HGO4080 - Master's thesis 30 credits
A master's thesis of 30 credits is an option for students who wish to carry out an independent academic work of minor scope than a 60 credit master's thesis.
Students are required to have a member of the academic staff as their supervisor. Any external co- or main supervisor must be approved by the department.
Undertaking a master’s thesis will prepare you to conduct independent academic work. You will also gain experience using methodology in practice, as well as experience in combining theory and research data in your writing.
Admission to the course is dependent on admission to the master’s degree programme in human geography.
Students with admission to the programme must each semester register which courses and examinations they wish to sign up for in StudentWeb.
If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see degrees and programmes of study and admission to study programmes.
Formal prerequisite knowledge
You must have passed the examination in HGO4011 – 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 a total of between 20,000 and 25,000 words (inclusive of summary, table of contents, reference list, etc.).
Theses that deviate from the specified maximum word limit will be rejected. The next deadline for submission will then apply. If there is a need to deviate from the specified word limit, the student is required, in consultation with her supervisor, to apply to the head of studies three weeks before the submission deadline. The application must be academically reasoned.
Following the assessment of the thesis, there will be an oral examination of the thesis and its theme that adjusts and finalizes the grade.
A high academic level is required of all master’s theses in human geography, both those of 30 and 60 credits. «Minor scope» is used here in relation to how extensive the work is academically, not its quality. Narrower issues, limited data collection, use of secondary sources and more focused analytical frameworks are considered to be of less scope than is expected for a 60 credit master theses.
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.