EAST4593 – Master's Thesis in East Asian Culture and History

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Course content

Your Master’s thesis should be an independent scholarly work on a topic within East Asian culture and history, chosen in consultation with your supervisor.

The thesis should be about 35-50 pages (2300 characters per page, excluding spaces), not including the list of references, footnotes and appendices. Normally, at least 20 % of the bibliography should consist of publications in an East Asian language.

Learning outcome

Through your thesis work, you will learn how to:

  • develop a research project
  • collect and interpret relevant primary source material
  • access, quote and discuss relevant secondary literature
  • relate your material to relevant theories and methodologies
  • formulate a well-argued exposition of the results of your investigation

In addition comes the specialized insight into the topic of your thesis.


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


Supervision of the Master’s thesis is compulsory. Up to 9 hours of individual supervision will be given. Supervisors will be assigned by the department.


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.

In addition, if you have taken a double master degree at Zhejiang University and have not attended the EAST4610 - Voices from East Asia: How to Communicate Research Results course at UiO you can under the guidance of your supervisor upload a summary of their thesis topic to the Voices from East Asia-blog.

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

You must write your thesis 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

A master’s thesis that is not passed may be resubmitted only once, and then within the agreed time and in revised form. A master’s thesis that is passed may not be resubmitted in revised form.

If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

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