DOK3901 - Master's thesis in archives and records management


New from the academic year 2021/2022

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Master's thesis
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Master's thesis 100/100

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

Knowledge 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 Skills 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, supervision.

Compulsory assignments

  • Mandatory work requirements in accordance with the course description

Further on evaluation

The final assessment is based on the Master's thesis. The thesis should have a scope of approx. 70-120 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 course is evaluated through system for reference groups and ongoing dialogue between students, reference group and lecturers. Mandatory work requirements: Submissions of: Sketch with milestone plan, approx. 5 pp., Minimum 1 draft of the main chapters, as well as the first draft of the entire master's thesis: Delivered according to a detailed plan announced at the start of the first semester. Attendance minimum 2 assignment seminars. Compulsory activities must be approved before submitting the completed master's thesis.

Specific conditions

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:  45.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Teacher Education


Examination arrangement: Master's thesis

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Master's 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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