MEVIT4091 – Master's Thesis in Media Studies, with presentation

Course content

The Master’s Degree thesis is a independent academic study where you investigate a theoretical or empirical research question. The study is carried out under supervision, usually by one of the Department's employees.

Learning outcome

The Master’s Degree thesis is a research project which gives you a deeper insight in and understanding of issues and methods in the field of media studies. You will practice your skills of using several research methods, develop independent thinking, critically evaluate existing research and arguments, as well as develop, present and defend your own opinion.

The Master's thesis is an important excercise allowing you to develop your analytical skills and ability to structure your own time. This kind of skills and abilities are important for your future carrier irrespective of whether you apply for a job in the governmental or private sector.

A completed Master's degree qualifies for Ph.D studies in Norway and internationally.


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 the Media Studies (master's two years) (being phased out) at the University of Oslo.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

It is a prerequisite that students have passed MEVIT4000 – Master’s thesis seminar for media studies.


The supervision on the master's thesis is mandatory, and can be given both individually and in groups. Supervisors are usually appointed by the Department every February. See also Ground rules for MA-supervision.

Obligatory meetings (2nd and/or 3rd term)

During the third or fourth semester of the master's program, students are to participate in a mandatory seminar focusing on the writing process and evaluating the work on the thesis so far. Information about the dates and contents of the meeting is sent to the students by email, and announced through message board on the Program's website.

Compulsory activities

Students have to pass a compulsory activity by giving a presentation of her/his thesis. This presentation is normally held just before the oral examination and has to be approved by the committee evaluating the thesis.

Read more about master thesis presentation.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


Your thesis is examined by a commision, whereas at least one examiner is external (not employed by the UiO).

Master thesis submission

The Master’s Degree thesis should contain between 80 and 100 standard A4 pages. If you have any extra material (film etc), you should submit three copies of this material in addition. 

Please make sure to read and follow the routines for submission of Master's Thesis at the Department of Media and Communication.

Your master thesis must be submitted in full text to DUO. Read more about DUO

IMKs internal submission deadlines are 10.05 for spring term and 10.11 for autumn term. The final deadlines are 01.06 for spring term and 01.12. for autumn term.

As from spring 2019, the Department uses an electronic plagiarism detection system for all submitted master theses.

Oral exam

An oral examination which last up to 60 minutes, is held after the submission. The exam may adjust the final grade.

Read more about examination of your thesis and oral 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.

Grading scale

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.

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