Guidelines for Master’s Degree – Nature of Research in Thesis Study Track


The purpose of Master’s research is to train the student in research methods, including critical literature survey, conducting limited-scope research, and submitting a thesis. The research may be theoretical or experimental, basic or applied, while emphasizing the scientific analytical approach. The number of credits for research is twenty.

Comprehensive Engineering Project

The purpose of the project is to train the student in engineering design methods, including critical literature survey, managing a project, and submitting a thesis, while emphasizing the applied engineering approach. The project will be a comprehensive engineering project dedicated to engineering design, theoretical or critical engineering analysis, lab or field experimentation, critical survey of methods or existing knowledge which involve advancing existing understanding, expanding on that which is known, and such. The number of credits for the project is twenty.

Final Paper

The purpose of the final paper is consolidation of the knowledge acquired by the student through applying theoretical knowledge in applied problem solving, detailed analysis of a research question and means of resolution, including critical literature survey, or by resolution of a limited research question, such as: conducting of and detailed reporting on complex research within the framework of a group study. The final thesis will be theoretical, computational, or experimental. The number of credits for the final thesis is twelve.

Under justified circumstances, and with the Committee’s recommendation and the school’s authorization, a student’s study track can be changed.

Guidelines for Doctorate Degree

Nature of the Research

The research will be original, theoretical or experimental, basic or applied, while emphasizing the analytical and scientific approach, and with significantly less guidance than that for a Master’s research. The candidates must prove that they are qualified to conduct research, and their ability to conduct original research of value. Additionally, they must prove that they have the initiative, imagination, investigative character, judgement, and diligence necessary for independent research. The research will be considered of value if it is on such a level that it can be published in a reputable international scientific journal, and if it significantly advances the knowledge and understanding of its field.