KFL4090 – Gender Studies Master’s Thesis
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Writing the master’s thesis is the core of the master’s programme. The master’s thesis is an individual scientific research paper of approximately 80 - 120 pages within the field of Gender Studies.
The students will, in cooperation with their supervisor, decide the theme of the thesis, select methods and theoretical perspective, as described in their project description (KFL 4000). At the end of the fourth semester of the master’s programme the students should have completed their master’s thesis.
All students must have a main academic supervisor authorised by the Centre.
Having completed the master’s thesis, you can:
• carry out empirical research
• identify and handle the relationship between research question, theoretical perspective, research design and choice of method
• analyse a specific topic in an original and meaningful fashion
• demonstrate a mastery of relevant theory and/or literature
• write a scholarly treatise that encapsulates the approach and the results
• address questions related to gender according to scientific and academic standards
• carry out independent research on a gender related topic
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Students must be admitted to the master’s programme in Gender Studies.
Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for 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.
Formal prerequisite knowledge
Admission to the Master programme in Gender Studies and passed grades in all the compulsory courses:
KFL4000 Interdisciplinary Research Methodologies and Thesis Writing Course for Gender Studies
KFL4040 Feminist Theory
KFL4050 Theorising Gender Equality
Teaching consists of individual academic supervision given over two semesters. Supervision is mandatory and you will meet regularly with you academic supervisor. Only students admitted to the course may receive supervision and sit for the examination.
Access to teaching
A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, contingent on available capacity.
Submitting the thesis:
The thesis is to be completed and submitted by 10th of May or 10th of November.
After the thesis has been submitted to the Center for Gender Research, a Commission will be appointed to examine the thesis.
The Commission will give a provisional grade of the thesis. The student will be informed about the provisional grade in front of the oral exam. The final grade will be decided after the oral exam. The student will be informed shortly after the oral exam.
The oral exam will take place at the Center. The Commission will consist of two examiners of whom at least one is an external examiner. The student should be prepared to answer questions about the thesis content and preparation. The exam will normally take 30 minutes. After the exam is completed, the Commission will determine a grade for the thesis, which will be given to the student at the end of the session.
More information about exam and the thesis
Examination support material
No examination support material is allowed.
No special exam resources are allowed at the oral exam.
Language of examination
You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English. If you would prefer to have the exam text in English, you may apply to the course administrators.
English, Norwegian or another Scandinavian language.
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
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Special examination arrangements
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.