Course description

Master thesis - for students admitted autumn 2017 and later

Introduction

This is the course description for master thesis for students admitted to a MSc programme autumn 2017 and later. If you are a student admitted before autumn 2017, please see the course description for GRA 1950.

All students are required by Norwegian regulations (Masterforskriften Section 6) to write a master thesis as a part of their MSc programme.  The thesis must be the equivalent of 30 ECTS, and should be written in groups of 2 students. 

The master thesis process, requires the students to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired during their MSc studies by  conducting a research task.

Through the master thesis process, students are given the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired during their MSc studies in conducting a scientifically-based research task.

The objective of the master thesis is to have the student 

  • define and limit a problem within their field of investigation and study,
  • collect and analyze data based on the problem identified
  • apply the relevant methods and theories to answer the problem defined
  • present a well-argued conclusion

Students must write a master thesis within their major field of study. 

All students must write a master thesis within their major field of study. For MSc in Business students, this refers to the major that the student is studying.  

Given that differences exist between academic fields in terms of how research is performed, students must refer to the prevailing norms/framework for their field of study when developing their master thesis.  They should seek advice from their supervisor regarding this, if necessary. 

Learning outcome knowledge

At the end of the master thesis process, students should demonstrate that they have in­depth knowledge of the theories and methods used in their field of study.

They should also demonstrate the capability to perform a piece of independent research at MSc level, from study design to learning how to analyse the specifically collected primary and secondary data. 

Exam organisation

  • Written assignment: 0 (pass/fail)
  • Written assignment: 0 (pass/fail)
  • Written assignment: 100%