ENG4790 – Master's Thesis in English, Secondary Teacher Training (30)

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The Master's thesis is an independent research project of about 30–50 pages (ca. 2300 characters pr. page) based on your thesis proposal that you write in either ENG4000 – Thesis Writing for English Literature, American and British Studies or ENG4112 – Methods in English Language Research.

Learning outcome

After completing ENG4790, you:

  • know how to plan and complete an extensive research Project.
  • know how to gather and critically systematize a substantial amount of information on your selected topic.
  • have specialized insight into an individually chosen and clearly defined topic related to one of these disciplines; British or American culture and society, English linguistics or English language literature.
  • can use libraries and archives to find relevant sources and know how to apply references, footnotes and bibliography for various types of material.
  • are familiar with ethical norms for protecting sources when relevant and how to apply these norms in academic work.
  • have excellent academic writing skills.
  • have English language skills at an advanced level.

If your thesis is on English linguistics, you also:

  • have thorough knowledge of linguistic research methods and of different theories of language.
  • have detailed knowledge of the history, traditions and distinctive character of the academic field of English linguistics and the ability to use this knowledge to analyse problems in other academic settings and in work contexts.

If your thesis is on American studies, British studies or English language literature, you also:

  • are able to engage analytically with existing theories, methods and interpretations in either American studies, or British studies or English language literature.
  • can work independently on analysing relevant theories, methods, arguments and interpretations within either British studies, or American studies or English language literature.

The grade you receive on your thesis shows to what extent you have achieved these learning outcomes.


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.


Individual supervision. The contract of supervision must be filled out and submitted to your student 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.

See templates for Master’s Thesis.



You must submit your thesis within set deadlines. The thesis is graded by an examination commission with one internal and one external grader.

The oral exam after the thesis is graded, is voluntary for students admitted to the MA program autumn 2020 or earlier. The oral exam is obligatory for students admitted autumn 2021 and after.

Deadlines and information about submission and grading procedures can be found here: Master’s Thesis ILOS


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


Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail.

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.

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