Department of Engineering
Dean:Dr. Ármann Gylfason
MSc in Sustainable Energy Science - Iceland School of Energy
About majorMSc í orkuvísindum er nám hannað fyrir nemendur með ólíkan bakgrunn, t.d. viðskiptafræði, raunvísindi eða félagsvísindi sem hafa áhuga á að skilja samspil tækni, hagfræði og stefnumótunar á sviði endurnýjanlegrar orku.
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Sumar/Summer 2024
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More infoMSc ThesisCoreT-900-MEISECTS 30
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SemesterSummer 2024
Level of course6. Second cycle, advanced
Type of courseElective
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In order to graduate with an MSc from the School of Science and Engineering all students must complete a project that results in a formal thesis and a public defence of the thesis. The thesis can be submitted either in English or Icelandic and should sufficiently present a body of work commensurate with the number of credits of the particular MSc project.

While the thesis itself has to comply with the layout instructions in regard to the front, back and title pages, it can consist mainly of published or submitted research papers. In this case, a detailed summary of a length to be determined by the student’s supervisor shall be provided as an introduction to the published material, explaining the context and coherence of the work.

The official completion of the MSc thesis is signified by the student submitting the final version of the thesis, signed by himself/herself, the supervisor(s) and the examiner to the RU library as well as an electronic version (PDF) for the programme manager for publication on the RU-SSE web site.

If a student plans to graduate in a particular graduation ceremony, the following deadlines have to be respected. Should any of the deadlines below not be respected the student will have to wait for the following graduation ceremony before he/she can graduate. Students are responsible for adhering to these deadlines and are advised to deliver their work in good time.

The deadline schedule for the purpose of graduation is as follows (where t is the graduation date):
• Thesis delivered to supervisor t-32*
• Supervisor comments delivered to student t-50**
• Thesis delivered to supervisor and examiner t-40*
• Defence t-14**
• Signed final version of thesis delivered to RU library t-11**
• Grade posted to the Registrar by supervisor t-11*
• Graduation t**

* Can be modified by mutual agreement of the supervisor, student and examiner.
** Firm deadlines.
Learning outcome - Objectives
By the end of the course the candidate should be able to:
  • Independently manage, organize and successfully complete a compressive project in the field of engineering.
  • Assess complex engineering problems, identify key factors in a given situation, apply standard engineering and scientific principles to develop, design and implement an appropriate engineering solution.
  • Interpret and apply existing theories, models, methods and results, both qualitatively and quantitatively, within the field of engineering.
  • Apply research methodology, including the fundamentals of technical writing and presentation, information finding and literature search.

Course assessment
The supervisor(s) shall evaluate the thesis together with an examiner appointed by the Director of Graduate Studies. They shall also submit the candidate to an oral examination on the thesis in public. A grade shall be awarded for the thesis. The minimum grade for achieving a pass is 6.0 Equal weight shall be placed on four criteria

• Significance and originality
• Scientific and technological challenge and results
• Methodological quality
• Presentation

The examiners shall take into account the number of ECTS for the Master’s project. Thus, significantly more demands in terms of originality, quantity and scientific quality of the work are placed on the student for a 60 ECTS project than a 30 ECTS project. For a 90 ECTS project, the quality criterion shall acknowledge that, in the opinion of the examiners, the work can be published internationally in a peer-reviewed venue, give rise to patentable innovation, have resulted in a viable prospect for a commercial venture or other results of similar significance.
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Language of instructionEnglish
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