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During your studies

Below you will find information about the study plan agreement, changes in the study plan agreement, master's projects and supervision.

The first semester is normally devoted to courses. If you have found a supervisor and plan to start the work with your thesis in the first semester, please contact the programme coordinator.

Study Plan Agreement

The Study Plan Agreement is an agreement between you, the supervisor(s) and the programme board. The agreement should be submitted no later than 1 December in the first semester of your studies. You should fill in the study plan agreement in cooperation with your supervisor(s) and submit it in Nettskjema (online) along with a project description from your supervisor.

Changes in the Study Plan Agreement:

You may apply for a change in the Study Plan Agreement. A change can be an extension of the agreement, a change in the theoretical curriculum/project description/supervision, part time studies/leave et cetera. Note that the application usually will require documentation such as a medical certificate, an employment contract or similar.

Special Curriculum:

Up to 10 credits of special curriculum as part of the theoretical curriculum of 60 credits can be approved by the local programme board if there are good reasons for doing so. The special curriculum is to be defined by chapters in books, articles or similar, and should be given a descriptive title. Special curriculum can also be a project. Supporting literature for the master's thesis will not be defined as special curriculum as this is regarded as part of the work with the thesis.

Special curriculum should be described by your supervisor:

For special curriculum the following applies:

If the special curriculum is approved, the study administration will register you for the special curriculum exam, as this is not possible for you to do in the StudentWeb. However, the registration will be visible in the StudentWeb with a special course code, depending on the number of credits awarded.

Assessment: Oral examination with two examiners present. If a project has been part of the curriculum, it will be included in the assessment.

Grading: Letter grades.

Orientation Meeting for students: Master's projects

During the first semester (October/November) there will be a meeting where the Research groups at ITA present a number of master's projects. You should have found a project and a supervisor before 1 December. The supervisor can suggest courses in the 2nd and also 3rd semester if you do not plan to take some of the recommended courses. Note: If you choose the latter, you need to check that the course you intend to register for will not interfere with other courses you are taking in the same semester.

External supervisor?

If you are to collaborate with an external supervisor (a person/institution/company not employed or connected to the University of Oslo), the local programme board will appoint a subsidiary supervisor from the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics (ITA) in order to safeguard the collaboration and step in if the collaboration terminates before the work with the thesis has been completed. External collaborations have to be approved by the local programme board.


If you have not found a supervisor before you start your 2nd semester, the local programme board will appoint one. The supervision is a mutual binding agreement between the student and the supervisor(s).

What is expected from you as a student:

  • Your progress is according to plan.
  • You meet with the supervisor(s) on a regular basis.
  • You will notify the supervisor(s) and the programme coordinator about any intermissions/breaks in regards of the thesis.
  • You have sufficient knowledge about ethics in science in regards of the thesis.

The supervisor is to:

  • Give supervision of high quality.
  • Encourage contact and continuity in the work with the thesis. The norm is to meet approximately once a week.
  • Inform you and the programme coordinator about any intermissions/breaks in regards of supervision if it is likely that it will affect the work with the thesis.
  • Inform you about the ethics in science in regards to the work with the thesis.
  • Abide the ethics regulations for supervisors.

Forms that the student and supervisor will need during the master's program:


If your cooperation with the supervisor for some reason does not work out, do not wait to seek advice. Contact the programme coordinator at an early stage to avoid a delay in your studies and an escalation of the problem.

Writing a thesis

During your studies you are to write a Master's thesis of 60 credits (one year of full time work with the thesis). For more information on writing a thesis, requirements, templates et cetera:


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Published July 6, 2016 10:42 AM - Last modified Feb. 26, 2021 4:00 PM