ALIT3900 - Master's Thesis in Comparative Literature


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Master's thesis
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Assignment 100/100

Course content

The student chooses the subject, source material and method with guidance from their academic adviser. The student will produce an academic thesis of 25 000 to 40 000 words.

Learning outcome

Candidates will have obtained the following qualifications after successfully completing this course:
The candidate:
- has the ability to complete an independent work of research on a specialised topic under the guidance of an academic supervisor
- masters scientific argumentation and critical thinking
- can present scientific issues and results exensively in writing
- fulfills the requirements of scientific publishing

Learning methods and activities

Self-study, master's thesis seminar (SPRÅL3500) and individual supervision.
Please see link for the numbers of hours of supervision eligible for your master’s thesis

Compulsory assignments:
The student will give two oral presentations related to the master’s thesis (for instance a presentation of a chapter draft), one in each of the two semesters of the one-year thesis period.
Complete a two-week professional internship.

All students must write an abstract of the thesis of approx. 1/2 - 1 page. The abstract should be written in Norwegian, and an English abstract can also be submitted.

Compulsory assignments

  • Approved oral presentations related to the thesis
  • Approved two-weeks training at related workplace

Further on evaluation

It is not possible for students who have been awarded a passing grade for the master's thesis in Comparative Literature to have a new master's thesis in Comparative Literature assessed (cf. the academic regulations for NTNU, §5-9).

Students whose master's thesis has been assessed as a Fail (F) may apply to the department to submit a new thesis (cf. the additional academic regulations of the Faculty of Humanities).

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Comparative Literature (MALIT)

Required previous knowledge

The student must be admitted to the Master's programme in Comparative Literature and have passed the following exams: ALIT3100, ALIT3101, ALIT3302, ALIT3303 and SPRÅL3500, or equivalent.

Course materials

Individually decided, depending on the student's project.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
HFALIT390 60.0
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Version: 1
Credits:  60.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Comparative Literature
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Language and Literature



Examination arrangement: Master's thesis

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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