination. The student’s principal supervisor shall organize the course of study so that the student’s PhD studies are not delayed.

The master’s study must be completed according to the rules governed by the study board of the faculty. Please see the rules regarding this in the General Curriculum for the Master’s study.

The master’s thesis can have the extend of 45 ECTS. The students must register for the “course” or “module” called “4+4 master’s thesis” for the summer exam 22 months after enrollment and make a master’s thesis contract.

Passing the master’s examination entitles the student to earn the title of Master of Engineering and to continue his/her PhD programme, if the grade criterion for admission is fulfilled.

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