FUH3900 - Thesis in Disability and Society


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Master thesis
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Master thesis 100/100 ALLE

Course content

The Master thesis is an individual and independent scientific study of a topic chosen by the student. The thesis should be approximately 30 000 - 40 000 words. The thesis can also be written as a selection of articles (for more information, please contact the department). The department of Social Work appoints one of the teaching staff as an advisor, after the student has submitted an application. The subject consists of a compulsory seminar and the master's thesis itself. The seminar is arranged once per academic year, in the spring semester. For the seminar, each student will prepare and present a project sketch with a plan for implementation. Supervisor is appointed upon application from the candidate. Each master's student must sign a master's agreement which, among other things, regulates the supervision relationship. The supervisor ensures that the student is provided with the necessary knowledge and the necessary control over the collection and processing of data, and that this takes place within research ethics guidelines.

Learning outcome

The purpose with the master thesis is that the students shall make an individual research work with relevance for the scientific field of Disability an Society.

Knowledge about:

  • relevant research methods and research design
  • scientific knowledge production
  • research ethics
  • scientific writing


  • can make research design, data gathering method(s) and analyzing methods according to chosen issue
  • can document insight to national and international research within the chosen issue, and relate to own project and own findings
  • can use relevant research methods regarding the concrete research work
  • can systematize, analyze and discuss gathered data
  • can consider research ethic issues associated own project
  • can convey results from own research in line with scientific demands

General competence:

  • can analyze relevant subject and research ethic issues within Disability and Society
  • can convey a comprehensive individual work and communicate about professional and ethic issues within the field
  • can be critical to theory and research results
  • can show analytical and reflexive competence

Learning methods and activities

Teaching method: Individual supervision and compulsory master's seminar. In addition, seminars on research ethics and NSD, writing process, data collection and master's sketch will be arranged.

Compulsory participation in a master's seminar must be approved. The seminar will be arranged once per. year, in the spring semester. For the seminar, each student will prepare and present a project sketch with a plan for implementation. Supervisor is appointed upon application from the candidate.

Compulsory assignments

  • One compulsory masterseminar

Further on evaluation

FUH3900 is the final exam in the Master's programme in Disability and Society, and the students sign up for the exam on Studentweb. The Thesis must be downloaded as a pdf file in Inspera (NTNU's digital exam tool). Three printed copies of the master's thesis must also be submitted to the department. A period of approximately 12 weeks must be allowed for, after the submitting of the thesis, until the final exam can be held.

The thesis is to be delivered by May 2nd (spring semester) or November 1st (autumn semester) the semester defined as last semester in the student's individual Education plan. If the student submits the thesis after these dates, the final exam will usually take place in the following semester.

A Master's thesis in Norwegian language must have a short summary in English, and an English thesis must have a short summary in Norwegian. The Master thesis, a presentation of the thesis in the form of a lecture (approximately 30 minutes) and an oral exam. The lecture and oral exam will be arranged only if the written work is passed, and can be used to adjust the note on the Master thesis, with no more than one note, either up or down, on the scale.

Compulsory seminar are approved for 4 years.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Disability and Society (MFUNKSAM)

Required previous knowledge

Only students admitted to the Master's degree in Disability and Societies may submit the thesis. All exams that constitute the Master degree in Disability and Society must be completed and passed successfully to be able to have the final exam.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  45.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Social Work


Examination arrangement: Master thesis

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Master thesis 100/100 ALLE



Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Master thesis 100/100 ALLE 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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