Finished all the theory? Including labs and minors? Now it’s time for your graduation project. Apply the principles of the program to a real-life industrial setting. Use your technical aptitude. Prove your ability to manage a project. And show your skills in communicating, reporting and presenting.
All master graduation projects are motivated by real-life problems. In most cases, the graduation project-related research is carried out at a company. That means a representative of the company is involved to verify:
(1) whether the thesis results match the expectations of the company.
(2) whether the rated aspects of the master graduation project are relevant for the company.
This gives us valuable feedback on the professional requirements for the intended learning outcomes.
The problem to be solved requires an understanding and active analysis of distinctive disciplines. The project will always include the step from a real-life problem to a more abstract representation of the problem. This restricted representation of the real world is then the basis for the problem analysis. How will you go about this? Using the tools and methods you’ve learned about in the modules.
The problem analysis then leads to a problem solution. Finally, conclusions are drawn about the extent to which the problem has been solved and the objectives fulfilled.
During a period of 5-6 months (study load of 840 hours) you will complete a project in an industrial and/or research environment. This project will be supervised by a HAN staff member and an industrial supervisor from the supporting company.
This project will require you to prove your ability to manage a project. You will also need to demonstrate your skills in communicating, reporting and presenting.
You’ll conclude the project by writing a major project, which you will present in an oral examination to a panel. On the panel will be your two supervisors, a further examiner (HAN) and an external expert.
Your choice of setting
You can do your graduation project at the company or institution of your choice. There are conditions though. The company needs to be able to provide a proper assignment, working environment and support. You may also opt to complete the project in a research setting. At HAN University of Applied Sciences or at one of our many partner universities.