Master thesis (DIGMAS)

The master thesis is an independent project where students apply the knowledge acquired during their studies. The thesis is a crafted scholarly document presenting research questions and original arguments based on scientific methods under the guidance of an advisor. The thesis gives students the opportunity to demonstrate expertise in their chosen area of research.

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

Spring, Autumn

Language of instruction

English, Norwegian


The master thesis is an independent, individual, and supervised scientific work. The thesis should have a substantial research component that builds on theories, methods, and collected data within the field of social science and technology. Students can choose any relevant topic, but students that come from work experience are encouraged to develop their thesis problem in collaboration with the place of work. The thesis must be written under the guidance of a supervisor. Master thesis seminars are held in the third semester to prepare students for thesis work, and at the basis of the seminars are the writing of the thesis' research proposal. This research proposal has to be passed in order to write the thesis.

Learning outcome

It is expected that the students after completing the course will have the following knowledge, skills, and general competencies.


Upon completion of the master thesis, the student has:

  • Clear understanding of how to design and carry out a research project independently.
  • Knowledge of the theories and methods appropriate to answer chosen research questions.


Upon completion of the master thesis, the student can:

  • Develop a research design, apply the appropriate theory, and collect the data necessary to answer research questions.
  • Discuss the theoretical, practical, and normative implications of research findings.
  • Organise, summarise, and analyse data.
  • Present the research in a clear, scientific manner.

General competencies

Upon completion of the master thesis, the student can:

  • Plan and complete a large project under supervision and in accordance with existing norms for research ethics.
  • Apply knowledge and skills to the chosen area of research.

Required prerequisite knowledge

DIG501 Media, Data and Society, DIG502 The Digitalization of Politics, MEE125 Philosophy of Science and Research Methods, MEN185 Applied Social Science Research Methods

Students with less than 60 ECTS/credits will not be able to start DIGMAS.

MEE125 (or MEE115 or MEN155) and MEN185 (or MEE140 or MEN225) has to be passed, in addition to DIG501 and DIG502.


Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Thesis 1/1 14 Weeks Letter grades All

Coursework requirements

Compulsory assignments
Approved research proposal.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Helle Sjøvaag

Study Adviser:

Magda Hognestad

Method of work

Independent work under supervision and workshops.

Open for

Digital Society and Societal Transformations - Master'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.


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