ENG4393 – Thesis Writing for Literature in English

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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. 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 research
  • have the knowledge of key methods and practices involved in the writing of your master thesis
  • know how to write a thesis proposal for your master thesis project


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.

Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

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

This course is only open for students who are admitted to English Literature, American and British Studies (programme option).

Overlapping courses

5 credits overlap with ENG4391 – Writing a Thesis on a Literary Topic (continued)


Seminar, two hours per week for 10 weeks, 20 hours in all.

Attendance is obligatory at least 8 out of 10 seminars. Additional absences must be justified by documentation given to the exam coordinator. Read more about guidelines relating to obligatory activities.


Portfolio assessment: every student turns in a portfolio that 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). The portfolio is graded by the course instructor on a pass/fail basis. All four assignments have to be approved in order to pass the exam.

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.

Reports from periodic evaluations (in Norwegian)

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