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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 2022-2023. Please note that changes may occur.

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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

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
The syllabus can be found in Leganto