This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

The aim of the master thesis is to contribute to the research in the field and to document the ability to use theory, other research, appropriate methodology in doing this.

Learning outcome

  • An understanding of the main theoretical issues relevant for the field of research of her/his Master's thesis
  • Knowledge of the central literature and issues of debate within the field of research
  • An understanding of basic research ethics, including plagiarism and copyright issues as well as research involving living human participants

The student will be able to:
  • Apply their knowledge to independent research work
  • Apply a range of practical and methodological skills required for their research work
  • Account for the theories and methods current within their field of research and explain their own choice of theoretical framework and methodology
  • Develop a line of argument based on their own findings
  • Present their findings as an academic thesis, following accepted conventions
  • Deliver a lecture based on their reading and findings within the field of research of their Master's dissertation

Generic competence
The student will be able to:
  • Make a realistic and structured project plan
  • Work independently on a long-term project
  • Communicate their findings clearly and efficiently both in speech and writing
  • Present and discuss their work in good academic English


The master's dissertation is a piece of work that is based on individual research and is presented in a form that accords with academic conventions in relation to referencing, style, register, and so forth. It discusses a topic that has been approved by a supervisor and is written under supervision. In addition to regular meetings with their supervisor, the students attend regular seminars.
The students produce an academic thesis based on their own research. In addition to independent work on the dissertation, the course includes a research seminar and supervision meetings, both with obligatory attendance. The students are required to submit a research proposal, regular written work to the supervisor and (together with the dissertation an individual reading list. The students will also deliver a test lecture on a given topic, based on the individual reading list,before receiving their mark.
The dissertation is a piece of academic written work, based on individual research, on a topic that has been agreed upon by the student and the supervisor. The topic should normally relate to one of the areas studied in the taught part of the course. With one of the taught modules as a starting point, the dissertation may build upon perspectives from several areas, such as linguistics, literature, didactics, history or media studies.
The dissertation should consist of 85-115 pages (12-point Times New Roman, 1.5 spacing), not including appendices and large tables. It should follow accepted academic conventions. The topic should be clearly delimited, and the principal objectives and source materials should be defined. The methodology should be adequately described, and the work placed within its context in relation to earlier research. Students are encouraged to base their work on primary data collected by themselves. The object of the test lecture is to ascertain that the candidate has reached the goals defined for the course. The topic of the lecture is set by the examining committee together with the supervisor, on the basis of an individual reading list handed in by the student with the dissertation. The list should reflect some of the central concerns of their work and refer to a minimum of 750 pages of secondary literature. The topic is given to the student ten working days before the date of the lecture.
The lecture is given as soon as possible after the evaluation of the dissertation by the examining committee. The final mark for the course is based on the dissertation, but may be adjusted up or down (by one mark only) on the basis of the lecture.

Required prerequisite knowledge



Weight Duration Marks Aid
Master thesis and oral exam1/1 A - FAll.
Master thesis 85 - 115 pages (not including appendices, references and large tables) and test lecture. The thesis can be written in English or Norwegian.

Coursework requirements

75% attendance at seminars, Individual reading list 750 pages

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Jon Skarpeid
Course teacher
Geir Skeie , Anne Kathrine Kalvig

Method of work

The main work is done independently by the student, but closely followed up by individual supervision. A seminar will monitor the progress and give feedback on the work.

Course assessment

Survey by department


Literatur will be published as soon as it has been prepared by the course coordinator/teacher

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 04.08.2020