ENG4590 – Master's Thesis in American studies (60)
The Master's thesis is an independent research project of about 80–100 pages (ca. 2300 characters pr. page) based on your thesis proposal that you write in ENG4000 – Thesis Writing for English Literature, American and British Studies
After completing ENG4590, you:
- know how to plan and complete an extensive research Project.
- know how to gather and critically synthesize a substantial amount of information in a structured way on your selected topic.
- have specialized insight into an individually chosen and clearly defined topic related to American culture and society.
- are able to engage analytically with existing theories, methods and interpretations in American studies, and work independently on analysing relevant theories, methods, arguments and interpretations within the field.
- know how to use libraries and archives to find relevant sources and know how to apply references, footnotes and bibliographies for various types of material.
- are familiar with ethical norms for protecting sources and how to apply these norms in academic work.
- have advanced academic writing skills.
The grade you receive on your thesis shows to what extent you have achieved these learning outcomes.
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60 credits overlap with NORAM4590 – Master Thesis EAS Studies: North-American Studies (continued)
Individual supervision. The agreement of supervision must be filled out together with your supervisor and submitted in one copy to your study advisor. Note that having a supervisor is an obligatory part of the master thesis and that the agreement of supervision must be approved before the thesis can be submitted.
Link to templates for a Master’s Thesis.
Link to guidelines for citations and references.
Due date for handing in your Master's Thesis is 15 February or 15 May in the Spring Semester, and 15 September and 15 November in the Autumn Semester .
For students who register for the MA thesis from Spring 2015 and onwards, an oral examination on their final thesis will be obligatory. The examination will last for about 30 minutes, and will be arranged within 8 weeks after the thesis has been submitted. The commission will give a preliminary grade on the thesis before the examination. The student can choose whether to know the grade before the exam or not. The grade can then be adjusted after the examination.
Use of sources and citation
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Explanations and appeals
Withdrawal from an examination
A master’s thesis that is not passed may be resubmitted only once, and then within the agreed time and in revised form. A master’s thesis 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.