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30 ECTS E-learning, Fieldwork site(s), Other Year 2 Semester 4 Compulsory Integrative/inter/transdisciplinary


The MSc Programme in Global Forestry with a specialisation in Livelihoods and Governance includes a thesis corresponding to 30 ECTS, as described in Appendix 2, to the shared curriculum at the Faculty of Science.

The thesis must be written within the academic scope of the programme. It must include at least one month of fieldwork in a middle or low-income country. Subject to available funding, students will obtain financial support for thesis fieldwork if they have completed all compulsory courses.

The thesis can be combined with an internship at international organisations, NGOs, universities or similar.

Theses on degree programmes taught in English must be written in English. The thesis must be accompanied by a summary/abstract in Danish or English.

If the thesis is written in Danish, Swedish or Norwegian, it must contain an abstract in English. If the thesis is written in English, it must contain a summary/abstract in Danish, Swedish, Norwegian or English.

The language used to defend the thesis must match the language of the thesis.

The student must register for the thesis by completing a thesis contract via the Self Service system. The status of the contract must be changed ‘ready for approval’ prior to the registration deadline for the block, in which the student will start the thesis. A thesis contract setting out the thesis framework and content is drawn up prior to commencing the thesis. The thesis contract must be approved by the student, the main supervisor, the head of studies and the head of the department at which the supervisor is employed. The head of studies is responsible for approving the academic part of the thesis contract, including the problem formulation and plan for supervision. The plan for supervision must be submitted in the digital thesis contract under the field ‘Other information’.

The approval of the head of department is not required on inter-faculty degree programmes where the student chooses to write their thesis at a faculty other than the Faculty of Science.
Before completing the thesis contract, the student(s) and the main supervisor must agree a plan for the thesis supervision that covers issues including the following: how often and how supervision is to be carried out, what is expected of the supervisor and the student(s) at supervision meetings, conditions concerning the collection of primary data/experimental work, and general mutual expectations for the working relationship.

The main thesis supervisor must be ‘internal’, i.e. employed at the Faculty of Science. In order to function as the main supervisor, the person in question must meet the following three criteria:
• Employment at the Faculty of Science (this definition also covers contracts for affiliate associate professors and affiliate professors)
• PhD qualification or similar
• Requisite pedagogical skills.

For degree programmes at the Faculty of Science, the following groups of employees fulfil the aforementioned criteria:
• Professors
• Associate professors and external lecturers
• Teaching associate professors
• Teaching lecturers
• Postdocs
• Assistant professors
• Senior researchers, senior consultants and senior advisers
• Affiliate associate professors and affiliate professors

PhD students may not take on the role of signatory supervisor, but they may handle practical advisory assignments (e.g. as co-supervisor). In cases of doubt, the head of department will decide whether a potential supervisor fulfils the criteria.

If the thesis is completed at an external institution (e.g. a company), the student must have an internal main supervisor from one of the departments at the Faculty of Science and a supervisor from the external institution. The internal main supervisor acts as the internal examiner and has formal responsibility for the quality of the thesis supervision vis-à-vis the University. The supervisor from the external institution participates in the planning of the thesis studies in collaboration with the internal main supervisor

When approving the thesis contract, the head of studies ensures that the main supervisor has the requisite academic qualifications within the field of the thesis topic.

Learning outcomes

The purpose of the thesis is to allow students to demonstrate their ability to work independently with an academic topic which is key to the academic profile of the individual MSc programme.

Teaching and learning methods

The master’s thesis is prepared as full-time study. The thesis period follows the schedule below.

Start block    Start date      Deadline for submission       Assessment deadline

Block 3              31 January        31 May                                              30 June

Block 4              15 April              15 August                                          15 September

Block 1               20 August         20 December                                    31 January

Block 2               15 November    15 March                                           15 April

If the master’s thesis period does not follow the schemes below – due to an exemption that extends the period or failed exam attempts – the assessment deadline is 4 weeks from the submission date. If the master’s thesis is submitted in July, the assessment deadline is 6 weeks from the submission date. If the thesis is submitted in July, the assessment deadline is 6 weeks from submission.

The prescribed placement of the thesis in the programme will be stated in the programme-specific curriculum. If the thesis is not commenced in line with the prescribed curriculum, the thesis may be started coinciding with any block start, according to the table below.

The thesis cannot be started before the second academic year.

Type of assessment

  • Individual
  • Written exam
  • Individual theses

    Group theses

    The thesis can be carried out individually or by groups of up to four students.

    The thesis is assessed by an external examiner, and a grade is given (7-point grading scale). A single grade is given for the thesis report and the oral defence. In addition to assessing the academic content of the thesis, where the abstract is included on a par with the other components, the examiners will also assess the student’s spelling and writing proficiency, see Clause 7.6. This applies regardless of which language the thesis is written in, as capacity to communicate the subject matter is included in the overall assessment.
    The grade must be awarded on the same day as the thesis defence is held.


  • Location : E-learning, Fieldwork site(s), Other
  • ECTS granting : University of Copenhagen
  • Organisation : University of Copenhagen


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