BIOTBI3901 - Master Thesis in Biotechnology Dep of Biology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Master thesis with oral defense
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Master thesis with oral defense 100/100

Course content

The master's thesis consists of an independent project work within the field of biology/biotechnology. This project work will normally be linked to ongoing research activity at the department. During the master thesis, students will learn to work systematically within a specific area and also learn to acquire detailed knowledge and skills through practical work and literature study.

Learning methods and activities

Before beginning with the master project work, the student must take part in the compulsory HSE training at the faculty (HMS0003).

All students doing their master's thesis at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology, should conclude an agreement regarding counselling. The master agreement, with attached project description and risk assessment, should be handed in by the 20th of January the first year of your Masters, unless otherwise agreed with the Department.

The standard contact period with the supervisor(s) is 50 hours, which is the standard for a masters thesis of 60 credits. Any contact between supervisor/s and student beyond this, depends on the supervisor(s) choice of supervision methodology. It is expected that the student works independently beyond the standard contact period.

The master thesis (60 credits) amounts to 40 weeks of work. The work is usually distributed between the two last semesters of the master degree and must be described in more detail in the master agreement.

Further on evaluation

The deadline for submission of the thesis is 15th of May the fourth semester, unless otherwise agreed with the Department.

After submission, the final assessment of the thesis is adjusted through an oral defense. The oral defense of the thesis project consists of a presentation and a discussion/examination. Permitted examination aids are to be determined in cooperation with your supervisor.

National regulations have been established for evaluation of Master’s theses within the STEM fields: more info can be found on the page Description of grades for master thesis.

Normal rules apply for appealing the grade. A new oral defense is only arranged if the new examiners disagree with the grade given in the original evaluation.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Biotechnology (MSBIOTECH)

Required previous knowledge

Passed HSE course: HMS0003

Admission to MSBIOTECH and approved master agreement.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  60.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Term no.: 3
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Term no.: 4
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Biotechnology
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Biology


Examination arrangement: Master thesis with oral defense

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Master thesis with oral defense 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Master thesis with oral defense 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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