The 2-year Master’s programmes in Architecture (MARK) and Sustainable Urban Design (SUDes) at LTH both concludes with a degree project, to be completed within the following 30-credit course:
- AAHM10 - Degree Project in Architecture (Masterexamensarbete i Ariktektur)
- ASBM01 - Degree Project in Sustainable Urban Design (Masterexamensarbete i Hållbar Stadsgestaltning)
The degree project constitutes a further deepening within your specialisation in MARK: Advanced Architectural Design, Human Shelter - Urban Spaces or Spatial Experiments or in SUDes: Sustainable Urban Design
The thesis work should conclude the programme. No more than 44 out of 120 credits may be missing when you start your degree project. On the Lund University Student Portal (www.student.lu.se), you can make sure you have all the courses from semester 1-3 (at least 76 credits), which, in addition to the thesis, must be included in the architectural degree.
In the degree project you must demonstrate the ability to apply and collate the knowledge and skills you have acquired in the main areas of the Master’s programme. You choose the theme/topic/focus yourself. You must, within the given time frame, show your ability to critically identify, manage and problematize complex issues, using adequate methods and/or theories, independently and creatively implement and evaluate advanced creative tasks within your own program of work, as well as communicate and discuss your work and its underlying issues, ideas, knowledge and arguments.
In addition to the project work, the degree project includes a presentation at a public occasion, exhibition of the thesis, opposition at another student's presentation, and a report, which must be archived and posted on LUP Student Papers (Lund University's database of theses and essays).
1. Notification of the degree project
First, check up that you met the formal admission requirements (76 credits finalized in Ladok) by your international coordinator, who will then sign their completion on LTH's form "Enrolment form – Degree Project".
2. Discussion with examiner and registration of degree project
The process starts with an exploratory conversation between you and the examiner, who must be assured that you have the relevant prerequisites, and a discussion about potential supervisors. You should also write a brief description (program) of the degree project’s objective, expected content and schedule (1-2 A4 pages). You also have to contact your supervisor. When your description/policy document is approved by the examiner and supervisor, this shall be signed on LTH's form "Enrolment form – Degree Project". Once all the information has been filled in, the form must be submitted along with the brief description, to the international coordinator, after which you will be registered on the degree project course. The international coordinator will inform you and the course administration at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment when the registration is done.
Each student must oppose on another student’s degree project. It is advisable to choose an opposition opportunity at the beginning of your own degree process, when you will have the most benefit from it. The opposition involves attending a presentation, being well-informed and prepared to comment on the degree project.
Within one week after the opposition, you must submit written comments and reflection on the degree project and the opposition (about 1000 words) to the course administration. Remember to include the thesis title, student’s name, examiner’s name, supervisor’s name, and names of the jury members, your own name and the date of the presentation. The student you opposed for will receive a copy of your written opposition document.
Report/reading materials will be available one week before the presentation via the course administration, who receives your notice of opposition. Once you have submitted the written opposition, it will be certified with a signature on the MARK Degree Project Activity Form by the course administration (SUDes students are to use the MARK Degree Project Activity Form until further noticed).
4. Mid-way Seminar
Mid-way through the process you should present and discuss your half-way results with a group of students and teachers. This discussion will be chaired by your supervisor and take place as a common meeting in mid-March. Participation in this seminar will be noted and signed on your MARK Degree Project Activity Form.
5. Registration for the presentation/examination
No later than four weeks before the scheduled examination, you must register with the course administrator (after getting an OK from the examiner) by submitting a brief description of the thesis (max 300 words editable text in a Word document) and a digital picture (JPEG). This material will be used for advertising the examination on the department's website.
6. Report/reading materials
No later than one week before the presentation, you must make your thesis available online by uploading it to a special LU Box created for your examination (pdf format, maximum 20 MB). If the degree project is very voluminous, the material must be summarised and uploaded with a main part and additional attachments, or in some other way be made easily available (discuss this with your supervisor/examiner).
After the presentation of the thesis, the assessment team deliberates and the examiner then announces the outcome, which is noted and signed on your MARK Degree Project Activity Form. The work shall then be showcased immediately after the presentation (site will be directed).
8. Final report
A final report must be approved by the examiner, which then is noted and signed on your MARK Degree Project Activity Form.
9. Report delivery
As soon as possible after the presentation, you must deliver two physical reports and a digital version of print quality to the course administrator. The report shall be filed at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, and then be available as a reference copy in the Library of Architecture and Design. A printing grant of maximum 2000 SEK is offered if the report is submitted for printing no later than 2 months after oral presentation and approval.
When your MARK Degree Project Activity Form, with each step (1-9) completed and signed, is submitted, your passing result can successfully be entered in Ladok.
Your degree project report will then be published in LUP Student Papers (Lund University's database of theses and essays). Library of Architecture and Design can assist in the post process.