MEVIT4896 – Work as a research assistant

Course content

NB! In order to take this course you should first make an agreement with one of the Department's researchers (with a PhD degree) about your assistance with an ongoing research project. This agreement should be reached BEFORE you can take this course. You are welcome to ask the Section of Studies for advice, but it is you who should find a researcher who is willing to accept your services as academic assistant.

This course offers the student a chance to participate in a research project within Media Science, in which the student has independent responsibility for conducting parts of the project. These parts may for example be the shaping of research design, the collection of data and the performance of analyses. The work must be the equivalent of six weeks of full-time study.

It is a requirement that the project is managed by a Media researcher with a doctoral degree. An agreement regarding the content and extent of the student research work will be drawn up and is subject to approval by the researcher. The researcher will provide a minimum of 10 hours of supervision in accordance with the content and extent of the agreement. The agreement (PDF) must be signed and submitted to the study administration at prior to the start of the work.

This subject has the following components:

  • Supervision prior to and subsequent to the research work
  • Independent research work as described above
  • A syllabus of 500 pages related to the theme of the project, its organization in terms of the theory of science, and/or its research method
  • A report of approx. 2500 words that describes and discusses the content of the research work. The report may be an independent piece of work, or it may be part of published works from the project. In the latter case the student must specify, and the supervisor approve, which parts of the publication constitute the report.

Learning outcome

The student will develop research competence and the capacity to evaluate and choose between different research designs and methods in Media Science.


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.

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 Master's programme in Media Studies at the University of Oslo.

Please note that registering for the exam is not the same as having your project approved.

Before registering for this course, you must have an agreement with one of the academic staff at the Department of Media and Communication.


A high degree of independent work is required. Students receive supervision individually or in groups throughout the process.


The student must produce a report of approx. 2500 words in the light of the work he or she has done. The report is graded to pass/fail.

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.

Nordic Media students must submit their report in English.

Students on the Media studies or Journalism programmes may submit their report in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

You may only take this course once. It is not possible to resit the exam.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






Spring and autumn


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