MUSV3006 - Master's Thesis in Musicology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Master thesis
Grade: Letter grades

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

Course content

The Master's Thesis is the equivalent work load of one full academic year, and should display the student's ability to conduct independent academic work. The topic may be taken from any area within musicology. Particularly skilled students may seek to have a larger compositional or artistic project approved, as a part of an academic thesis. An academic reflection must be tied to the compositional or artistic project. The written part of the thesis will subsequently be reduced in accordance with the extent of the project. All topics for the thesis must be approved by the Department.

Learning outcome


Examinees with completed qualifications in MUSV3006

  • have in-depth knowledge about the field or topic which they have researched in their master's theses
  • have knowledge of the theories and methods involved in their master's theses
  • have competence with good prose writing and basic academic writing
  • know how to handle and examine, adapt and employ, relevant materials and sources


Examinees with completed qualifications in MUSV3006

  • can acquire and make use of national as well as international research literature
  • can search, find, and evaluate relevant research-based knowledge to illuminate issues within the scope of their research subject
  • can handle and assess information including large datasets
  • can prepare, carry out, and publish an independent work of research

Learning methods and activities

Academic supervision and Master's seminar.

Students will write their Master's thesis in Musicology under academic supervision. The required size of the thesis is normally 36,000-45,000 words for the main-text content without bibliography, examples, and notes.

Please see link for the numbers of hours of supervision eligible for your master's thesis.

Further on evaluation

If the master's thesis is not passed, a new or reworked master's thesis with significant changes must be resubmitted for grading one more time.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Musicology (MMUSV)

Required previous knowledge

Requires admission to the Master's programme in Musicology.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MUSV3006 60.0 AUTUMN 2012
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Version: 2
Credits:  60.0 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)
  • Musicology
Contact information


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





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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