SARB3900 - Thesis in Social Work


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Master thesis
Grade: Letters

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

Course content

The Master thesis is an independent scientific study of a topic chosen by the student. The thesis should be approximately 30 000 - 40 000 words. The thesis can also be written as a selection of articles (for more information, please contact the department). The department of Social Work appoints one of the teaching staff as an advisor, after the student has submitted an application. 

Learning outcome

The purpose with the master thesis is that the students shall make an individual research work with relevance for the scientific field of Social Work.

Knowledge about:

  • relevant research methods and research design
  • scientific knowledge production
  • research ethics
  • scientific writing


  • can make research design, data gathering method(s) and analyzing methods according to chosen issue
  • can document insight to national and international research within the chosen issue, and relate to own project and own findings
  • can use relevant research methods regarding the concrete research work
  • can systematize, analyze and discuss gathered data
  • can consider research ethic issues associated own project
  • can convey results from own research in line with scientific demands

General competence:

  • can analyze relevant subject, work and research ethic issues within Social Work
  • can convey a comprehensive individual work and communicate about professional and ethic issues within the field
  • can be critical to theory and research results
  • can show analytical and reflexive competence

Learning methods and activities

Teaching method: Individual supervision and compulsory master's seminar. In addition, seminars on research ethics and NSD, writing process, data collection and master's sketch will be arranged.

Compulsory participation in a master's seminar must be approved. The seminar will be arranged once per. year, in the spring semester. For the seminar, each student will prepare and present a project sketch with a plan for implementation. Supervisor is appointed upon application from the candidate.

Compulsory assignments

  • One compulsory master seminar

Further on evaluation

SARB3900 is the final exam in Social Work, and the students sign up for the exam on Studentweb. A period of approximately 12 weeks must be allowed for, after the submitting of the thesis, until the final exam can be held. The thesis is to be delivered by May 2nd(spring semester) or November 1st (autumn semester) the semester defined as the last semester in the student's individual Education plan. A Master's thesis in Norwegian must have a short summary in English, and an English thesis must have a short summary in Norwegian. Form of assessment: The Master thesis, a presentation of the thesis in the form of a lecture (approximately 30 minutes) and an oral exam. The presentation and the oral exam will be arranged only if the written work is passed, and can be used to adjust the grade on the Master thesis, with no more than one grade, either up or down, on the scale.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Social work (MSARB)

Required previous knowledge

Admission to the Masters' program in Social Work. The student must have completed all obligatory and optional courses in the program to be able to have the final exam.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SVSA392 45.0
SVSA390 45.0
SA8 45.0
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  45.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Social Sciences
  • Social Work
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Social Work


Examination arrangement: Master thesis

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Master thesis 100/100 ALLE





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Master thesis 100/100 ALLE INSPERA
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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