Bachelor's Thesis in Customs and Border Management (TOLBAC)

To conclude the three-year bachelor’s programme in Customs and Border Management, students must prepare a written bachelor’s thesis based on an academically relevant topic where they utilise relevant perspectives from the programme of study and methodological research tools.

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


Course code




Credits (ECTS)


Semester tution start


Number of semesters


Exam semester


Language of instruction



The thesis must be carried out independently with the support of a supervisor appointed by the department. Students choose the thesis topic. Students are responsible for planning the project, including choosing relevant methods for collecting information and utilising relevant literature. The supervisor acts as an academic advisor during the process.

More information regarding the bachelor's thesis at the Faculty of Science and Technology can be found on the website of the Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Stavanger:

Oppgaveskriving ved Det teknisk-naturvitenskapelige fakultet

Learning outcome

After successfully completing the course, students will have the following learning outcomes defined in knowledge, skills and general competence:

After successfully completing the course, students will have knowledge about:

  • A chosen thesis topic based on relevant theories and methods from the programme of study
  • Academic thesis requirements
  • How relevant thesis information is collected, documented, assessed and applied.

After successfully completing the course, students will have skills in:

  • Formulating a delimited and manageable research question for an academic thesis
  • Searching for relevant source material
  • Applying relevant methodological research tools

After successfully completing the course, students will have general competence in:

  • Planning and carrying out relevant research work under supervision
  • Preparing a thesis that satisfies academic writing requirements with regard to systematic thinking, objective assessment, written presentation skills and source referencing
  • Presenting information and subject matter in order to shed light on an issue

Required prerequisite knowledge

TOL110 Introduction to Customs Legislation and Legal Method, TOL130 Customs in an Organizational and Societal Perspective, TOL170 Scientific Theory and Methods
Refer to Rules for the bachelor's and master's thesis (Thesis writing at the Faculty of Science and Technology | University of Stavanger ( for requirements for passed credits in order to issue a bachelor's thesis.

Recommended prerequisites

It is assumed that students have completed the 1st, 2nd and 3rd semesters of the bachelor’s programme in Customs and Border Management.


Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Project work 1/1 4 Months Letter grades All

The thesis should initially be written in groups of two or three students. In exceptional cases and after a reasoned application to the person responsible for the course, it may be granted permission to write the thesis individually. The thesis should normally be 10,000 words (+/- 10%). If you are granted to write individually, the assignment should normally be 8500 words (+/- 10%).The thesis must be submitted digitally in Inspera.For rules, important deadlines and more information, please refer to our website entitled "Thesis writing at the Faculty of Science and Technology".

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Olena Mykolajivna Koval

Study Adviser:

Kristi Løne

Course coordinator:

Lillian Katarina Stene

Head of Department:

Tore Markeset

Method of work

Students are advised to bring a project sketch with them to their first supervision, which will be used as a starting point in the work on the bachelor's thesis. The supervision should primarily be related to the process of developing and shaping the thesis, such as sharpening the research question, clarifications of research methodology, preparation for obtaining empirical data, use of literature and outline of the thesis.

It is recommended that students take a course in literature search and source criticism in collaboration with the university library.

Open for

Customs and Border Management - Bachelor's Degree Programme

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.


Search for literature in Leganto