ENG3900 - Master's Thesis in English


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Master's thesis
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Oral examination 30 minutes
Assignment 1/1

Course content

An academic work of approximately 30,000 words, excluding preface, references and appendices, on a linguistic or literary topic, a topic in cultural history or an interdisciplinary topic. All students must write an abstract of the thesis of approx. 1/2 - 1 page (to be placed first in the thesis). The thesis and the abstract must be written in English.

Learning outcome

A candidate who has passed this course
- is able to write an academic thesis of ca. 30,000 words in English on a topic within one or more subdisciplines of English (literature, cultural history, or linguistics).
- is able to define a suitable research topic for such a thesis, compile an adequate bibliography, and utilize source materials in accordance with academic citation standards.
- has acquired substantial knowledge in the domain of the thesis topic.
- is able to relate their writing to relevant specialist scientific literature, make appropriate use of such literature in analysis and argumentation, and apply theoretical notions in a productive and insightful fashion.
- is able to provide such a thesis with a coherent and orderly structure and formulate ideas in a clear and precise fashion.
- is able to write fluent English without many errors in grammar, spelling and style.
- is able to produce a manuscript that has been adequately revised and edited with regard to readability, typographical errors, pagination, and other presentational requirements.

Learning methods and activities

Individual supervision.
Please see link for the numbers of hours of supervision eligible for your master’s thesis

Further on evaluation

The master's thesis must be written in English. The final assessment of the thesis is adjusted through an oral examination in English of about 30 minutes.

It is not possible for students who have been awarded a passing grade for the master's thesis in English to have a new master's thesis in English assessed (cf. the academic regulations for NTNU, §5-9).
Students whose master's thesis has been assessed as a Fail (F) may apply to the department to submit a new thesis (cf. the additional academic regulations of the Faculty of Humanities).

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
English (MENG)

Required previous knowledge

Requires admission to the master's programme in English.

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • English
  • English Cultural Studies
  • English Literature
  • English Linguistics
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Language and Literature



Examination arrangement: Master's thesis

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral examination
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Assignment 1/1

Release 2020-10-15

Submission 2020-11-16

Release 09:00

Submission 12:00

Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 1/1
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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