ARK2003 - Bachelor's Thesis in Archaeology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Bachelor thesis
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Bachelor thesis 100/100 1 semesters

Course content

The Bachelor's thesis is a compulsory part of the BA programme in archeology. Through a combination of supervision and self-study, the students write an independent, academic Bachelor's thesis. Choice of topic and implementation of the scope/issue of the thesis must be approved by the course instructor and the assigned supervisor. The topic of the thesis may be related to cultural history, theory, methodology, communication and dissemination, or archaeological heritage.

Learning outcome


The candidate

  • Has expanded knowledge of a particular topic in archeology
  • Have a basic understanding of the process from defining an academic problem up to the completion of an academic text at Bachelor's level
  • Has knowledge of the academic standards that are required in order to successfully complete an academic text at Bachelor's level


The candidate

  • Has practical experience in working independently with archeological issues, defining academic problems, finding relevant sources and discussing and evaluating literature
  • Is able to communicate the analysis in writing and in a reader-friendly way, and at the same time meet the required academic standards of a scientific presentation

Learning methods and activities

The course starts with lectures on assignments, planning and structuring, cutting themes and sources, formal requirements, referencing of sources and plagiarism. The course is primarily a self-study combined with three hours of academic tuition/supervision per student, individually or in groups.

Mandatory activities: A minimum of 3/4 attendance and participation at all teaching and learning activities is required and serves as a prerequisite for taking the exam.

As a basis for the thesis, each students must define his/her individually selected texts of 1000-1500 pages. The student must ensure that the curriculum/texts do not overlap with topics that s/he has already obtained through other courses. It is expected that the chosen curriculum is well reflected in the thesis, which should be between 6000-8000 words (about 15-20 p, not including the front page. bibliography and and illustrations).

Compulsory assignments

  • 75% Attendance lectures
  • Project description

Further on evaluation

The bachelor’s thesis is normally written in Norwegian. If the thesis is written in English or in another non-Scandinavian language, the students must include an abstract in Norwegian in their thesis.

The assignment must be formulated as a standard scientific text, with illustrations and references in line with the given instructions. The assignment may deal with topics such as cultural history, theory, method, heritage management within the field of archaeology. The thesis should demonstrate the students' ability to formulate problems and discuss research-related issues.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Archaeology (BARK)

Required previous knowledge

Requires admission to the B.A. program in Archaeology.

Course materials

Will be announced at the beginning of the semester

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Cultural Heritage Management
  • Archaeology
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Historical and Classical Studies


Examination arrangement: Bachelor thesis

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Bachelor thesis 100/100 INSPERA
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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