HGO4080 - Master's thesis 30 credits
The semester thesis is an independent piece of work on a defined research question. You can choose to do a 30-credit semester thesis instead of a 60-credit thesis. All students must have a member of the academic staff as a supervisor. Alternatively, an external co-supervisor or main supervisor must be approved by the department.
Getting started on a master’s thesis.
The thesis will prepare you for carrying out independent academic work, give you experience in the use of methods in practice, and enable you to gain practice in linking theory to empirical evidence.
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Formal prerequisite knowledge
You must have passed the examination in SGO4011 – Philosophy and Methodology of Human Geography and two of the theory courses.
You will receive individual supervision. A supervisor will be proposed for all students in the first semester of the master’s degree programme.
Supervisor contract (English version)
Supervisor contract (Norwegian version)
The thesis should be between 20 000 and 25 000 words all inclusive (summary, table of contents, bibliography etc.) The candidate can choose between a purely theoretical thesis or a more empirical thesis based on primary or secondary data and an analysis framework. The candidate's capacity for reflection and independent analysis will be two of the main areas of focus in the assessment of the thesis. Once the thesis has been graded, an oral examination will be held on the thesis and its topic.
Use of sources and citation
Language of examination
The master’s degree can be written in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
The oral examination will be held in Norwegian. Applications to hold the oral examination in English should be submitted to the exam consultant.
The oral examination will be carried out within eight weeks of the submission deadline. This is calculated from the last possible submission date, irrespective of whether the thesis is actually delivered earlier.
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.
Examination results are published in conjunction with the oral exam.
Explanations and appeals
It is recommended to request an explanation of your grade before you decide to appeal.
The deadline to request an explanation is one week after the grade is published. For oral and practical examinations, the deadline is immediately after you have received your grade.
The explanation should normally be given within two weeks after you have asked for it. The examiner decides whether the explanation is to be given in writing or verbally.
If you submit an appeal, your thesis will reassessed by two new examiners. At least one of the new examiners is external, i.e. from outside the University of Oslo. The new examiners will not have access to the original grade or the original examiners' explanation of this.Please note that the grade from the appeal process is final, and the grade awarded may be the same as, better or worse than the original grade. Only if the assessment of the master's thesis is changed, a new oral exam will be arranged.
Special examination arrangements
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.