SOS3901 - Master's Thesis in Sociology


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 must include a scientific analysis of a sociological topic preferably related to one of the specialization courses. The thesis should be between 50-55 pages, and must not exceed 22 000 words (table of contents, reference list and attachments are excluded). 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 part of the study program for students who wish to submit a Master's Thesis. For students on the Master's degree program in Social Science with Teacher Education: The Master's thesis must be relevant for the profession and may be both disciplinary and/or didactic. The student must describe the professional relevance.

Learning outcome

Knowledge - the student shall:

  • learn how to carry out independent research.
  • through the obligatory 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's 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

Compulsory master's thesis seminars and supervision. The thesis is normally written individually, but can also be written in groups by agreement with the department. The thesis is written as a monograph. The subject of the thesis must be approved by the department. Every student must sign a master's thesis agreement which, among other things, regulates supervision. Submission of the master's thesis agreement is before January 10 in the spring semester. The thesis has a deadline, and must be submitted before 21 weeks (including Easter) have passed after submission of the master's thesis agreement. The deadline of the thesis is therefore June 6 in the spring semester.

Form of assessment: Master Thesis and an oral exam. Submission deadline for the thesis is June 6th in the spring semester. Please contact the departement for further information.

Compulsory assignments

  • Compulsory master thesis seminar and supervision

Further on evaluation

The oral exam may adjust the grade by one unit on the scale. All other examinations in the Master's program must be passed before the final thesis exam.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Social Science with Teacher Education, years 8 - 13 (MLSAM)
Sociology (MSOS)

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SVSOS390 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: -

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Sociology
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





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Spring ORD Master thesis with an adjusting oral exam 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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