MITRA4030 – Research and Writing Training in History II

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Course content

MITRA4030 – Research and Writing Training in History II is the second of three training modules that will stretch over three semesters and will consist of a series of workshops and peer-reviewed group exercises. It will help students to acquire necessary techniques in advanced bibliographical and archival research, project design, and academic writing. It will accompany and support students in all stages of the process leading towards the master thesis. The course is divided in three separate modules: During the first semester students will learn about various aspects and problems related to writing a master thesis. The second semester module will focus on research, the use of archives and various other resources of historical work. During the third and last semester, students engage with questions related to the development of research designs. All three modules encourage students to work with the development of their own thesis projects both individually and in a cooperative framework.

Learning outcome

 After you have taken this course you are expected to:

  • have profound theoretical and practical knowledge about various techniques and methods relevant for the writing of a master thesis
  • Be able to work on your own thesis projects both individually as well as in a cooperative setting
  • apply the theoretical and practical knowledge with regard to thesis writing, research techniques and the development of research designs your own thesis projects


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If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

The course is only available to students accepted to Modern International and Transnational History (master's two years).


Formal prerequisite knowledge

To be able to attend and complete this course, students must have completed and passed MITRA4020 – Research and Writing Training in History I.

Recommended previous knowledge

A good ability to read and understand English is required for this course.


Seminar teaching and off-classroom group teaching. In the third semester the module will take the form of 1-2 day seminars at the beginning and the end of the semester and cooperative work organized via online platforms in between. Students are working on cooperative formats via blogs and wikis throughout all three modules.

Compulsory assignment MITRA4030

Students are required to present a draft of their own project description in class and comment on other student's draft project description in class. Attendance in these sessions is therefore obligatory, and lack of attendance implies forfeiture of the right to take the exam.

This is how you apply for a valid absence from compulsory activities/compulsory attendance

Resources and information in this course will be given in Canvas.


Portfolio exam for each of the three semesters implying the submission of smaller individual and cooperative working papers.

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit assignments in Inspera.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Every spring

This course will be taught for the first time in the spring semester 2018 and then every spring semester onwards.


Every spring

The first exam for this course will be held in the spring semester 2018 and then every spring semester onwards.

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