RAD3902 - Master Thesis in Counselling


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Master's thesis and Oral examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Oral examination
Assignment 100/100 6 months

Course content

The master's thesis consists of an independent research work that is carried out in the last (4th) semester of the program. The course is a mandatory part of the program. The work is to result in a report of 22500 words (+/- 10 %, A4, line spacing 1,15, Verdana 10 pt.), abstract, reference list and appendices excluded.
An appointed supervisor will supervise the student. The supervision is mandatory, and will ensure that the student receives advice regarding literature, methodological demands, data collection and ethical guidelines for research. After delivering the thesis the final exam consists of evaluation and an oral exam. The oral exam will be used to adjust the grade on the master's thesis. The thesis may be written as an article.

Learning outcome

The candidate...
- has advanced analytic knowledge about the historical development of the counselling field, and it´s relevance to society, and has specialised knowledge from a specific field of study by carrying out an independent research work in the master thesis
- has insight into analysing empirical data, knowledge about relevant scientific methods in counselling, and knowledge about critical evaluation of their own and others´ research
- has knowledge about ethical questions regarding their own research, and can convey and discuss findings and conclusions

The candidate...
- can analyze empirical data and see it in connection with relevant theories to provide illumination and interpretation of the empirical data
- can critically evaluate others´ and one’s own research, reflect upon ethical research topics, convey and discuss the conclusions in their own research
- can apply relevant methods in an independent and ethically defendable manner according to norms for research ethics, in small scale research projects

General competence
The candidate...
- can both professionally and ethically analyze relevant counselling research questions, and competently apply the terminology and expressions of the counselling field
- can plan, carry out and write an independent research work, and transfer this research knowledge into new areas and advanced projects
- can communicate and mediate research questions, analysis and conclusions to specialists and the general community
- can contribute to new thinking and innovative ways of working in relevant professional fields

Learning methods and activities

Compulsory activity: A project description of maximum 4 pages for the master's thesis is to be submitted (A4, line spacing 1,5, Times New Roman 12 pt.).
The subject of the project topic must be approved before submission, and the project description must be approved before appointment of a supervisor for the master's thesis work in the 4th semester.

Carrying out the master's thesis
Individual supervision will be offered by the Department, according to the Department's guidelines. All students must submit a master's thesis agreement. The agreement confirms that the thesis' topic is approved, and that both student and supervisor are familiar with and have accepted the procedural guidelines.

Compulsory assignments

  • Submission of project description for Master's Thesis, 4 pp

Further on evaluation

Form of assessment: Submission of master's thesis and oral exam.

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:
Counselling Science (MRÅDG)

Required previous knowledge

RAD3031, RAD3032, RAD3033, RAD3034, RAD3039, VLR3008 and RAD3050, or similar. The requirement must be fulfilled to be admitted to the course.

Course materials

Will be announced at the start of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
PED3902 30.0 01.09.2011
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Version: 1
Credits:  30.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Education
  • Counselling
  • Social Sciences
  • Guidance Education
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Education and Lifelong Learning



Examination arrangement: Master's thesis and Oral examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral examination
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 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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