KULT3391 - STS: Master's Thesis in Science and Technology Studies (STS)


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Master thesis
Grade: Letter grades

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

Course content

The thesis should normally contain between 21 000 and 34 000 words. It shall demonstrate the ability to carry out an independent scientific research task. The thesis can be written as two articles with a common introduction of between 16 000 and 24 000 words. The topic for the master's thesis is selected in consultation with a supervisor, preferably in connection with an existing research project and shall be approved in the first semester.

Learning outcome

The thesis work will provide students with practical training in conducting research work. The student will learn how a problem is constructed and how empirical material is collected and analyzed. The students will gain experience in presenting research material in written form. The work will provide expertise in analyzing socio-technical phenomena and changes.


A candidate with a thesis in STS:

  • has good knowledge about the development of research design and methodology of a limited research mission
  • is able to consider appropriate sources and obtaining these
  • can use theory and prepare relevant analysis strategies
  • has knowledge of research ethics guidelines


A candidate with a thesis in STS has:

  • the ability to study a large portfolio of cases, analyze them and draw sound conclusions
  • training in a type of systematics and abstraction suitable for use in research work, innovation, education and policy development

Learning methods and activities

Students receive individual guidance on assignment writing. Please see link for the numbers of hours of supervision eligible for your master's thesis:

Further on evaluation

An adjusting oral part is included in the assessment.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Science and Technology Studies (STS) (MSTS)

Required previous knowledge

Admission to the master's programme in STS. To complete the thesis, the students must have passed KULT3301, KULT3303, KULT3304, KULT3322, EiT/HiP, KULT3307 or equivalent.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  52.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • History
  • Social Studies
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture


Examination arrangement: Master thesis

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



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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