Master Projects

Scientific analysis of self-selected project

The purpose of the preparation of the master project is that the student must demonstrate knowledge, skills and competences obtained during military studies. This is done by independently identifying and delineating an issue that has relevance to and relation to practice, to conduct an empirical and theoretical examination of this, and to carry out an independent and critically reflected analysis and assessment of both solution proposals and solution processes.

The master project must demonstrate academic overview and insight with regard to being able to use scientific methods in solving practical military-related problems, which must be presented in a linguistically and content-clearly formulated and predisposed form.

In addition, the module, based on the military and security policy conditions and dynamics that have characterized the most important armed conflicts and wars in the past decade, must provide the student with insight into the main war-theoretical issues and approaches.


The prerequisite for enrollment in the master project is that the student has passed the first 45

ECTS of the Master’s program.

Learning Objectives

After the completion of the module, the student will have acquired the following knowledge, skills and competencies:


  • Has knowledge and understanding of a self-defined, delimited issue through the use of theories and methods based on the highest international research in the field of military discipline.
  • Has knowledge of and can account for relevant theories, methods and issues related to the subject area and the chosen problem.
  • Can identify and reflect on the scientific basis of the subject of the master project, including demonstrating a critical understanding of the methodological basis.
  • Have a general knowledge of the wars and conflicts of the past few decades, with emphasis on Danish defense deployments, including on new technology, organization and doctrine.
  • Have a general knowledge of the main forms of war theory (basic

research issues, main “schools” and the most prominent theorists).


  • Can process, analyze and evaluate a larger complex military-relevant issue

unambiguous and convincing.

  • Can justify, choose and apply a relevant theoretical perspective, methods and analytical tools as well as treat empirical data and set up models or solution proposals for the chosen problem in the master project.
  • Can disseminate the research results to peers and discuss the military-related issues and derivative solutions.
  • Using war theory, assess military, academic, journalistic and political sources of knowledge of the past decade’s wars and armed conflicts with both military and strategic and managerial purposes.
  • Using war theoretical concepts and theories could analyze and convey strategic thinking and operational methods in today’s wars and armed conflicts.


  • Can use and develop solution models within the subject area of the master project

complex issues with utility for professional work.

  • Can initiate and implement a professional and professional cooperation of a military subject within the thematic framework of the master project.
  • Can take responsibility for one’s own academic competence and can independently identify and structure the need for acquiring academic knowledge and specialization in relation to the chosen subject area in the master project.
  • Independently or in an interdisciplinary collaboration with others to be able to make larger ones

analysis work of military issues and critically-reflected apply theories of war in this work.

The scope and form requirements of the project

The Master’s project is prepared individually and written in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish or English. The project must be provided with an abstract of 1⁄2 – 1 page scope. The abstract is made in English.

The master project amounts to 15 ECTS points and must have a scope of 40 – 45 pages. A standard page is defined under item. 5.8.


The module includes:

  • A preparatory war theoretical course of 3 ECTS, in which the constituent war theory is offered as a mandatory tool. This is carried out at the beginning of the program, so that the student can relate to the theoretical theory of the individual modules in the rest of the program, and can think of the learning from the modules into the framework of a final master project. The module concludes with an exercise assignment that teaches the student to set up and deal with a larger written assignment using or several war theoretical perspectives. The exercise assignment is assessed without censorship. Grades are given according to the 7-point scale. The grade does not count towards the final diploma.
  • Preparation of a self-chosen master project, where the student, on a research-based basis, must formulate, investigate and analyze a problem of a military subject matter and reflect on possible solutions. The project is written on the basis of the compulsory and self-chosen modules and must be related to one or more of the subject areas reviewed.
  • Teaching and working with science theory and methodology that creates the basis for project writing in the form of seminars etc.
  • Guidance within the problem area of the project.

Teaching and study methods

The module is primarily conducted as a self-study program, which is intended to give the student the opportunity to immerse himself in the chosen problem area and project writing. The project writing will be supported by the teaching on the master project module, where additional competences are obtained in method and science theory. The study methods in the master module will alternate between orientations and lectures, including presentations for assignments and debates in groups as well as independent written work.

The student is assigned a supervisor with expertise within the chosen problem area.

The scope of guidance is 10-15 hours.

Exam provi sions

Test form: Oral examination based on the master project.

Duration of oral examination: 30 minutes incl. assessment.

Assessment form: Grade cf the 7-point scale.