GEOG3920 - Master's Thesis - Development Studies - Geography


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2020/2021

Course content

The thesis consists of a scientific presentation of a chosen topic. The thesis should be between 31 500 - 35 000 words (Times New Roman 12 / spacing 1.5 / approximately 90 - 100 pages). Students must prepare a project proposal. Supervisor will be assigned on the basis of this project proposal. The supervisor and MPhil coordinator must be kept informed about the progress of the writing. Candidates are expected to collect data and conduct fieldwork for their thesis in the beginning of the third semester (2-3 months). The thesis is expected to be completed within four terms from admission to the course. Supervision will not be given beyond this. The thesis must be written individually and in English.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: Students will be trained in doing a substantial research project, comprising of methodological and analytical training.
Skills: Through theoretical and methodological training, students will be trained in the formulaton of research questions, identifying and conducting and appropriate methodology and analytical approach for their research.
General competence: The students will obtain competency in designing and conducting Research on processes of change related to Development, which is relevant for work in aid/humanitarian agencies and international organizations.

Learning methods and activities

Individual supervision. It is expected that examination is completed in English.
All master’s candidates at the Department of Geography have to sign an agreement for carrying out a master’s thesis. The agreement confirms that the topic for the master's thesis is approved, that the tutorial relationship has been established and that the parties (student, tutor and department) are familiar with the guidelines that apply for carrying out a master's thesis at the Department of Geography. The agreement is also governed by legislation, study regulations and the study programme for the master's degree.

Further on evaluation

Examination: Master`s thesis and one hour oral defence of the thesis. The deadline for submission of the thesis is normally in May. At the beginning of the oral examination the candidate must hold a 10-15-minute presentation of the thesis. It will not be possible to use PowerPoint or similar presentation tools. The grade for the master's thesis may be adjusted after the oral examination.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Development Studies (MPSVDEV)

Required previous knowledge

Completed all the compulsory and elective courses within the master program.

More on the course



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



Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Geography
  • Social Sciences
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geography



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