ILN4950 – Researchprojectsemester for Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies

Course content

In this course, the student is interning for a semester, in a professional research project at the Institute for Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies.

Your involvement in the research project must be approved by your study programme before admission to this course. You take part in the ordinary research for the project, and preform special assignments if arranged with the project leader.


The work assignments for the research project you are partaking in is two-part; you work for the leader of the research project, and simultaneously you work on your own project term paper.

The research leader must make sure that there are relevant and varied jobs in the project for the student, which will provide the student with insights into project-based research and what may be expected of a researcher.


Throughout the semester, the internship will consist of a normal 5-day work week, where 3,5 – 4 days are used for regular assignments for the employer, and the rest of the time is used for the term project paper.


Where it is appropriate to alter this structure with more intense periods of research work, the involved parties must agree amongst themselves on how to structure the students’ tasks through the semester.


The leader of the project must supervise the student during the involvement in the research project. You will be delegated an academic supervisor, who is available for 7,5 hours of counselling during the semester. The choice of theme for the research term paper is to be decided on before the commencement of the semester and must be approved by the research project leader.  

Learning outcome

When the student has completed this course, it is expected that the student has:

  • Competence within the theme for your research term paper.
  • Work-experience from a research project.
  • Experience with both independent and team-based work in a research project.
  • Experience in planning and seeing through a practical and/or theoretical project related to the term paper.
  • An increased awareness of their own academic competence and skill.  


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.

The course is restricted to students admitted to the masters’ programmes in Linguistics, Multilingualism, Viking and Medieval Studies, Ibsen Studies or Scandinavian Studies.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

A prerequisite of admission to this course is that  60 ECTS of your masters’ programme must be completed before the research term.


You apply for admission to this course by requesting an approval of your engagement in a research project.

The application is to be directed, in writing, to the course study consultant, and must contain general information about yourself and the research project you wish to take part of, as well as outlining your motivation for applying.

The application should be approx. one typed page.

In addition to the application, submit your CV and transcript of grades.


The study consultant forwards the application to research leader of the pertinent research project.


The leader of the research project decides whom they wish to engage in the project.

Overlapping courses

30 credits overlap with NOR4095


There are no ordinary lessons in this course. Teaching is provided in the form of supervision, given by an academic employee at the institute. The supervision is for the main part given as a part of the process with the project term paper.


To qualify for the exam, a written qualification essay must be submitted by the student, and approved by the academic supervisor. In the qualification essay, the student must evaluate their efforts and progression with increasing their own competence and skills in the relevant field of study. The qualification essay must be approx. two typed pages (2300 characters without spaces) and is evaluated as “approved/ not approved”.


For the opportunity to sit the exam, the qualification essay must be completed and approved within the same semester as the exam.


The exam in this course is a ‘project term paper’ of approx. 25-30 pages (à 2300 characters not including spaces), to be handed in in Inspera at a set date.


The form and content of the paper must follow the same regulations as for ordinary semester assignments at UiO. The project term paper is written during the semester.


The student and the leader of the research project decides in cooperation the theme for the term paper.

Submit assignments in Inspera

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

You may write your examination paper 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

Resit an examination

Students whose project term paper is not accepted, will be given an opportunity to rework their project term paper within one month after publication of the grades, on the condition that the formal requirements are fulfilled in the version submitted originally. If illness or another valid reason for an extension occurs, please contact the study consultant.

Withdrawal from an examination

A term paper or equivalent 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.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


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






Spring and autumn


Spring and autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)