FI3101 - Master Thesis in Philosophy


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Master thesis and oral examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral examination 10/100
Assignment 90/100

Course content

Students decide on the topic and readings for the master thesis in agreement with a supervisor. The standard duration of the study is two semesters. The master thesis should document the student's ability to work independently with a philosophical problem. Clarity and coherence of argumentation and exposition are emphasised.

Learning outcome

According to the course curriculum, a candidate who passes this course is expected to have the following learning outcome (defined as knowledge and skills):

- Comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of a particular topic/problem area, or a particular philosopher/topic in the history of philosophy.

- Ability to delimit, plan and implement a major written work, with a clear research question and clear argumentation, under supervision.
- Ability to orient themselves in an extensive literature, and find complementary literature of relevance to the chosen research question.
- Ability to orally present either the framework of the thesis, or a specific chapter for discussion.
- Ability to give a lecture on a topic related to the master's thesis
- Ability to defend the thesis orally.

Learning methods and activities

Seminars and supervision.

The master thesis is written in the 3rd and 4th semesters of study with normal progression.

The project description (from FI3202 Theory and Method) must be submitted and approved by the supervisor before the student start writing the thesis (the project description must be approved by both the supervisor and the instructor of FI3202 if the student has been exempt from FI3202).

In the 3rd (preferably) or 4th semester, the candidate must present a chapter or part of his or her thesis at the masters seminar, or other departmental forum, e.g. 'instituttseminar'.

Approved syllabus and abstract of the thesis (max. 1 page) is to be submitted three weeks before the submission of the thesis.

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

Compulsory assignments

  • Abstract
  • Approved project assignment
  • Approved syllabus
  • Oral presentation

Further on evaluation

The master thesis should be 24000-40000 words.

The assessment of the thesis is divided in three steps: First, the thesis is submitted for assessment. Second, the student must give a trial lecture on a given topic based on the selected readings. The topic of the trial lecture is given ten workdays before the lecture date. Third, there is an oral exam on the same day as the trial lecture.

The thesis and the trial lecture are 9/10 and 1/10 of the final grade, respectively. The final grade will be adjusted based on the student’s performance in the oral exam.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Philosophy (MFI)

Required previous knowledge

FI3202 Theory and Method in Philosophy. Requires admission to the master programme.

Course materials

Students compose their reading list based on the offered teaching and/or in consultation with lecturer.

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: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Philosophy
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies


Examination arrangement: Master thesis and oral examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination 10/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Assignment 90/100



Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral examination 10/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 90/100





Room Building Number of candidates
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