Thesis Suggestions and Report Templates

Applied Acoustics : Education : Thesis Suggestions and Report Templates

Your Master's thesis project can be carried out either in our department or at your home university. The majority of projects in the department are carried out in co-operation with industry both in and outside Sweden. We often receive project requests and ideas from industry, which we try to coordinate with the wishes of our students. We recommend that you, at an early stage (already around February/March), discuss possible thesis topics with teachers in the department. They will be your advisors and examiners. Please also feel free to contact potential industrial partners and suggest thesis topics of your own.

Since the thesis is an important opportunity for you to apply and extend the knowledge gained during your studies, it is essential that you, already in an early planning stage, involve one of the teachers at the department. The advisors/examiners at the department are responsible for the thesis having the required quality. This means that it is the examiner who has final say on whether the project will be approved as a Master's thesis project or not. The reason for this is to ensure that the project has a well defined topic that can be investigated properly within the given time - usually 20 weeks - and will result in a engineering report of good quality. The examiner signs the thesis exam form.

Your thesis topic has to be registered before you start thesis work. At registration there should be a clear description of the thesis topic, a work plan, a time schedule, as well as names and addresses of all those involved (you and the supervisors). The time schedule should also include dates for both the half time presentation and the final presentation of your thesis.

From Chalmers' viewpoint your thesis is counted as a course and you will find the rules and regulations for this course at this web site:

It is important that you read and follow the information available at that web site.

You will find a list of suggested master thesis topics below. The topics are typically related to ongoing research at the department. You will also find the name of the person to contact, in case you are interested in one of the suggested topics.

Suggested M.Sc. thesis topics

Cochlear (Posted Aug 15, 2011, by Patrik Andersson)

Bone conduction loudness perception. Determination of the power law exponent, or loudness function, for direct bone conduction.

Semcon (Posted May 9, 2011, by Patrik Andersson)

Design of multimodal stimuli for driving events

Design of natural sounds

Sound propagation in waterfilled pipes, at Ultrac AB (Posted March 12, 2009)

Ultrac AB: Detecting leakage in plastic water pipes

Sound propagation outdoors (Posted March 12, 2009)

Auralizing road traffic events

Sound propagation outdoors (Posted March 12, 2009)

Modelling for urban environments using finite-difference time-domain methods (FDTD) [4 thesis suggestions]

Thesis templates

The thesis layout and bibliographic information should have the format given in the templates that you will find below. The actual content and structure of the thesis is up to you to decide.

Please follow the guidelines regarding fonts, line spacing, etc. to ensure that the text is nicely readable. The data to be entered on the first three pages is compulsory. Numbers, names, titles, abstract, and keywords in exactly this format makes it easy for us to have a homogeneous entry of the reports in the library database. You also expect others to provide such information, so that you can do proper literature searches. Please also note that you should optimise your figures to ensure that they are clearly readable.

If you use Microsoft Word, it is recommended that you use the built-in spell and grammar checking functionality. In order to make it behave the way you want you need to change the settings from "normal" document type to "technical" document type. This is generally done in the "Tools"->"Spelling and Grammar..." menu. One thing that is not included in this functionality is the tempus.

In order to make your report readable you need to keep track of what tempus to use yourself. The general rule is that everything you read in other reports should be written i past tense - "Cremer & Heckl [1] found that...". All your own measurements should also be in past tense - "The sound level was measured in six positions and the average level was found to be 55dB, as was expected". Your conclusions should be written in present tense - "Judging by the results there seems to be a tendency that increased loudness causes increased annoyance".

The official Microsoft's Word template for you to use in your report writing follows below. If you experience problems with fonts or anything else, contact us. The zipped archive contains a template for the complete report as well as for the report and cover separately. Use the latter if the complete template brings some problems.

Thesis template: Adapted Master Thesis ZIP

The following two templates are a bit simpler in structure than the ones above. They are also available for the Mac OSX and Microsoft Windows operating systems, although the platform issue should not be a problem. Use them if you run in trouble with the one above.

Mac Version: master thesis mac.zip

Pc Version: master thesis windows.zip

The two templates above do not contain the cover page so this is added extra. It is best to enter the data on the cover page together with your thesis supervisor.

Cover page: coverpage ta.zip

The following LATEX version of the official template (by Joachim Schlechter) is also available:

LATEX version : master thesis LATEX.zip

Note that the thesis templates may cause some text on the cover and on the initial pages to appear in the Courier or other font. You must change the font so that it becomes Times New Roman.

Thesis completion and publishing

You should make your thesis available to your thesis advisor early, months before it is completed. Write your thesis as you work, do not save the writing to the end.

Once you have finished writing, there may be little time left for necessary corrections, which will delay your thesis from being accepted. The completeness and correctness of your thesis is determined by your advisor.

Your thesis will be printed (max 50 copies, please take contact with Gunilla) and will be published electronically. You take care of th printing procss, but before taht, please discuss the process with your advisor.

Email the two Word files to your advisor as well as a PDF file which your advisor can give to our administrator.