SMIMIL014E Master's project
The master’s project is typically based on empirical data
derived from experimental work, interviews or otherwise collected
material. The master’s project typically consists of an evaluation
and discussion of the data in relation to relevant literature
as well as a conclusion on the result of the project. The
project topic can be an investigation of a particular activity,
implementation of an activity in a company, or a study of a
particular scientific problem. In any event, the selected subject
should be put into the context of the entire drug development
process to the extent possible.
Project work should preferably be conducted at the student's
workplace. If that is not possible, the Study Board will help the
student with contacts to a relevant place of study. The written
report will be supervised by at least one teacher from the Faculty
of Health and Medical Sciences (Faculty supervisor) and preferably
also by an employee from the company or institution hosting the
master's project (external supervisor).
Before commencing the master's project, the student should sign a master's project agreement. The master's project agreement should be send by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The company at which the project is conducted may require a
declaration of confidentiality by the student, supervisors and
potentially also the external examiner. In this event, the
master's project is confidential.
Master’s projects can be carried out in groups of no more than two students. Any group work must be approved by the supervisor as a part of the master's project agreement. If a Master’s project is written by a group of students, the oral examination must be individual and the student may only attend the examination of the other students in the group if his or her examination has been held.
Half-way through the project, the student is encouraged to make an oral presentation (approx. 30 min.) on project status, a so-called mid-term assessment, to the supervisors and other relevant persons.
The master's project must be written in English. The final oral examination is usually conducted in English, but may be conducted in Danish, if the examinee, examiner and external examiner agree.
All master’s projects must have an abstract in English (compulsary) and may include an abstract in Danish (optional). The abstract must be maximum one A4 page. The abstract must summarize the research question, the methods used, important findings, a discussion if relevant, and a conclusion. The abstract will be included in the overall assessment of the master's project.
The cover page of the master’s project must include the title in English, and subtitle if relevant, the student’s name, study programme, the year, the name or names of supervisor/s, department but not the student’s civil registration (CPR) number. The master’s project is handed in to the Faculty supervisor in four copies.
When finishing the master project and the subsequent the student is able to:
plan and carry out a practice-oriented research project that can help strengthen part of an industrial drug development process
formulate a scientific research question/hypothesis
write a statement of purpose
use relevant scientific theory, methods and empirical data when conducting a research project and to justify the choices made
describe the research work conducted as well as the results achieved and conclusions in a way that is clear and understandable
make a critical analysis with a balanced discussion of theory and method in relation to the empirical data selected
make an oral presentation and discussion of the completed project.
- Project work
- 12 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written assignment, Approximately 6 monthsOral defence, Approximately 1 1/2 hourWritten report (25-40 pages). The oral defence (approximately 1 1/2 hours) consists of an oral presentation of approximately 20-30 minutes and subsequent discussion.
- Exam registration requirements
- The master’s project should complete the programme.
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- External censorship
Criteria for exam assesment
Grade 12 is given for an excellent project showing high-level command of all aspects of the project topic, with no or only a few minor weaknesses.
Grade 7 is given for a good project displaying good command of the project topic, with some weaknesses.
Grade 02 is given for a project meeting only the minimum requirements for acceptance