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HUMR5200 - Thesis in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights

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  • Spring 2008
  • Spring 2006

Course content

Your thesis is the culmination of your master’s degree studies. During the writing process you will have an advisor from whom you will receive advice and substantive guidance.

If the content of the thesis is juridical: The substantive portion of your thesis should be no more than 18,000 words (i.e. introduction, all chapters, conclusion). Footnotes are included in the 18,000 words. Not included in the wordcount: Preface, table of content, acknowledgements, bibliography, tables and registers.

The thesis is an independent work, and the topic is of the student’s own choice within the field of the programme.If the content of the thesis is multidisciplinary: The substantive portion of your thesis should be no more than 20,000 words, footnotes included (preface, table of content, acknowledgements, bibliography, tables and registers not included).

It is the student and supervisor who decide whether the thesis should be recognised as strictly juridical, non-juridical or partly juridical.

It is also possible to write the thesis with 60 credits scope.

Learning outcome

The purpose of your thesis is to develop, exercise and demonstrate your expertise in the particular field your thesis, as well as of your general scholarly competence. Your thesis should be an independent contribution to scholarly knowledge and discourse and will be deposited in the library of the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights.


Students at UiO must apply for courses in StudentWeb.

International applicants, if you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.

Admission is restricted to students enrolled in the Master of Philosophy program in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Students must have passed the examination in - HUMR5191 - Human Rights Methodology: Research, Analysis and Thesis in order to register for this course.


The form of teaching is independent work and seminars. Before starting the actual writing, students take part in seminars which prepares you for the process of thesis writing. The seminars will offer necessary tools and guidelines for researching and writing a good scholarly thesis based on independent thinking and sound argument.

Supervision is mandatory, and students are given 15 hours individual supervision. The supervisor must be appointed by the Faculty.

1. Practical information about the thesis writing (guidelines, deadlines)

a) Remember to register for the thesis in the Studentweb within the deadline: February 1.

b) Students will find important practical material in how to write the master's thesis in the Guidelines for writing a thesis – formal and practical requirements
Students are required to read this information.

c) Thesis template: Students are required to use the thesis template, which can be downloaded here (download it on your own computer): thesis template (Word/Open Office)

d) Students who need assistance with the template, may contact 'Juriteket' at Domus Nova, 3rd floor. They will give you excellent guidance.

e) Ethical guidelines for supervisors at the University of Oslo

Deadline of submission: 15 May 

If you are not able to meet the deadline, next deadline is 1st December. If you deliver within 1 December, your diploma will show that you have submitted your thesis during autumn and thus has been delayed in your studies. All students must rememeber to register in Studentweb for the thesis and pay the semester fee within the deadline 1 Februaryr (or 1 September for the 1st December deadline).

2. Other relevant information

A list of theses submitted by our previous students can be found by visiting DUO Open Research Archive. You can search for a spesific title or a theme, or search by the name of the student.


3. Submission of thesis:

  1. All students must submit their master's thesis to DUO open research archive. This is mandatory. A paper version of the thesis is not necessary.
  2. Students should read the instructions about how to submit the thesis in DUO open research archive
  3. In addition, students should send the e-mail receipt showing that they have been submitting the thesis to DUO, and the supervisor form (if the supervisor is external) to: b.l.kraabol (at)    Supervisor form


Written assignment of Master’s Thesis. Grades A-F (F=fail).

The following criterias are used when assessing the thesis:

  • A clear, well-defined problem
  • Originality in the treatment of the topic (not simply repetition of what others have said, but at least in part a genuine original contribution)
  • Quality of the arguments presented
  • Quality and clearness of the structure of the presentation
  • Use of literature (familiarity with the relevant literature, judicious choice of relevant literature and documentation)
  • Soundness of the conclusions in relation to the treatment

Submission of thesis:

See above under 'Teaching'.

Language of examination

The Master's thesis should be written in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Withdrawal from an examination

If you wish to withdraw from the exam you must do so in StudentWeb at least two weeks prior to the deadline. Failure to do so will be counted as one of the three opportunities to sit the exam.

Special examination arrangements

If you have a disability or a health problem that entails significant inconvenience in an examination situation, you may be considered for special examination arrangements. Mothers who are breastfeeding may apply for extra time to complete the exam.

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