Doing your Master Thesis at Chalmers


The task of writing your Master Thesis is both an exciting and a daunting one. It is xciting since it is possibly your first interaction with actual and pratical implementation of class room knowledge. The fact that you can exploit your knowledge to learn and to create something new is very inspiring. But at the same time, the possibility to excel brings with itself challenges and hardships and so one has to remain steady through the phase of Master thesis to make it through with flying colors.

I would strongly recommend all students to burn the midnight oil in searching for a thesis with a company. Especially international students who are aspiring to stay in Sweden would not find a better chance to get a taste of Swedish work culture and possibly create a place as an employee at the company they do their thesis for. This is a unique luxury in Sweden, where companies are very eager to hand out students thesis projects, in a bid to attract promising talent and also to find smart solutions to problems in different projects. Use the oppurutnity you get at the career fares like VARM and CHARM, to get contacts and then follow up with queries about Master thesis and other interests that you might have.

Coffe machines

Coffe machines

The kitchen for staff is also open to students writing their master thesis

The kitchen for staff is also open to students writing their master thesis

My office!

My office!

I am currently pursuing my thesis with the Department of Civil and Enviornmental engineering. The topic I am working on is something of keen interest to me and is therefore fun to work on. You can do your thesis individually or as a group of two; being in a group though is preferred by the administration. Each group has a supervisor and an examiner to guide you through. As a requirement to complete your thesis you must oppose one other thesis project and also attent the thesis seminar of two other projects. The process might seem a bit intricate but there is continous support from faculty and department, ensuring you are always taken care off.

While working with the department, we have been alotted an office which we share with another group. We are provided with a computer that has all the relevant softwares that we will need and ofcourse we are entitled to free coffee. So far things have been falling into place, courtesy some fine guidance by both the department and our supervisors. Prior to the start of the thesis we had an introductory lecture about rules, regulations and things to take particular care about like time managment and plagirism. As a support for students, three workshops will be held before the end of term, with each workshop being an interactive session helping students to outline what exactly will they do at each stage of their thesis. I have already been to one workshop and found it mighty effective.

First workshop: help us thinking clearly about our action plan for master thesis

First workshop: help us thinking clearly about our action plan for master thesis

Hope that serves as a useful overview of what you would be doing soon!