PSY3909 - Master’s Thesis in Risk Psychology, Environment and Safety


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Master's thesis

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Assignment 100/100

Course content

The master's thesis work consists of writing a master's thesis and attending seminars. Students must attend an obligatory master's thesis seminar within the unit. This seminar is meant to prepare the student for working with the thesis. The supervisor, other teachers attached to the unit, as well as other students are also invited to attend the seminar which is arranged early in the 3rd semester of the master programme. Student presentations and plans for their theses, discussions involving methodological design, strategies regarding practical aspects in the writing and structuring of the thesis, relevant ethical standards and research ethics are central elements in the seminar. Participation in the master seminar must be approved before the thesis can be submitted. It is possible to apply for an exemption regarding the seminar participation if the student is accepted at a university abroad during this semester. In such a case, the student must come up with a written outline of the thesis (exhausive) before the end of the 3rd semester (1st of December). It is highly recommended that the topic of the master's thesis is chosen from the speciality area of the student. It should result in a presentation of a scientific study (empirical or theorethical)which may well be related to earlier courses or independent tasks. There are certain rules for the structuring of the master's thesis, and of criteria connected to the evaluation. These can be obtained from the Department of Psychology. The choice of theme and of the specific problem area of the master's thesis are expected to be a result of discussions with the supervisor. Supervision is therefore an essential component. Supervision is a necessary instrument of quality assurance in the work with collection and analysis of data, as well as a guarantee that the work is performed within approved ethical standards of scientific research. A Master agreement must be signed before the supervision take place.

Learning outcome

After the completion of the master's thesis the student should be able to carry out a research project based on sound science, present research results orally and in writing, contribute to the development of networks and the planning of research projects, work independently and supervise students at lower academic levels.

Learning methods and activities

Admission to MPhil in Risk Rsychology, Environment and Safety is required to take the course. ndividual studies in relation to supervision; participation in seminars.

Forms of evaluations and examination: The master's thesis can be presented in the form of a monography or in the form of 1-2 separate papers and a summary. The evaluation of the thesis and a regulating oral examination is provided by an external examination committee.

Deadline for submission is May 15th if the student wants the final examination result registered before the end of the spring semester.

Compulsory assignments

  • Deltakelse på masteroppgaveseminar og godkjent presentasjon. Veilednin
  • Faglig veiledning

Specific conditions

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:
Risk Psychology, Environment and Safety (MPRIPENSA)

Required previous knowledge

All examinations required for the MPhil in Risk Psychology, Environment and Safety must be passed before the thesis can be submitted.

Course materials

Individually selected.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
PSY3905 45.0 01.09.2009
SVPSY390 45.0 01.09.2009
PSY3910 45.0 01.09.2010


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Master's thesis

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100
  • * 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.