NATRBI3900 - Master Thesis in Natural Resources Management - Biology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Master thesis with oral defense
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Master thesis with oral defense 100/100

Course content

The master's thesis consists of an independent project work within the field of biology. The work is linked to ongoing research activity at the department. When working on the master thesis the student should learn to work in a systematic manner within a specific field and acquire detailed knowledge and skills through both practical work and literature surveys.

Learning methods and activities

Before beginning with the master project work, the student must take part in the compulsory HSE training at the faculty (HMS0003).

All students doing their master's thesis at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology, should conclude an agreement regarding counselling. The master agreement, with attached project description and risk assessment, should be handed in by the 20th of January the first year of your Masters, unless otherwise agreed with the Department.

The standard contact period with the supervisor(s) is 50 hours, which is the standard for a masters thesis of 60 credits. Any contact between supervisor/s and student beyond this, depends on the supervisor(s) choice of supervision methodology. It is expected that the student works independently beyond the standard contact period.

The master thesis (60 credits) amounts to 40 weeks of work. The work is usually distributed between the two last semesters of the master degree and must be described in more detail in the master agreement.

Compulsory assignments

  • Risk assessment

Further on evaluation

The deadline for submission of the thesis is 15th of May, unless otherwise agreed with the Department.

It is mandatory for all to have conducted a risk assessment of the master thesis project prior to starting your thesis. The risk assessment is conducted with help from your supervisor and submitted in Blackboard.

The oral defense of the thesis project consists of a presentation and a discussion/examination. Permitted examination aids are to be determined in cooperation with your supervisor.

National regulations have been established for evaluation of Master’s theses within the STEM fields: more info can be found on the page Description of grades for master thesis.

Normal rules apply for appealing the grade. A new oral defense is only arranged if the new examiners disagree with the grade given in the original evaluation.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Natural Resources Management (MSNARM)

Required previous knowledge

Passed HSE course: HMS0003

Admission to MSNARM and approved master agreement.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  60.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Biology
  • Enviromental Management
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Biology


Examination arrangement: Master thesis with oral defense

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Master thesis with oral defense 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Master thesis with oral defense 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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