Completing of the Master's programme
Routines for Submission of the thesis. The final examination, and the examiners of the thesis.
The regulations for the Masters program are based on the "Regulations concerning courses, course groups and degrees at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences . The program board and the Educational board also has the ability and opportunity to provide more specific/additional rules within the given framework in this regulation or in their own mandate.
1) It is the student’s own responsibility to ensure that all course requirements for the Bachelors program are met prior to the final semester at the latest. This also entails all the bachelor course requirements that are part of the basis for the Masters degree, including prerequisites. A final exam will not be scheduled until all the requirements are met.
2) All theoretical exams must be passed prior to the final exam. The 60 ECTS credits thesis should be printed and submitted by the end of the 4th semester, unless the student has received an extension or made proper arrangements for part-time studies. The supervisor, censors and the candidate set up a date for the exam, which normally is about four weeks after submission of the thesis. This is done in cooperation with the study section, which will book an appropriate room.
3) The thesis can be printed by the university facility (Reprotjenesten).
Log in with your username and password at Reprosentralen. IBV covers the cost of 15 copies in black and white or colored print, for max Nkr 1000. Payment information: 15550000-102420154 When choosing other ways of printing, you will not receive economical support from the Department. A standard cover page is available on this page. You may edit the page and add a figure if you wish.
4) All students must upload their master's thesis to the Student Web at latest on the date set there, and when the printed version is ordered. This ensures delivery to the DUO archive. You will receive a receipt via e-mail. Please contact your student advisor to agree upon a date for your final exam in good time before the exam.
Two copies of the printed thesis are given to your supervisor, who will ensure that the censors will receive a copy each.
Once the thesis is submitted, the studies are completed with an oral exam, scheduled about 4 weeks after thesis submission. The supervisor will contact the external and internal censors when the thesis has been submitted. He/she will also inform the Study section about the name of the censors and the time for the exam. The Study section will in turn prepare the necessary paperwork, and reserve a room for the exam. For candidates having carried out their thesis externally, this is done by the internal supervisor who helps finding the censors for the exam.
The exams are normally arranged during two time periods every year, at the end of each semester - the last week(s) of June, with submission deadline around mid May, and one week in the middle/end of December with submission deadline mid November. At the beginning of February and the end of August there are graduation ceremonies, where transcripts and diplomas are handed out.
After the exam, borrowed books and keys must be returned. Everyone must fill in and sign a Clearing Form in order to get their diploma. This form must be returned to the Department before the diploma is received and after the censors have approved the thesis and the presentation. Remember to report any change of address to the Student Web.
Losing your rights as a Masters student and inactivation of student status
A Masters student is considered active from the time he or she accepts the offer of admission to the Masters program, even though the Application for Approval of the study-plan for the Masters program is not yet submitted. Students who fail to submit this application by the set deadline will be regarded as inactive. Additionally, students, who according to the study-plan should have completed their degree, become inactive if they do not complete their degree on time. An inactive student will lose his/her privileges as a Masters student, and will be removed from the Masters program within 2 months, if he/she does not contact the student administration to obtain approval for a revised study-plan.
Part-time studies, extensions and permissions
The Masters program is normally a full-time study, but the program board may grant applications for part-time studies.
Part-time studies: Part-time studies are only granted in cases where the thesis project is of the long type (60 ECTS credits). If a shorter thesis project is chosen, part-time studies can only be granted for the theoretical part of the study. One can apply for up to 50% reduction in the progression. The study progress plan is defined in the contract for the Masters program.
Extension for submission of the thesis: An application for extension of the thesis submission must include a plan for completion. In the case of documented illness, extension can be granted for both the theoretical part and the thesis part of the Masters program. Extensions up to 6 weeks may be granted for projects with 30 ETCS credits, and up to 3 months for projects with 60 ECTS credits. For the former projects, extension is only granted once.
In the cases where the period of absence is longer, or there are other valid circumstances, the program board will in cooperation with the supervisor and the student evaluate if it is possible to make changes to the project or your studies in general. If you have worked as a teaching assistant, you may have a maximum of 2 months extension. Please contact the student administration for information. Students with maternity leave during their master studies, may also apply for an extension. Granted extensions of submission deadline will not influence the evaluation of the thesis.
Leave of absence from studies: If you consider a leave of absence from your studies, you will need to apply in writing to the program board to obtain their permission in advance. The board will, in cooperation with the supervisor, evaluate whether the basis for the application rather demands that the student receives a new master project. The application must be signed by the supervisor. Permissions are not granted for short master projects (30 ECTS credits).The Master studies contract will be revised in accordance with the decisions made by the Program board.