NORD3900 - Master's Thesis in Scandinavian Studies


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Master thesis
Grade: Letters

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

Course content

The student chooses the subject and method with guidance from his/her academic adviser. The student will also have the opportunity to discuss their work in progress in a master's thesis seminar. The result will be an academic thesis of approx. 30 000-35 000 words, excluding the preface, reference list and appendices.

Learning outcome

Candidates will have obtained the following qualifications after successfully completing this course:


The candidate:

  •   has the ability to complete an independent work of research on a specialised topic under the guidance of an academic supervisor
  •   masters scientific argumentation and critical thinking
  •   can present scientific problems and results extensively in writing
  •   fulfills the requirements of scientific publishing

Learning methods and activities

Teaching method: Self-study, seminars (master thesis seminar), and individual supervision throughout the course. Assessment: An academic thesis of approx. 30 000-35 000 words. All students must write an abstract of the thesis of approx. ½-1 page, to be placed first in the thesis. The abstract should be written in Norwegian and preferably in English. The thesis will be submitted in the last semester of study, unless another arrangement is made with the adviser and department. Please see link for the numbers of hours of supervision eligible for your master's thesis

Further on evaluation

It is not possible for students who have been awarded a passing grade for the master's thesis in Scandinavian studies to have a new master's thesis in Scandinavian studies assessed (cf. the academic regulations for NTNU, §5-9). Students whose master's thesis has been assessed as a Fail (F) may apply to the department to submit a new thesis (cf. the additional academic regulations of the Faculty of Humanities).

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Scandinavian Language and Literature (MNORD)

Required previous knowledge

The student must be admitted to the Master's programme in Scandinavian and have passed the following exams: 1. either SPRÅK3001 and SPRÅK3002 or LITT3001 and LITT3002, 2. NORD3100 or two of the following courses SPRÅK3100, SPRÅK3200, SPRÅK3210, SPRÅK3300, 3. SPRÅL3500

Course materials

Individually decided.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
NORD3305 60.0
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Version: 1
Credits:  60.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Term no.: 3
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Term no.: 4
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Scandinavian Language and Literature
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Language and Literature


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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