Dette er studietilbudet for studieår 2018-2019. Endringer kan komme.

The master thesis is an independent project in which you will apply the knowledge acquired during your studies on solving a chosen assignment. The students will through this assignment show their abilities to use relevant theories and methods, and develop knowledge and understanding in the field of biological chemistry. The assignment will normally be carried out during the two last semesters.

Learning outcome

A candidate who has completed and passed his or her master thesis has acquired the following learning outcomes:


- is able to conduct and to present extensive scientific work

- is able to describe a problem in a clear and concise way, according to the terms and expressions within biochemistry and molecular biology

- has extensive experience in literature search, scientific work and the preparing of scientific reports

- knows the essential publication channels within the field of research

- is able to acquire new methods by its own and can critically evaluate new methods

- is able to critically assess own and others work

- Knows the ethical standard that must be applied in research and scientific reports.


Includes the definition of the research problem (with/from supervisor); literature search; defining the work and what experimental/theoretical techniques should be used to provide answers to the research problem (with supervisor); doing the research with analysis and representation of results; arriving at conclusions; writing the thesis.

Required prerequisite knowledge

Referring to Regulations for Master's theses of 30 and 60 ECTS for requirements of credits to assign the master thesis.

Recommended previous knowledge

MBI110 Biophysical Chemistry, MBI140 Protein Biochemistry, MOT290 Bioinformatics, MOT380 Biotechnology, methods


Weight Duration Marks Aid
Thesis, presentation and oral examination1/1 A - F

The thesis counts 3/4 and presentation with oral examination counts 1/4. The supervisor sets the overall mark. The examination consists of a 30 minutes public presentation by the candidate. The sensor who rates the examination should be present. The presentation is followed by an oral examination about the thesis with sensor and supervisor. The final mark is given after the oral examination.

Regulations relating to studies and examinations at the University of Stavanger, § 2-10 section 4:

A candidate will generally have one attempt at a performing examination or Bachelor's or Master's thesis.

a) Upon application, a second attempt may be granted if a candidate wishes to improve their grade. In such cases, the candidate may not be permitted to revise a previously submitted response, but must write a new response on a new basis

b) Upon application, a candidate who has not passed the bachelor's or master's thesis may be granted a second attempt. In such cases, a reworked version of the bachelor's or master's thesis may be submitted, or a completely new thesis may be submitted. This must then be submitted by the specified deadline and will count as a new exam attempt.

c) The Dean himself shall issue supplementary regulations for the completion and supervision of Bachelor's and Master's theses.

A bachelor´s or a master´s thesis not submitted in time will be graded Fail.

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Subject teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Heinz Peter Ruoff
Course teacher
Hanne Røland Hagland, Astrid Elisabeth Mork-Jansson, Ann Kristin Vatland, Oddmund Nordgård, Einar Bakstad, Lutz Andreas Eichacker, Svein Bjelland, Cathrine Lillo
Head of Department
Gro Johnsen

Method of work

Independent literature work, participation in discussion groups, etc. Individual supervision concerning the research part and thesis writing. Language: Norwegian or English.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Master thesis in Biological Chemistry (MBIMAS_1) 60

Open to

Biological Chemistry - Master of Science Degree Programme


The literature will consist of advanced text books, research papers, PhD theses and other special literature dependent on the actual research project.

Dette er studietilbudet for studieår 2018-2019. Endringer kan komme.

Sist oppdatert: 13.12.2018