Master's Thesis in Mathematics (LMAMAS)

The Master's thesis is an independent work where you will use the knowledge you have gained through your studies to solve a defined task or assignment. The thesis will be carried out the last semester of the Integrated Teacher Education program in Science. At this point, you will have the necessary knowledge to carry out a relevant thesis for your studies.

Course description for study year 2024-2025. Please note that changes may occur.


Course code




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Number of semesters


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Language of instruction

English, Norwegian


Through the work with the master's thesis, the student will gain experience with a research project involving methods in matematikk. The student will carry out a litterature review, practical work, report writing. The methods will depend upon the specific assignment. Choice of project topic subject to availability of suitable supervisers.

Learning outcome


  • Have an overview over current international litterature, scientific writing and ethical norms for a specific topic and can be critical to different sources of information.
  • Demonstrate an in depth insight and comprehension of a specific topic.
  • Be able to put the specific subject in the context of the field (mathematics) and have an understanding of, and be able to describe the underlying theory.


  • Use methods in mathematics to elucidate and analyse a problem.
  • Be able to carry out a literature search and scientific writing.
  • Be able to present and convey the independent work using the terminology and language of the research area.
  • Be able to use and analyze relevant methods and tools specific for mathematical modelling, calculations and/or numerical methods.
  • Be able to elucidate and analyze the results and conclusion related to the chosen assignment.

General Competence

  • Understand the ethical standards for scientific work.
  • Can convey an extensive independent research work
  • Be able to analyse relevant theoretical models or results supported by the research results.
  • Be able to reflect and critical assesment of one's own work.
  • Can defend a high ethical behaviour in an academic contex.
  • Can comfortably use relevant software to calculate and/or oral and written presenation.

Required prerequisite knowledge

Godkjent undervisningskompetanse i fysikk, og 120 stp i fag 1.


Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Master thesis with final oral exam 1/1 4.5 Months Letter grades

The master's thesis is given a preliminary grade and this can be adjusted by up to one grade after the oral final exam. The master's thesis must be passed in order to sit for the final oral examination cf. Regulations on studies and examinations at the University of Stavanger § 5-3 no. 3. The final oral examination is held individually by joint writing (up to three students).The oral exam is a presentation of at least 30 minutes where the students himself give an overview of the thesis. The presentation will be public and the examiners will be present. Following the presentation there will be an oral examiniation about the thesis with the examiner and supervisor before final grade is set. For rules, important deadlines and more information, see our website "Assignment writing at the Faculty of Science and Technology".

Course teacher(s)

Course teacher:

David Ploog

Course teacher:

Eirik Eik Svanes

Course teacher:

Tore Selland Kleppe

Course teacher:

Michal Jakub Kapustka

Course teacher:

Jörn Schulz

Course teacher:

David Duncan Mcnutt

Course teacher:

Tyson Ritter

Course coordinator:

Alex Bentley Nielsen

Course teacher:

Sigbjørn Hervik

Course teacher:

Alexander Ulanovskii

Course teacher:

Jan Terje Kvaløy

Course teacher:

Alexander Rashkovskii

Course teacher:

Bjørn Henrik Auestad

Head of Department:

Bjørn Henrik Auestad

Method of work

Independent work with litterature. Individual supervision in the practical work and report writing.

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union 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 subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


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