Master thesis

Course Code :2011WETMAP
Study domain:Computer Science
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:1st/2nd semester
Contact hours:0
Credits:30
Study load (hours):840
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:English
Exam period:exam in the 1st and/or 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Jan Broeckhove
Toon Calders
Kris Laukens
Chris Blondia
Dirk Janssens
Serge Demeyer
Floris Geerts
Benny Van Houdt
Bart Goethals
Hans Vangheluwe
Steven Latré
Jeroen Famaey

3. Course contents *

The Master's Thesis forms the concluding part of the Master in Computer Science. During its course the student applies the different competencies obtained throughout his academic programme in order to address a specific research question. During the course of the thesis you are supervised in accordance with the chosen subject matter and associated research activities. Specifics related to the process of executing the Master's thesis can be found in the "Guidelines Master Thesis Computer Science" document (see Blackboard). 

  • What? The Master’s Thesis serves as an aptitude test for the Master in Computer Science. Its final deliverable, the thesis document, is an original written text that is to demonstrate the student’s theoretical insight in and practical experience with the methods, techniques and tools that are applied in scientific research within a particular subdomain of Computer Science. The research activities related to the thesis can be executed within the context of a research group within the Master of Computer Science, or within a external organisation (e.g. a company). In the latter case, the Master's Thesis is linked to an internship within said company and an additional external supervisor. This internship is independent from the courses Research Internship I & II.  
  • When? Students are obliged to work on their thesis during the entire academic year, given the magnitude of the work. Therefore, the subject and promotor choice can already be prepared in the year that precedes the Master’s Thesis; in any case the choice has to be made in the first weeks of the academic year in which you enroll for the Master’s Thesis. The registration of the selection of the promotor and the subject through Blackboard is to be completed before the end of the fourth week of the first semester of the academic year in which you enrol for the Master’s thesis at the latest and at the start of that academic year at the earliest. The procedure can be found on Blackboard.
  • Who? The following individuals are involved in the Master's Thesis:
    • The promotor, a member of the university’s faculty (Zelfstandig Academisch Personeel (ZAP)), takes responsibility for the proper guidance of the process that leads to the submission and defense of a student’s thesis. The promotor selects reviewers, organizes the thesis’ defense and takes responsibility for a fair assessment of the thesis. At least one of the promotors of Research Internship I & II, and the Master thesis should be different from the other two; that is: is not allowed to have the same promotor for all three courses : Research Internship I, Research Internship II, and the master thesis.
    • An optional co-promotor is an expert in the thesis’ domain who can take shared responsibility for the quality of the thesis’ content. 
    • An assistant is a member of the Teaching Assistants (Assisterend Academisch Personeel (AAP)) or Research Assistants (Bijzonder Academisch Personeel (BAP)) of the university who can be the student’s first point of contact for guidance. 
    • An internship supervisor is a member of an organization outside of the university that has commissioned an internship within the context of which a Master’s Thesis can be completed. 
    • reviewer is a person that takes shared responsibility for assessing the thesis. A reviewer needs to have obtained at least a Master’s degree. 
  • Types? Typically, a Master thesis in Computer Science will be one of the following types (consult the Master Dissertation guidelines in Blackboard for more information on each type):
    • Feasibility Study 
    • Case Study
    • Comparative Study 
    • Literature Study
    • Formal Model
    • Simulation
    • Process Evaluation