KOS4030 – Work as a research assistant

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Course content

Participation in a research project under the auspices of a qualified researcher or research group. The student will have independent responsibility for conducting parts of the project. These parts may for example be the shaping of research design, the collection of material and/or analyses of material. The work must be the equivalent of six weeks of a full-time job.

The project should be within the student's MA-specialization or a relevant field. Project relevance will be assessed by the student’s MA-tutor, who issues permission. The MA-tutor will evaluate the teaching outcomes throughout the course.

Work as a trainee in a research institute or relevant institution may also qualify, but only if there is already an agreement in place between IKOS and the institution in question.

The project manager will function as course supervisor in close collaboration with the student’s MA-tutor. A detailed agreement specifying the student's tasks and the project manager's expectations will be drawn up at the start of the semester and signed by the three parties. The agreement must also specify the kind and extent of supervision which the project manager provides. The agreement is to be signed prior to the start of the work.

This subject has the following components:

  • supervision prior to and subsequent of the research work
  • independent research work as described above
  • a syllabus of 500 pages linked to the theme of the project, its organisation in terms of the theory of science, and/or its method
  • a report of approx. 2500 words which describes and discusses the content of the research work. The report may be an independent piece of work, or it may be part of published works from the project. In the latter case, the student must specify, and the project manager must approve which parts of the publication constitute the student’s report.

Learning outcome

The student will develop research competence; analysing skills and capacity to evaluate and choose among different research designs and methods.


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.

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

Please note that registering for the exam is not the same as having your project approved. Each application to this course will be treated individually according to a combined assessment of the applicant's skills and available research projects.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Bachelor’s Degree or Cand. Mag. Degree or equivalent recognised 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 required. Students receive supervision individually or in groups throughout the process.

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 student must produce a report of 2500 words in light of the work he or she has done. The report is to be submitted before an oral exam. 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.

Grading scale

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

Explanations and appeals

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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