All theses produced at Diak are research-based and aimed at developing an area of work. They are usually linked to Diak’s learning environments, workplace development projects and work placement periods.
The thesis can be research-focused i.e. involve a study or report, or a development project, which involves developing, implementing and evaluating new products, practices or processes. A developmental thesis can be produced in the form of a project, product R&D, or a development project.
Theses are mainly produced in pairs or teams of 3–4 students.
This page contains information according to the curriculum edition 2015 or later. If you are looking for thesis instructions of the 2010 edition, see the guide.
Theses at Diak are workplace-oriented. The work is supervised by a teacher as well as an external expert, usually someone from the world of work.
There are two possible ways to produce a thesis: as a monograph or a series of chapters.
A series can consist of written chapters such as blog posts, interview-based learning assignments or literary reviews. Other possible forms include video and photography, posters, oral presentations in conjunction with professional conferences or training events, and statistical reviews.
A monograph is a single coherent publication, and the most traditional form of a written thesis. A monograph concentrates on a single topic, and the theoretical framework of reference, research questions and methodology are decided in the thesis planning stage.
Your thesis can be considered as research-based if it meets the general criteria for research. Alternatively, it can be a development project or a research and development project leading to a new product, service, model or business idea.