KJ3950 - Master Thesis in Chemistry


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Master thesis
Grade: Letter grades

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

Course content

Supervised research project of 30 ECTS credits within chemistry for students in the study program Natural Science with Teacher Education (MLREAL). The field of study for the research project can be chemistry or chemistry didactics.

In the thesis, the candidate shall reflect briefly on its relevance for the candidate as a teacher, and its contribution to/relevance for sustainable development in light of for example the UN sustainability goals or sustainable development as a multidisciplinary subject in Norwegian schools, as described in the National Curriculum.

Learning outcome


After completing the course, the student can:

  • Describe up-to-date scientific theories, relevant methods, and techniques within the field of study of the Master's thesis.
  • Analyze research questions on the basis of knowledge within international research in the field of study of the Master's thesis.


After completing the course, the student can:

  • Carry out an independent research project with supervision following present-day norms for research ethics.
  • Systematically acquire knowledge via, for instance, literature searches.
  • Gather and analyze samples/data, carry out statistical analysis, and interpret and present research results in accordance with the terminology in the field of study.
  • Assess their research activity and results, and evaluate the quality and importance of this in connection with the current state-of-the-art within the field of study and their profession.
  • Write an extensive scientific report.

General knowledge

After completing the course, the student can:

  • Disseminate scientific research questions and results in written form and orally.
  • Carry out and solve advanced tasks and projects, both independently and in collaboration with their supervisor(s) and assess their own contribution to projects.
  • Continuously develop their scientific competence.
  • Contribute to new thought and innovation processes within chemistry.

Learning methods and activities

Independent research work under supervision. For general information about writing your thesis, please see the NTNU web pages about Academic writing. See also the description in Masters thesis in natural sciences and informatics, and note that you:

  • must find a project and supervisor(s) at the Department for your master's thesis,
  • must submit a signed master's contract (between you, the supervisor(s), and the Department) to the study advisor at the Department.

Before beginning with the master project work, the student must complete the compulsory HSE training at the Department and the Faculty.

The standard contact period with the supervisor(s) is 25 hours. Any contact between the supervisor(s) and student beyond this, depends on the supervisor(s) choice of supervision methodology. The workload for the thesis corresponds to 800-900 hours.

The teaching activities include an obligatory public oral presentation of the master thesis. This oral presentation is expected to last 20-30 minutes and should be given at a level accessible to fellow master students in chemistry.

Compulsory assignments

  • Oral presentation of master thesis in advance of submission

Further on evaluation

The evaluation is based on the written Master's thesis. The grade is given in accordance with the national regulation for the assessment and description of grades for Master's theses in MST subjects.

The master's thesis is to be submitted in NTNU's examination system (Inspera Assessment). Information about the submission process can be found at Submitting bachelor and master thesis - for students.

The deadline for submitting the master's thesis is regulated by the study program, please see Masters thesis in natural sciences and informatics. You must apply for an extension of the deadline if you are delayed in your work and unable to meet the deadline.

If you fail your master’s thesis you can submit a new or revised thesis once. It is not possible to improve an awarded passing grade by submitting a new thesis. However, you are allowed to appeal the awarded grade.

The deadline for the assessment of the master's thesis is 3 months.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
KJ3950 30.0 AUTUMN 2016
More on the course

Version: 2
Credits:  30.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: -

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Chemistry
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Chemistry


Examination arrangement: Master thesis

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Master thesis 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Master thesis 100/100 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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