Syllabus for Degree Project in Materials Engineering

Examensarbete i teknisk fysik med materialvetenskap


  • 30 credits
  • Course code: 1TE860
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Technology A2E

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G)
  • Established: 2011-05-10
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2018-08-30
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2019
  • Entry requirements:

    240 credits within the Master Programme in Materials Engineering. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

  • Responsible department: Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Learning outcomes

The aim of the degree project is to prepare the student to work as an engineer mastering a clear scientific as well as engineering approach and methodology.

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • identify and formulate technical problems,
  • independently plan and carry out an assignment within given time frames by employing scientific and engineering approaches and methodologies,
  • search, compile and use relevant literature,
  • demonstrate advanced knowledge in a specific sub-area within the field of the program,
  • present and discuss the results in a clear and correct language both orally and in writing to different target groups,
  • provide constructive criticism on others' reports.


In the degree project the student should treat and present a specific assignment.

The task should be relevant to the engineering programme that the student is to graduate from. The assignment should be chosen so that knowledge from earlier courses is applied in addition to its broadening and deepening by acquiring new knowledge necessary to carry out the work. The assignment should be possible to solve and present within the given time frame.

To achieve the goals, the student should:

  • independently, but under supervision, define a technical problem, study it, interpret and evaluate the results as well as present the work orally and in writing,
  • search, evaluate and compile information relevant to the chosen problem,
  • participate actively in seminars and, if possible, in other activities where the work is carried out,
  • comment and provide written and oral constructive criticism (in a public debate) on other students' reports and oral presentations.


Individual supervision


Oral and written presentation of the degree project (further information under Other Directives). Oral and written opposition on another degree project (normally within the same programme), or equivalent (defined by the course examiner).

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Other directives

Guidelines for the degree project are available at

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2019

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

Literature is set individually for each student after consultation with the supervisor and topic reviewer.