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7 tips for finding a master’s thesis in Sweden

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Usisipho
12 months ago

Autumn is here, which means it’s the time when most master’s students are on the hunt for thesis
topics! Doing this can feel quite daunting or stressful. Here’s some advice to help you find out!

Thesis work, at least at Chalmers, starts in January or February. Topics start being advertised in
September or October the year before. This gives students 3-5 months to find a topic. Here is my
experience, as well as a few tips to help you out!

My personal experience
Luckily for me, I managed to find a thesis topic quite quickly. I started applying in October, and
found a topic around mid November. I’ll will be doing my thesis at the Challenge Lab, which has
affiliations with Chalmers, Johanneberg Science Park, as well as some industries within Västra
Götaland. Based on my experience and talking to friends, I think the following advice could be
quite useful!
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1. Apply through your department website ×

My department has a page on their official website with the current year’s thesis topics. The
topics vary between collaborations with industry, to pure research based roles. It is often good to
apply within your department, as students from the programmes offered by the department are
often preferred over others. As an example, my department has the following page:

Example of available master’s thesis topics | Credit: www.chalmers.se

2. Apply directly through companies


Doing a thesis at a company has a few advantages. Firstly, you have a greater exposure to industry
and companies, which can give you more job-related experience. This is often beneficial for
finding a job after graduation. Secondly, doing a thesis at a company gives you “a foot in the door”,
where you may be offered a permanent job after your thesis.

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Example of a thesis at a company | Credit: www.afconsult.com

3. Go to thesis events and career fairs


Departments and companies often have events where they pitch available topics or areas of
research to interested students. It’s good as you can ask questions, meet people personally, or
perhaps even pitch your own idea if it is related to the company’s / department’s work.

4. Keep your eyes open for notices and posters


Companies and university departments often post notices around campus with adverts. These
can be good to look out for, as sometimes these positions are not posted online! See the image
below for an example:

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An example of a thesis poster on campus | Credit: Usisipho

5. Email your lecturers


Professor sometimes have extra capacity to supervise students. So even though a topic may not
be advertised, a lecturer may be willing to accept one of your own ideas, or propose a potential
topic to you! Showing interest and being proactive is a good sign – a good way of doing this would
be to send an email after an interesting lecture!

6. Apply for positions / topics that genuinely interest you


I really believe that applying for topics you truly care about makes a big difference! If you have
experience in a subject area, it will likely show from your choice of master’s degree, choice of
courses, and perhaps even from your bachelor’s thesis. Additionally, enthusiasm and interest
often show when you write a cover letter stating why you would like to pursue a certain topic.

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Johanneberg Science Park, home of the Challenge Lab where I’ll be doing my thesis | Credit: Usisipho

7. Use other online portals


There are a few websites that can be helpful, for example:

Exjobbsportalen – Dedicated entirely to master’s thesis topics in Sweden

Indeed – Although this is a job listing website, companies often post topics here. Just search for
the words “master”, “examensarbete” or “ex-jobb”.

You might also have luck looking on your university’s learning platform, where there are often
groups dedicated to sharing topics.

Good luck with your search!

Did you find these tips useful? Would you like to share any of your own?
Feel free to leave a comment below!

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Coco
11 months ago

Very informative article thanks for sharing! Am bouncing around ideas for what thesis
to do and this couldn’t be more timely!

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