Master's Thesis in Risk Analysis (RISMAS)

The master thesis is an independent project in which the student shall apply the knowledge acquired during the studies to solve a given assignment. It is through this assignment that that the student shows their abilities and qualities as a master's degree holder. The assignment is normally carried out during the last semester of the studies. At this stage, the student will have acquired the knowledge and skills needed for accomplishing a relevant assignment related to the studies.

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

English, Norwegian


Literature review, analysis, and report writing. The content will vary depending on the topic of the thesis work. Students may write their master thesis on a topic defined together with and supervised by an external company/organisation and an internal supervisor, or on a topic supervised only by an internal supervisor.

Learning outcome

A candidate with a completed and passed master's thesis shall have the following learning outcomes:


  • have thorough knowledge of relevant concepts, principles, frameworks, methods and/or models within the part of the field of study covered by the problem addressed
  • have an overview of relevant scientific literature, other sources of information, and ethical standards in the field of study
  • have an understanding of what constitutes a contribution to the part of the field of study that the problem addressed relates to


  • demonstrate in-depth knowledge into and understanding of a more limited part of the field of study covered by the problem addressed
  • carry out a literature search and write a scientific report
  • master the terminology of the field of study
  • can use relevant methods and work forms
  • can describe the problem statement in a clear way
  • can be critical of different sources of information
  • can reflect on and critically evaluate own work

General competence

  • can communicate in writing on a comprehensive independent work
  • understand and follow the ethical standards for scientific work

Required prerequisite knowledge

Refer to Thesis writing at Faculty of Science and Technology for requirements of passed credits (ECTS) to write the master thesis.


Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Thesis 1/1 4.5 Months Letter grades All

The master's thesis is written individually or in pairsNote that you primarily have only one attempt for writing the thesis, see section 3-10 number 4 in Regulations relating to studies and examinations at The University of StavangerA bachelor´s or master´s thesis that is not submitted by the deadline is considered not passed.For rules, important deadlines, and more information, see our website Thesis writing at Faculty of Science and TechnologyDeadline for withdrawal is April 1.

Course teacher(s)

Course teacher:

Jan Roar Bakke

Course teacher:

Roger Flage

Course coordinator:

Roger Flage

Course teacher:

Terje Aven

Head of Department:

Tore Markeset

Method of work

Supervised independent project work.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Thesis Risk Management (MRIMAS_1) 30

Open for

Master of Science in Risk Management

Master of Science in Risk Analysis and Governance

Master of Science in Risk Analysis

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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