KOS4020 – Conference participation and presentation

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Course content

The subject is built around the presentation of a piece of research-relevant work in an academic context. “Research-relevant” means:

  • a national, Nordic or international conference within the student's field of specialization
  • a seminar which is part of the activity of an on-going research project or network of researchers

The conference or seminar must be under the auspices of a researcher who holds a doctoral degree in the relevant disciplinary field. The course supervisor is responsible for approving the conference or seminar in which the presentation is to take place.

The subject presupposes that the student, on the basis of an application/abstract be approved to give a presentation in the relevant context. In case the presentation is rejected, an ad-hoc seminar will be arranged, which the course supervisor and the student’s tutor will attend. The subject has three components:

  • supervision prior to and subsequent to the presentation
  • a syllabus of 500 pages linked to the theme of the presentation, composed by the student and approved by the supervisor
  • an abstract of 300 words shall be written and approved by the supervisor before the paper is presented at a relevant conference/seminar

Learning outcome

Students shall learn:

  • to prepare the presentation of their research-relevant work in the context of a seminar/conference
  • to function in the roles of presenter and respondent
  • to produce a paper with a view to publication in an academic context


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This course is only available for students admitted to one of the Master's Programmes at IKOS. For more infromation please contact IKOS.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

The Bachelor’s Degree or Cand. Mag. Degree in any of the subjects offered at IKOS or equivalent education.

It is required that students must have studied for a minimum of one semester at the Master’s Degree level.


A high degree of independent work is presupposed in connection with the writing of the paper for the conference/seminar. Students will receive supervision in the course of their preparations. The subject is dependent on there being a relevant academic conference/seminar in the semester concerned.

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, depending on available capacity.


The abstract and a written paper presented at the conference/seminar. The paper should be between 8 - 10 pages (12point letters, one and a half line space) depending on the allotted time at the conference/seminar. To be assessed in terms of pass/fail.

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.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English, depending on the conference you are participating in.

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.

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Teaching language

Norwegian and English