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EAL4090 – Master’s Thesis in East Asian Linguistics

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Course content

The Master’s thesis should be a scientific investigation of a theoretical or empirical kind; it represents an independent piece of research, carried out under supervision. The research question should be precisely defined, the method well founded and the argumentation systematically presented. The subject and research topic for the thesis may be chosen from a wide range of topics associated with one or more East Asian languages, and is chosen in cooperation with the supervisor.

The thesis should be about 70 to 100 pages (2300 characters per page), and at least 20 % of the bibliography should consist of publications in one or more East Asian languages.

Learning outcome

By working with the thesis, the student is to gain insight into the subject chosen. The student learns to gather relevant material into an individual work and adapt this in a methodological way in accordance with relevant theories. Work on the thesis trains the student to formulate a reasoned presentation of the results and to utilise and publicise theoretical knowledge.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

Admission to the MA programme option East Asian Linguistics under the Programme for Asian and African Studies.

EAL4010 - East Asian Linguistics

EAL4020 - Topics in the History of East Asian Languages


Academic supervision of the Master’s thesis is compulsory. Up to 15 hours of individual supervision will be given. Supervisors will be assigned by the department. Supervision commences when the Supervision Agreement (pdf) is signed.

In addition to supervision, the students must attend a thesis seminar (1-2 meetings per semester) led by a member of the academic staff. The seminar gives the students the opportunity to present and discuss drafts and sketches, as well as training in commenting on the drafts and sketches of other students.

Unless you are doing a semester abroad, participation in the thesis seminar is compulsory.


The Master's thesis is to be handed in by 1 December in the Autumn semester and 1 June in the Spring semester.

Guidelines for submission of a Master's thesis at IKOS.

Language of examination

You can write your thesis in English (recommended) or a Scandinavian language.

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

A Master's thesis which has received a failing grade (F) can only be submitted one more time, by a stipulated deadline and in revised form. If a Master's thesis receives a passing exam result (A-E) in the first attempt, it may not be submitted again in a revised form, see Regulations for studies and examinations at the University of Oslo, § 5.6 (5).

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