Meaningful Master’s

Meaningful Master’s

Writing a Meaningful Master’s gives engineering students the opportunity to contribute with practical knowledge from their studies within a long-term development framework, in the field.

In order to increase the commitment and knowledge of reaching the Sustainable Development Goals, EWB Norway assists engineering students in creating development-related master’s theses. A Meaningful Master’s thesis is created through a collaboration between the supervisor at the university, the student, and EWB Norway.

What is Master with Meaning?

A Master with Meaning (MmM) is a concept which consists of a master’s thesis written with both a theoretical part and a field visit in the Global South, together with an engineer with experience in field work (a mentor). Through this process, the thesis becomes a good introduction to long-term development work for the student, while also being of use to someone; by solving specific technical problems in the field.
In collaboration with a local department in EWB Norway and an organization or company, master students have the opportunity to write a practical master’s thesis with a field visit; Master with Meaning.

The thesis may be related to many different engineering fields, and the master’s student will have the opportunity to contribute practically with knowledge from his or her studies, as well as to familiarize herself with current societal and environmental challenges. Engineering students who choose to write a MmM will be able to work with a task that has great local value and impact and help make a real difference.
In addition, the student will gain international experience that future employers will appreciate, and the opportunity to stand out from the crowd in a recruitment process.

Who can apply?

EWB Norway only offers Master with Meaning at universities where we currently have a local department. If you are a student and interested in writing a Master with Meaning, check whether EWB Norway has a local department at your university.
EWB Norway has local branches at several of Norway’s largest universities.

To apply for MmM you must contact your local department at your place of study. The application deadlines are March 15 for assignments with fieldwork the following autumn semester, and September 15 for assignments with fieldwork the following spring semester.

The departments are responsible for assisting the student in finding relevant and appropriate MmM theses, using their network of companies and partner organizations. In addition, the departments can help with preparations in the form of training and supervision.

How to apply

To apply for MmM, you must contact your local EWB department at your place of study.
The application deadlines are March 15 for assignments with fieldwork the following autumn semester, and September 15 for assignments with fieldwork the following spring semester.

In some cases, EWB Norway will advertise available MmM assignments. In these cases, separate application deadlines apply.
A maximum of two master students can apply for a MmM project together.

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