Master Thesis (MSBMAS)

The master's thesis is a carefully crafted scholarly document which defines and explores a research question based on original ideas and arguments developed under the influence and inspiration of primary and / or secondary sources. The thesis should have a substantial research component and must be written under the guidance of an advisor. The thesis provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate expertise and represents a test of research independence and self-reliance within his or her field of specialization.

Course description for study year 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.


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Learning outcome


Upon completion of the course, students will:

  • Understand how to define, present and pursue a topical research question within their own field of specialization
  • Understand how to develop and conduct a scholarly based work of research
  • Have gained a thorough understanding of theories and methods that can be used to address the chosen research question


Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Search relevant sources for theories and data that can address the chosen research question
  • Review existing theories and empirical evidence
  • Organize, summarize and analyze data, present and discuss results
  • Write clearly about the chosen research question, discuss results and implications

Required prerequisite knowledge

One of the following alternatives:
MØA102 Business Decisions, MØA112 Data Analytics and Research Methods
MSB102 Business Decisions, MSB112 Data Analytics and Research Methods
MSB102 Business Decisions, MSB103 Data Analytics, MSB104 Research Methods

Minimum 60 ECTS. All first-year courses must be passed.

(Exceptions can be granted in special cases, provided that all first-semester compulsory courses are completed. Any application for deviation will be considered individually.)


Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Master's thesis 1/1 1 Semesters Letter grades

The thesis is written in groups of 2 persons.(Exceptions can be granted in special cases. Any application for deviation will be considered individually.)

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Yuko Onozaka

Course teacher:

Tarjei Mandt Larsen

Method of work

A total of three writing seminars (two in the fall semester, one in the spring semester) will be provided as guidance for:

  • Selecting and narrowing down the topic
  • Composing appropriate research questions
  • Evaluating appropriate research design
  • Identifying relevant academic literature
  • Exploring the potential data sources
  • Seeking inputs from faculty members
  • Understanding the structures and expectations for academic writing

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Master Thesis (MØAMAS_1) 30

Open for

Business Administration - Master of Science

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course coordinator, the student representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital course evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


The syllabus can be found in Leganto