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Master of Problem Based Learning in Engineering and Science (MPBL)



The Master of Problem Based Learning programme is a research based continuing education, equivalent to a one-year full-time study (60 ECTS credits) and offered as a part-time study lasting two years. It is divided into four semesters and credited with 15 ECTS per semester. The first three semesters consist of one project of 5 ECTS and 2 courses of 5 ECTS each while the last semester is the Master’s thesis (15 ECTS):

  • Full Master: 60
  • Single semesters: 15
  • Single courses: 5

If you do not have the time or need for a full Master, it is possible to follow the courses from each semester as single courses, or just follow one or two semesters as single semesters. The teaching format is mainly based on individual self-study and on-line study group discussions, combined with on-line facilitation and feedback. 

The Master's programme consists of the following four semesters:

1. semester: Development of Teaching Competences

The semester aims to present the theoretical foundations of student centered teaching and active and collaborative learning, including PBL. The semester includes:

  • Project: Teaching portfolio, 5 ECTS
  • Course 1: Teaching and learning theories, 5 ECTS
  • Course 2: Collaborative learning skills and scientific writing, 5 ECTS

2. semester: PBL Models and Principles

The semester aims to present PBL principles and models together with methods of curriculum development and methods of facilitating students’ active learning. The semester includes:

  • Project: Design and planning of a PBL semester, 5 ECTS
  • Course 1: PBL models and curriculum development, 5 ECTS
  • Course 2: Facilitation skills and teaching methods for active learning, 5 ECTS

3. semester: Management of Change and Educational Evaluation

The semester aims to present theories of change management in the context of PBL and methods of evaluation of educational change. The semester includes:

  • Project: Implementation of change, 5 ECTS
  • Course 1: Management of change to PBL, 5 ECTS
  • Course 2: Research methods for educational evaluation, 5 ECTS

4. semester: Master's Thesis Project

The Master’s thesis project should be a problem based project that takes its point of departure in a problem area defined by the identified deficiencies in your fulfilment of programme learning outcomes. The project should draw upon the knowledge, skills, and competences gained from the previous semesters 1 - 3. Furthermore, the teaching portfolio should be updated to include the newly acquired knowledge, skills, and competences in teaching.

You can read more about all the courses and projects in the study regulation.