Master Thesis (MEEMAS)

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

Master thesis seminars are held in the aumtumn semester. The goal of the seminars is to develop a research design for the master thesis. 

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


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Spring, Autumn

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The master thesis is a carefully crafted scholarly document which presents research questions and original arguments, and is an independent, individual, and supervised scientific work. The thesis should have a substantial research component that builds on theories, methods, and collected data that are carefully documented based on primary and/or secondary sources within the field of energy, environment, and society. The thesis must be written under the guidance of a supervisor. The thesis gives the student the opportunity to demonstrate expertise in their chosen area of research.

The master thesis seminars, held in the autumn semester, is preparation for writing the master thesis. Here we present guidelines for the thesis, potential topics and problem statements, potential supervisors, and possible cooperation with the industry and public authorities. The students will be preparing their master thesis under supervision and in collaboration with lecturers and student colleagues.

The first part of the seminar presents the guidelines and prepares the students for what is expected and required in order to be able to write a master thesis. We look at possible research designs and discuss possible themes, problem statements, and research questions as part of the development of the research design. The main activity is to develop a research design for the students' own master thesis, through discussions with lecturers, student colleagues, and other invited people.

Learning outcome

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


Students who successfully complete the course should:

  • Know the demands, requirements and guidelines for the master thesis.
  • Know the content of a research design and the decisions that have to be made in order to make an outline of the master thesis.
  • Understand how to define and present research questions.
  • Have gained a thorough understanding of theories and methods that can be used to address the chosen research question.
  • Understand how to use analytical frameworks and theories to answer research questions.


After completing the course, students should be able to:

  • Develop an outline of the master thesis that can be used as the starting point for the master thesis.
  • Evaluate social science research, including their own research plans.
  • Identify research questions suitable for a master's thesis.
  • Search relevant sources for theories and data that can address the chosen research questions.
  • Review existing theories and empirical evidence.
  • Organize, summarize and analyze data.
  • Write clearly about the chosen research question.
  • Plan social science research and report writing.

General competence

After completing the course, students should be able to:

  • Present oneself as a possible participant in a research project.
  • 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

MEE100 Societal Transition and Transformation - Energy and Climate Change, MEE115 Social Science Research Methods, MEE140 Philosophy of Science and Research Methods, PET515 Energy, Energy Technologies, and Energy System Integration
Minimum 60 ECTS (all compulsory first-year courses must be passed, in addition to two elective 10 ECTS courses).


Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Home assignment 1/1 5 Months Letter grades

The advised number of pages for the Master Thesis are 60-80 (excluding attachments and references). 80 pages corresponds to approximately 30,000 words. Marks: A-F.  A student generally has one attempt at their master's thesis. If you are in need of a second attempt, you must apply for this. You can read more about these rules in §3-10 in the Regulations relating to studies and examinations at University of Stavanger.  

Coursework requirements

One research design

The research design to be developed is a research plan for the Master Thesis. The project outline should normally contain the following points:

  • Title - what do you want to write about?
  • Background - why study this?
  • Introduction - problem statement and research questions
  • Research strategy
  • Theory - theoretical perspective and approach
  • Method - how will it be studied?
  • Results - what do you expect to find?
  • Discussion - what can you already see in this phase of possible ways to explain/interpret the findings?
  • References (preliminary)

The research design should be around five pages and uploaded in the Collaboration Portal by November 20th. This in order to assign supervisors.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Thomas Michael Sattich

Course teacher:

Bettina Bluemling

Course teacher:

Siddharth Sareen

Course teacher:

Oluf Langhelle

Method of work

Lectures, group work, and discussions in the seminars in order to develop a research design for the Master Thesis. The research design is to be uploaded in the Collaboration Portal by November 20th. The spring semester is for writing the Master Thesis.

Open for

Energy, Environment and Society - Master's Degree Programme

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.


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