ODA3901 - Master's Thesis in Organization, Digitalization, Administration and Work


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Master thesis with an adjusting oral exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Master thesis with an adjusting oral exam 100/100

Course content

The Master Thesis must include a scientific analysis of a topic within organization, digitalization, administration and work. The thesis should be between 50-55 pages, and must not exceed 22 000 words (table of contents, reference list and attachments are excluded). The student must participate in the compulsory master's thesis seminars which starts already in the first semester. Supervision constitutes a substantial part of the work with the thesis. This ensures that the student is offered the necessary knowledge and involves an essential control of the collecting and treatment of data, within ethical research guidelines. Supervision is therefore a compulsory part of the study program for students who wish to submit a Master’s Thesis.

Learning outcome

Knowledge - the student shall:

* have learned how to carry out independent research work.

* through mandatory guidance gain insight into the various steps of the research process: constructive and critical assessment of others research, research planning and collaboration, data collection, analysis and dissemination.

Skills - the student shall demonstrate the ability to:

* carry out independent research work.

* through the work on the master’s thesis acquire skills that can be used not only in a research context, but also e.g. in information and communication work, journalism and other media work, investigation and evaluation work, teaching and so on.

General competence - the candidate:

* can independently plan and carry out research and evaluation projects in the intersection of organization, digitalization, work and administration with the use of social science methods, both independently and in collaboration with others.

* get a conceptual framework for analyzing, illuminating, and reflecting on technology, politics, and societal change.

* understands how key dimensions in the digital economy are important for working life, professions, organizations, and the welfare state.

* can act as an advisor who sets digitalization processes in context.

Learning methods and activities

Compulsory master’s thesis seminar and supervision. The master’s thesis is normally written individually, but can also be written together by agreement with the department. The subject of the thesis must be approved by the department. Students in the MODAA-program who wish to write a master’s thesis that builds on the work on the internship report (ODA3010), have the opportunity to do so by agreement with the organization. Every student must sign a master’s thesis agreement which, among other things, regulates the supervision. Submission of the master’s thesis agreement is before January 10 in the spring semester. The thesis has a deadline, and must be submitted before 21 weeks (including Easter) have passed after submission of the master’s agreement. The deadline of the thesis is therefore June 6 in the spring semester.

Compulsory assignments

  • Compulsory master thesis seminar, work requirements and supervision

Further on evaluation

The oral exam may adjust the grade by one unit on the scale. All other examinations in the Masters program must be passed before the final thesis exam.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Organization, digitalization, administration and work (MODAA)

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  30.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Social Sciences
  • Sociology
  • Political Science
  • Economics and Administration
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Sociology and Political Science


Examination arrangement: Master thesis with an adjusting oral exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Master thesis with an adjusting oral exam 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Master thesis with an adjusting oral exam 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
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