POL3901 - Master Thesis in Political Science


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 shall include a scientific analysis of a topic within political science, preferably connected to one of the programme's specialization courses. The thesis should have a length of 50-55 pages and must not exceed 22000 words (table of contents, reference list and attachments are excluded). The thesis must be an individual work and should be in the form of a monograph. The student must participate in the compulsory master's thesis seminars. 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 component of the programme for students who wish to submit a master thesis. For students on the Master's degree programme in Social Science with Teacher Education: The master thesis must be relevant for the profession and may be both disciplinary and/or didactic. The student must describe the relevance for the profession.

Learning outcome

Knowledge - the student shall:

  • have a theoretically comprehensive knowledge of the specific research topic
  • learn how one carries out an independent research work
  • through the master's seminars and supervision receive an insight into the different steps of the research process: engage in constructive and critical evaluation of others' research, plan research, collect data, analysis and presentation

Skills - the student shall demonstrate the ability to:

  • carry out independent research
  • through work on a master thesis, acquire skills that are useful not only in relation to research but also in relation to investigative work, teaching, journalism, etc.

Learning methods and activities

Mandatory master thesis seminar and individual supervision. The subject of the thesis must be approved by the department. Every student must sign a master thesis agreement which, among other things, regulates supervision. The master thesis agreement must be signed by January 10 in the spring semester. The thesis has a deadline, and must be submitted within 21 weeks (including Easter) after the submission of the master thesis agreement. The deadline of the thesis is therefore June 6.

Compulsory assignments

  • Compulsory master thesis seminar and individual supervision

Further on evaluation

Form of assessment: Master thesis and an oral examination which can be used to adjust the grade by one unit on the scale. All other examinations in the master's programme must be completed before the master thesis can be evaluated.

Specific conditions

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SVPOL390 30.0
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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: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Political Science
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
  • * 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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