SKIP3008 - Master's thesis in language and communication in the professions


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Master thesis
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Master thesis 100/100 1 semesters

Course content

The master`s thesis is an independent scientific work of 30 ECTS, representing a specialization within the student`s chosen topic. In their choice of topic, the student will explore an empirical research question relevant to the field. The master`s thesis should reflect the student`s ability to provide a nuanced, clear and precise presentation of a chosen topic, as well as their ability to disseminate results to peers within the discipline.

Supervision is a key component of the work with the thesis. This ensures that the student acquires the necessary knowledge, and monitors the collection and processing of data, verifying that the work takes place in accordance with ethical standards.

All master students must sign a master`s thesis agreement, which, among other things, regulates supervision. The thesis should be between 18 000 and 20 000 words. Two students can collaborate. The thesis should then be between 27 000 and 30 000 words.

Learning outcome

Candidates who have completed this course will have acquired the following learning outcomes, defined as knowledge, skills and general competence:


The candidate

- has specialized insight into a defined issue in the field of language and communication in the professions

- has in-depth knowledge of a defined empirical field in its social and cultural context

- is able to apply scientific knowledge and understanding in independent and critical scientific research


The candidate

- is able to select and process relevant literature and use it to formulate and structure a standpoint using scientific reasoning

- is able to analyze a communication phenomenon using relevant concepts and categories

- is able to prepare a text in accordance with the formal requirements that apply to scientific texts

General competence

The candidate

- is able to apply relevant theories and methods to discuss a chosen communication phenomenon

- is able to plan and carry out an independent research project in line with scientific norms

- is able to identify and assess ethical issues associated with working with empirical data in a scientific context

Learning methods and activities

Please see link for the numbers of hours of supervision eligible for your master`s thesis.

Compulsory assignments

  • academic supervision

Further on evaluation

Students who have previously earned a passing grade on a master`s thesis in language and communication in the professions cannot submit for assessment another master`s thesis in language and communication in the professions (cf. Section 5-9 of NTNU`s academic regulations).

Students who fail their master`s thesis must apply to the department for leave to submit another master`s thesis (cf. supplementary regulations to Section 5-9 of the academic regulations for the Faculty of Humanities).

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Language and Communication in the Professions (MSKIP)

Required previous knowledge

Requires admission to the Master`s Programme in Language and Communication in the Professions.

SKIP3001, SKIP3002, SKIP3004, and SKIP3006 must be completed.

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Applied Linguistics
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Language and Literature


Examination arrangement: Master thesis

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





Room Building Number of candidates
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