ENG4000 – Thesis Writing for English Literature, American and British Studies

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Course content

This course prepares you for writing a master’s thesis by introducing you to the basics of research methods within literary studies and American and British area studies. This includes finding and evaluating source material, best practices for argumentative and critical writing, research and writing ethics, developing a thesis topic and argument, and writing a final thesis proposal.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you:

  • know how to examine and evaluate basic prerequisites, ideals and conditions of literary and area studies research,
  • have knowledge of the key methods and practices involved in the writing of your master thesis,
  • are familiar with the ethical implications of undertaking academic work and understand the rules and means to secure one's authorship,
  • have knowledge of the academic genre and conventions on argumentation and writing style,
  • know how to write a thesis proposal for your master thesis project.


This course is only open for students who are admitted to the program "English Literature, American and British Studies" and "lektorprogrammet med masterspesialisering i engelsk".


Seminars, 2 hours per week for 10 weeks. 20 hours in all.

Obligatory activity:

  • Attendance at least 8 out of 10 seminars. Additional absences must be justified by documentation. Read more about rules concerning valid excuses and how to apply for approved absences or postponements here. Please note that absence exceeding 50 % of all seminars may not be approved, regardless of any excuses.

The obligatory activity must be approved for you to sit the exam. Fulfilled course requirements are only valid the semester you attend the course.


The form of assessment is a portfolio. The portfolio contains final versions of the three assignments handed in during the course period, plus portfolio assignment no. 4 that includes your thesis proposal (to be completed after the last meeting of the class).

All four assignments have to be approved in order to pass the exam.

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

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

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.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

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