MITRA4450 – Field Term - History Project for Modern International and Transnational History Students

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Students in MITRA4450 – Field Term - History Project for Modern International and Transnational History Students will pursue a history project, which contains the production of a research paper based on genuine on-spot archival research outside of Norway. The topic for the history project and the topic of the master thesis must differ significantly from each other. The archive material and resulting paper can not be part of your master thesis in any way. 

International students admitted to MITRA4450 – Field Term - History Project for Modern International and Transnational History Students are allowed to focus on a topic related to Norway in an international context, and thus do their archival work in Norway. 

Learning outcome

The history project is meant to help students to apply both the knowledge and the methodological tools acquired during the study of Modern International and Transnational history in the work on an research project. It is designed in such a way as to enable students to apply their skills in archival research and prepare them for future work in an international research environment.

After you have taken this course you are expected to:

  • be able to plan, execute and report from your archival research
  • assemble, assess and find relevant archive material for your research
  • write an independent paper based on primary sources, while following the ethical guidlines for use of sources, citations and referencing.


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.

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

Only students admitted to the Master Programme for Modern International and Transnational History can apply. The history project must fit as the third semester of the student’s Master degree.

To apply for the course, students should complete the application process the semester prior. The application deadline is June 1.

Students that decides to do the history project in the beginning of the autumn semester should fill out the application by August 15.

We need information about you proposed project and possible archive locations, so that we will be able to assist you. Follow the link for the application form.  

After we have assessed the applications, we will contact each student about the project.

For more practical information and funding possibilites, please follow the link.

Students that sign up for this course will be able to apply for funds for support for expenses related to the archival work (travel support)


Teaching consists of a combination of collective and individual academic supervision. The supervision given will be based on your disposition and draft of the assignment.

UiO has the academic responsibility for assuring the quality of the topic proposal and for the content of the term paper/report, plus the continuous academic follow-up from a supervisor.

September 15: You and your supervisor must have agreed on a topic and a plan for the research process. You should have a rough draft of your project description with a research question. You should send the project description to your supervisor.

October 26: First draft of your paper, send it to your supervisor per email. Remember that if you don’t send in the draft you can’t expect supervision.

November 16: (optional for the student) Final draft can be sent to your supervisor for a final assessment before the exam deadline.

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


The exam consist of:

  • an approximately 30 standard pages ( á 2300 characters without spacing) research paper including ca. 5 pages part which documents the actual research process.

The 5 pages on the research process are to be included in the research paper as a prologue.

The assignment should be complete with a front page containing the following information:

  • candidate number (not name)
  • subject code
  • the title of the assignment
  • name of department (IAKH)
  • semester

Submission of assignment: 

  • the assignment is to be submitted in Inspera.
  • the file must be submitted in pdf-format and we stress that the student is responsible for making sure that the files are readable. If you need assistance in converting your file into pdf, we recommend that you follow these instructions.
  • The file must be named with your candidate number (not your name) and the course code (MITRA4450)

The examination of this course is integrated in the teaching of the course and it is therefore not possible to sit for the examination other than by being admitted to the course.

Written examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

Read more about written examinations using Inspera.

Submission in Inspera

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

Withdrawal from an examination

If you have not passed the examination in MITRA4450, you will have the option to hand in a revised research paper/report at a later date. The deadline for handing in the revised research paper/report will be decided by IAKH. If you have passed the examination in MITRA4400 you will not be able to hand in a revised research paper/report.   


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






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



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

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