MGLU5227 - Master Thesis in Special 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 student must plan and carry out independent research work relevant to the special education subject area. The work on the master's thesis is based on a project plan that the student has prepared and approved in advance in the 9th semester. The student can choose whether the research work should include empirical data or only be theoretically based. The master's thesis is the research report where the student documents the work and presents his research findings. Through the master's thesis, the student must, on the basis of the chosen research question, show insight into current research, theories and research methods. The master's thesis is written under supervision.

Learning outcome


The student

  • has specialized knowledge within a limited subject area in special education
  • has in-depth knowledge of the research process, from planning, through implementation and to documentation of an independent research work


The student

  • can, under supervision, design and carry out a research project in line with current research ethics norms
  • can familiarize himself with research literature and theory that is relevant to conducting research within a limited area in special education
  • can use relevant research methods to be able to conduct research in an independent manner
  • can find out and relate critically to various sources of information

General competence

The student

  • can disseminate extensive independent research work within the subject area
  • can critically evaluate various research work and their validity and relevance
  • can apply insight from a selected, specialized subject area with relevance to special education, and contribute to the development of special education practice in the school

Learning methods and activities

Own work under supervision in groups and / or individually.

Further on evaluation

Written master's thesis. The master's thesis is normally written in monograph form. The thesis 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.

Grade scale: A-F

Specific conditions

Required previous knowledge

The student must have passed PEL 1, 2, 3 and 4, «Introduction to special education» (30 credits), FoU assignment, «Special educational opportunities and challenges in reading, writing and mathematics» (15 credits) or «Special education with emphasis on social and emotional challenges» ( 15 credits) and «Science theory and method» (15 credits) before the work on the master's thesis can begin. The course is reserved for students with the right to study at the primary school teacher education.

Course materials

Self-chosen syllabus

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Teacher Education
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 *
Autumn ORD Master's thesis 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Master's 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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