MGLU5222 - Master Thesis in Music education


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Master's thesis
Grade: Letter grades

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

Course content

The master's thesis in music education corresponds to half a year of full-time work and must show that the candidate can work independently and research-based with an issue that is relevant in a teaching profession context. The theme for the thesis must be relevant for work with music in school. The project will include theoretical and research-based perspectives of relevance to the music subject in a teaching profession context.

Learning outcome



- has advanced knowledge of key topics and issues for music / music didactics.

- has specialized knowledge of the field / subject that he / she has worked with in his / her master's thesis.

- has in-depth knowledge of the theoretical and methodological perspectives used in the master's thesis.

- has knowledge of academic writing, research ethics and insight into research traditions that are relevant to music / music didactics / music pedagogy.

- can make use of advanced knowledge in critical discussion and reflection in dialogue with an academic, artistic and music professional community.



- can analyze and critically evaluate research and development work that is relevant to music / music didactics, and use different sources of information to structure and formulate professional reasoning.

- can make use of relevant research literature to shed light on issues within the chosen field / subject.

- can generate, document and analyze research material in own master's thesis.

- can work independently with a limited research topic.

- can prepare and carry out independent research work within music / music didactics under supervision and in line with current research ethics principles.

General competence


- can use their knowledge and skills to contribute to knowledge development in music / music didactics.

- can convey an independent work and masters those of the subject area's forms of expression and knowledge that he / she has worked with in his / her master's thesis.

Learning methods and activities

- Supervision and seminars

- The candidate will write a master's thesis in music education under supervision

- The candidate participates in mandatory seminars that are aimed at the individual project. Content and form of work will therefore vary.

Compulsory assignments

  • Supervision
  • Midway seminar
  • Final seminar with presentation of own master's project

Further on evaluation

Mandatory work requirements:

- Supervision

- Midway seminar

- Final seminar with presentation of own master's project and opposition to fellow student's project

Mandatory work requirements are assessed with approved / not approved. Mandatory work requirements must be approved before one can apply for the exam. Candidates who are in danger of being refused to sit for the exam due to lack of work requirements, shall be notified of this, cf. regulations on studies at NTNU. Master's thesis New / postponed exam is conducted in accordance with current study regulations at NTNU.

The master's thesis is normally written in monograph form. The assignment is delivered individually or as a joint project for two students. If the thesis is submitted as joint work, a document describing the individual candidate's contribution must be attached. This will normally involve individual assessment of the candidates.

Specific conditions

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

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Primary and Lower Secondary Teacher Education for Years 1-7 (MGLU1-7)
Primary and Lower Secondary Teacher Education for Years 5-10 (MGLU5-10)

Required previous knowledge

- Passed Music 1 and Music 2 (60 credits) or equivalent.

- Passed FOU assignment in the third year of MGLU teacher education.

Course materials

Self-selected literature

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2023

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Teacher Education
  • Musicology
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Teacher Education


Examination arrangement: Master's thesis

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Master's thesis 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.

For more information regarding registration for examination and examination procedures, see "Innsida - Exams"

More on examinations at NTNU