Master thesis

What is it about?

It is an introduction to research, and it consists on:

  • Understanding/reproducing/testing results in the scientific literature, or

  • An original calculation/analysis/design.

It may serve as the first work leading to a PhD thesis. In that case it is convenient (but not necessary) that the Master Thesis advisor coincides with the future PhD advisor.

You can find examples of Master Thesis projects from previous years here.

You may find, by clicking to the corresponding speciality below, a number of proposals for the Master thesis project:

Tutor

Each student must have a Tutor. The Tutor:

  • Must be a permanent member of the Institut de Ciències del Cosmos (ICC),

  • Provides general advice on the master's program.

Advisor

The Master's Thesis Advisor:

  • Must be an experienced researcher, not necessarily of the ICC,

  • If a permanent member of the ICC, he/she may also be the student's Tutor,

  • Takes care of the supervision of the Master's Thesis.

Evaluation

The Master's Thesis is evaluated by a committee consisting of a President, a Secretary and the Tutor. The Tutor may be replaced by the Advisor upon approval of the master’s coordination committee.

The evaluation is based on:

  • The clarity of a public exposition of the work (20’)

  • The ability to answer questions by the committee (10’)

  • The scientific quality of a written version of the work (20-30 pages)

The public exposition may be given in Catalan, Spanish or English. The use of English may be positively taken into account by the committee.

The written version must be delivered to each member of the committee at least three days before the date of the exposition, and a pdf version of it must be e-mailed to the coordinator, Tomeu Fiol, at the same time.

There is one call for expositions in early February for students who register in the TFM in the Fall term, and one call in early July for those who register in the TFM in the Spring term. Students who fail have a second chance, namely a reevaluation call. The reevaluation call for the Fall term coincides with the call of the Spring term and the reevaluation call of the Spring term will be in early September. Students may present the final master work directly at the reevaluation call, but then they do not have a second chance anymore.