DOK3900 - Master's thesis in archives and records management


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2020/2021

Course content

The Master's thesis is an independent scientific research project within the field of archives and records management and should be based primarily on subjects included in the master's study. The thesis will contribute to developing and demonstrating the student's expertise in archives and records management as an academic discipline and a research area, related to the objectives of the master's program and, if desired, incorporating themes from the master's program in digital cooperation. Through the thesis work, the student will gain advanced knowledge of the subject area corresponding to the master's level, in-depth knowledge of selected theories and methods, as well as experience in oral and written communication.

Supervision is an essential component of the work on the master's thesis. It ensures that the student is provided with the necessary knowledge and implies a necessary control in obtaining and analyzing the empirical data. Supervision is therefore a mandatory part of the program.

Learning outcome

The student
- knows how to identify challenges in records management and to evaluate appropriate methodological approaches to solving these challenges.
- has thorough knowledge of scientific literature and methods related to the thesis

The student
- can work independently on a research project of a certain size and over a certain period of time.
- can gather relevant information, analyze the information, draw conclusions and document the results.

General competence
The student
- can reflect on various scientific methods and sources relevant to digital collaboration.
- can communicate his or her research work in writing and orally, in written form as a large research report, and in oral form as a presentation adapted to an academic audience.
- can demonstrate a research ethical and a healthy critical attitude towards his or her own research work.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, seminars, veiledning.

Compulsory assignments

  • Report
  • First draft
  • Supervision

Further on evaluation

The final assessment is based on the Master's thesis. The thesis should have a scope of approx. 60-100 pp., 12-point Times New Roman font and 1.5 line spacing with a Norwegian and English title and a short summary in English.

The assignment is assessed by a committee in accordance with NTNU's regulations. The grade may be adjusted down- or upwards with one or two steps after oral examination (up to 30 minutes). The oral examination is arranged only when the written work has been passed. If an appeal is made, the oral examination must be re-done.

The course is evaluated through system for reference groups and ongoing dialogue between students, reference group and lecturers.

Specific conditions

Limited admission to classes.

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:
Archives and Collections Management (MAD)

Required previous knowledge

The course has study rights requirements and is reserved for students admitted to the program.
All compulsory courses in the Master's program must be passed before the master's thesis can be submitted for assessment.

Course materials

The reading list will be updated and available at the beginning of the semester. See Blackboard for further details.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  30.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Social Sciences
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Teacher Education



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