The master thesis is equivalent to 30 ECTS points and is an independently written assignment that concludes the Master Programme. In the work with the thesis the student establishes and completes an extensive research project and reflect the work in scientific writing.
Your thesis contribution should be positioned in between design, research, or organisation. For example, you can do a ‘research through design’ project, where you construct artefacts to develop ITPD related theories; you can use artefacts as a means of engagement in a larger organisation; or you can research how organisations practice and understand design. This is a great opportunity to pursue a direction that aligns with your interest, to demonstrate and develop your gathered skills, competences, and knowledge from the first three semesters.
The thesis should introduce a relevant topic of inquiry, articulate a research question, and contribute with a reply to this question. The structure in between these phases should have clear transitions, decisions should be transparent, ‘design’ in its broadest sense should be used, your responsibilities in the project should be clear, and the topic and contribution should be relevant in the light of related ITPD theories.
Depending on the particular thesis project chosen, the emphasis on the areas will differ.
Students with a focus on design can elect to do a thesis with a design emphasis; For instance developing a product for a company using a User Centered Design approach.
Students with a more reflective interest may choose to focus on research, for example in how we can generate new knowledge about design.
Students' experience in organising and facilitating a design process in a team can lead to an organisational thesis; for example about how design events can be staged effectively within a company or an organization.
The 4th semester is completely dedicated to the thesis work, but already in the 3rd semester you will be encouraged to do small experiments in the different courses as well as start a collaboration with a company, which will contribute to your thesis work.