FILM3090 - Master's Thesis in Film Studies


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Master thesis and adjusting oral exam
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Master thesis and adjusting oral exam 100/100

Course content

The master's thesis is an extensive written work within the field of Film Studies, demonstrating the candidate's ability to work independently and in a scholarly manner. The thesis is presupposed to be two semesters' work. In particular cases several shorter works may be approved, assuming they are of the same standard and thematic coherence as an ordinary master's thesis. Group work may also be approved, assuming the candidate's section is clearly defined and corresponds to an ordinary master's thesis as far as quality and scope is concerned.

Learning outcome


Upon successful completion of the course the student will have:

  • deep knowledge of a specific problematics within a specific field of research; that is knowledge of the theories and concepts and the historical and cultural position of specific fields and problematics.



Upon successful completion of the course the student will know how to:

  • formulate, plan and accomplish a substantial written scholarly work.
  • work independently and scientifically within the field of film studies.
  • apply relevant theories and methodologies properly.
  • make grounded selections of sources, literature and writing styles.
  • reflect upon and discuss their own decisions and adjust the project accordingly.
  • mediate arguments in a proper scientific language and according to academic standards.
  • evaluate relevant issues of research ethics.

Learning methods and activities

Individual supervision, assignments and tutoring seminars. In addition to individual supervision, a tutoring seminar is offered every semester. The seminar is a common arena for master students, across levels, where the students will give feedback on each other's texts in progress. In the second semester, the student will receive seminar tutoring in developing a project outline which forms the basis of assigning a supervisor. Through supervision and seminars, the student will develop the outline into a complete project proposal.

Compulsory assignments in the second semester: 1) Develop a project proposal for the master's thesis under guidance from supervisor, and 2) submit a written literature review on a theoretical or methodological topic of relevance to the proposed thesis. Compulsory assignments during the third and fourth semesters: Presentation of a chapter in progress and feedback on fellow students' presentations. The scope of the thesis is 32.000 - 40.000 words. The number of words does not include front page, preface, table of contents, list of references, or attachments. The word count must be printed in the thesis and the student is responsible for its accuracy. All students must write an abstract of the thesis of approx. 1/2 - 1 page. The abstract should be written in Norwegian and preferably also in English.

Students are required to stay updated on information given by the department or course director via Blackboard. Please see link for the numbers of hours of supervision eligible for your master’s thesis

Compulsory assignments

  • Develop a project proposal
  • Submit a written literature review
  • Presentation of chapter

Further on evaluation

The final assessment of the master's thesis is adjusted by an oral examination. The oral examination consists of a discussion of the thesis with the group of examiners lasting between 30 and 60 minutes.

Specific conditions

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

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Film Studies (MFILM)
Film and Media Studies (MFMV) - some programmes

Required previous knowledge

Requires admission to the master's programme in Film and Media Studies, with the chosen direction of Film studies.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
HFFILM390 60.0
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Version: 1
Credits:  60.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Term no.: 3
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Film Studies
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Art and Media Studies


Examination arrangement: Master thesis and adjusting oral exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Master thesis and adjusting oral exam 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Master thesis and adjusting oral exam 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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