This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

The master thesis is an independent project in which the student shall apply the knowledge acquired during the studies to solve a given assignment. The assignment is normally carried out during the last semester of the studies. At this stage, the student will have acquired the knowledge and skills needed for accomplishing a relevant assignment in the studies.

Learning outcome

A candidate with a completed and passed master's thesis shall have the following learning outcomes:Knowledge
  • have thorough knowledge of relevant concepts, principles, frameworks, methods and/or models within the part of the field of study covered by the problem addressed
  • have an overview of relevant scientific literature, other sources of information, and ethical standards in the field of study
  • have an understanding of what constitutes a contribution to the part of the field of study that the problem addressed relates to

  • demonstrate in-depth knowledge into and understanding of a more limited part of the field of study covered by the problem addressed
  • carry out a literature search and write a scientific report
  • master the terminology of the field of study
  • can use relevant methods and work forms
  • can describe the problem statement in a clear way
  • can be critical of different sources of information
  • can reflect on and critically evaluate own work

General competence
  • can communicate in writing on a comprehensive independent work
  • understand and follow the ethical standards for scientific work


Literature review, analysis, and report writing. The content will vary depending on the topic of the thesis work. Students may write their master thesis on a topic defined together with and supervised by an external company/organisation and an internal supervisor, or on a topic supervised only by an internal supervisor.

Required prerequisite knowledge

See "Regulations for bachelor's and master's thesis" for requirements related to study points passed needed to start the master thesis work.


Weight Duration Marks Aid
Master thesis1/1 A - F
See in particular "Regulations relating to studies and examinations at the University of Stavanger" § 2-10 Number of attempts, section 4. A master's thesis that is not submitted by the deadline will be assessed as not passed. See also "Regulations for bachelor's and master's thesis".

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Frederic Emmanuel Bouder
Head of Department
Tore Markeset

Method of work

Supervised independent project work.

Open to

Master of Science - Risk Analysis and Governance

Course assessment

The course is evaluated in line with Faculty guidelines and plans.


Link to reading list

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 07.07.2020