MV2000 - Bachelor's Thesis in Media Studies


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2020/2021

Course content

MV2000 is a final advanced course that provides students with a survey of current research within in media studies in general and at NTNU in particular. Students will develop and explore a topic of their choosing via a longer written work. The course thus also further develops students’ writing skills and provides them with the opportunity to independently develop and pursue a theoretical, empirical, or practical research question in media studies.

Learning outcome


Upon successful completion of this course students will have:
- general knowledge of a range of research topics in media studies.
- basic knowledge of scholarly work processes in a media studies context.
- in-depth knowledge of a media studies topic of their own choosing.


Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- formulate a research question of their own choosing based on theories and methods they have learned about in the course of their studies.
- develop appropriate research questions starting from theories and research methods developed through the course of their degree studies in a chosen subject.
- produce a long scholarly text that demonstrates a good command of various theories and methods from media studies.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and seminars.

The student will develop a research question, as well as evaluate sources and literature for a self-chosen reading list. The research question will be pursued and the thesis will be written both in supervised seminars and under individual supervision.

About the activities in the course:
-The student will choose the topic and develop the research question for the thesis early in the semester. Deadline for submission will be announced in the beginning of the semester.
- Individual reading list and research question, developed in collaboration with the supervisor. The reading list must consist of literature relevant for the work.
- The student will give an oral presentation of the project in the seminar.

Students are required to check the result of their assignments and to stay updated on any information provided by the department or course leader via Blackboard.
This course may be taught in Norwegian or English, depending on staff availability.

Compulsory assignments

  • Mandatory attendance on the first day of the lecture
  • Submission of project description before the specified deadline
  • Oral presentation of the project in the seminar

Further on evaluation

The final assessment is based on a written assignment of 6000-7000 words, designed according to standard academic requirements, and an oral exam. In the oral examination the student will have the opportunity to defend their written assignment and give their own assessment of their work.
In case of retaking the exam, the student needs to formulate a significantly reworked research question. The exam may only be retaken in a semester when the course is taught.

Specific conditions

Limited admission to classes.

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Media Studies (BMV)

Required previous knowledge

Requires admission to the Bachelor's programme in Media Studies.
Specialization (a minimum of 75 ECTS) in Media Studies.

Course materials

The reading list for the course consists of approx. 1200 pages. About half of these are set by teacher, while at least 500 pages of literature relevant to the chosen topic are selected by the student in consultation with the supervisor.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MV2014 15.0 01.09.2020
MV2015 15.0 01.09.2020
MV2100 15.0 01.09.2020
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Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Media Studies and Communication
  • Media and Communication Studies
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Art and Media Studies



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