Bachelor and Master Theses

Proposing a thesis work

Company Thesis Project

Do you have ideas that you never have any time to carry out? Interesting questions or evaluation methods that you have no time to investigate? Let a final-year student get the chance to help you by offering a thesis project.


What is a thesis work?

Most higher education programmes end with a degree- or thesis project, which is normally carried out over 10 or 20 weeks. The thesis project is to be conducted on a disciplinary foundation, which briefly means that there must be scientific sources on which the work is based, that there is a theoretical model as a basis for analysis and that information is systematically collected and analysed.

During the work, students should use their knowledge in practice. The task should therefore be consistent with their field of studies. Students shall also demonstrate their ability to work independently. In practice, for the students, a thesis work is an opportunity to show their skills under supervision. It is also an opportunity to establish contacts with the labour market.

All theses are unique projects that are jointly planned by the student, representatives from the company and the university. The only requirement is that the project is sufficient to lead to a work that can be approved by the university in the end. The work is described in a written report and discussed at a public seminar open to anyone to listen to.


What is the benefit of taking on a student to do a thesis project?

By allowing one or more students to carry out their degree project in your organisation you will have the opportunity to get a problem highlighted from another perspective. Someone who, with a new pair of eyes, will inspire, come with ideas and perhaps get you to discover new possibilities.

The students are used to taking initiatives, working independently and critically scrutinising information. They also bring with them new knowledge based on current research. Moreover, they and their fellow students are potential employees.


How is this done?

The project should suit all the parties involved: the company, the university (IDT) and the student. The project can be based on a proposal from a company, a government agency or other organization. There may be problems, thoughts or ideas you want a student to investigate. The only requirement from IDT is that the project, when successful, should lead to a work that can be approved by the examiner at the university. For example, a sole implementation is not a suitable thesis work at master level. In the end, the thesis work shall be described in a report and discussed at a public seminar open to anyone to listen to.

There shall be a supervisor from the university, a supervisor at the company and an examiner from the university. You don't need to find a supervisor and an examiner at IDT, it is the student's responsibility to find them. The supervisor and examiner will follow, support the work and help you refine the scope of the work so it matches both the university and the company requirements.

The student will work independently, but will also be in need of the prerequisites for being able to carry out the assignment properly. This means that the company supervisors needs to be involved and provide guidance, time and material pertaining to the implementation of the thesis work.

When all parties agree on the thesis, the supervisor and examiner from the university approve it and make sure the registration process starts.


How shall I write a good proposal?

For the proposal, the most important is that the thesis should be exciting, contain an (intellectual) challenge for students and is linked to the studies. The proposal does not need to be very long. Try to formulate the questions you want answered or the problem you want highlighted in the simplest way possible.

For example, it is enough if the proposal contains:

  • Title of the project
  • Background (company, project)
  • Goals, problems
  • Expected outcomes
  • Project form (1 or 2 students, bachelor or master level )
  • Prerequisites
  • Period of availability
  • Contact information
A great way to get ideas and suggestions is to look at our list of currently “ Available Company Projects ”.

Submit the proposal

To submit your proposal, send a pdf file to the IDT thesis coordinator exjobb_idt_v@mdh.se. It will be added to the list of available company projects.


Does it cost anything?

A thesis work forms a part of the students’ education, and there is no requirement from the university that the project is to be done in return for payment. But students can request to receive a salary. In this case, it is a matter between the company and the individual student. However, it is customary that the employer bears the expenses in connection with dispatches, trips and similar (specific software or hardware that the students must used for the work).

The more you involve the student in the company, the greater chance there is that the student remember your company as a positive workplace. Some companies therefore try to offer extra opportunity for the students: participation in trade shows, customer visits, etc.


Can it be confidential?

Higher education institutions in Sweden have a limited ability to classify theses as they are subject to the principle of public access (“offentlighetsprincipen” in Swedish). Like a test, a thesis is a part of education, meaning that it must be carried through and approved by the university. Therefore, the work shall be submitted to the university in a formally written report and defended orally at a public seminar. The report shall be available at the university.

If the thesis project contain sensitive information that the company would like to keep confidential, it is important that you are aware of this and think about it early in the thesis process. It is generally possible to solve this issue when planned ahead. For example, confidential data can be anonymized or blackened in the report. They can also be added in a separate annex that will be removed from the copy to be submitted to the university for archiving. An alternative solution is to write two versions of the thesis report, one public report that will be submitted to the university and a classified report that will be given to the company. However, one must keep in mind that the report submitted to the university is the one that will be assessed as the thesis work. If you suspect that the result is likely to be entirely classified, the project may not be appropriate for a thesis work.

The most important is that you think about this issue before the thesis starts and that you, the student and the university (through IDT supervisor and examiner) agree on how the theses results will be handled. And of course, you will be involved in the formal report and be able to inspect the content to see that no confidential data remain before the report is submitted.


Contact

If you have a problem or question you wish to discuss you are welcome to contact the thesis coordinator at IDT exjobb_idt_v@mdh.se.


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