BARN3900 - Master's Thesis


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Master's thesis and Oral examination
Grade: Letters

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

Course content

Students will select a topic for the master's thesis, which must be an autonomous, scientific study based on concrete research questions related to children and childhood. The thesis should be 80-120 pages (Times New Roman 12, space 1.5).

Normally, the thesis must include an empirical study. It is strongly recommended that the data collection should be completed by the middle of the 3rd semester (medio October). The students are recommended to use the summer between the 2nd and 3rd semester for data Collection, if possible.

The thesis is expected to be completed within four semesters from admission to the programme. Supervision will not be provided beyond this time.

The exam is made up of submission of the thesis and an oral examination. The exam is a conversation about the thesis between the candidate and the examiners. The exam is used to adjust the grade.

Learning outcome

*To provide students with training in developing a study design, preparing empirical work and carrying out a scientific study related to children and childhood.
*The Master's Thesis Seminar in particular will focus on academic writing and present the expectations to an academic text.

Compulsory assignments:

Submission of chapter drafts and supervision

Learning methods and activities

The students will take part in a Master's Thesis Seminar series that puts emphasis on theoretical and practical issues related to the process of writing a master's thesis. All students are required to present and discuss their thesis project at the seminar. In addition, the students will be given individual supervision, and they are expected to hand in chapter drafts to their supervisor throughout the writing period. All students must sign a master's thesis agreement that regulates the relationship between student and supervisor, among other things. Forms of assessment: Master's thesis and oral exam. The final grade for the thesis will be decided upon after the oral exam.

Compulsory assignments

  • Submission of ch.drafts and supervision

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:
Childhood Studies (MPCHILD)

Required previous knowledge

Admittance to the course requires a bachelor's degree in a social science or humanities discipline, or equivalent. The course is reserved for students admitted to MPhil in Childhood Studies. Students must have passed BARN3201, Methods and Ethics in Childhood Studies, before taking this course.

Course materials

Information will be given at the beginning of the semester.


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Master's thesis and Oral examination

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Spring ORD Oral examination
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
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