MEVIT4897 – Self-composed course I

Course content

A self-composed course is a subject that is either composed by the student or based on a course offered previously by the Department of Media and Communication or other departments/institutions.The student is responsible for finding a supervisor for the self-composed course, and the supervisor should be an employee of the Department of Media and Communication.

The student is to submit a short course description and a syllabus along with the application to the Department of Media and Communication for approval. The application, course description and syllabus must be approved and signed by the supervisor.

The deadline for submitting the description and syllabus is October 1 in the autumn semester and March 1 in the spring semester.

The self-composed courses MEVIT4897 – Self-composed course I and MEVIT4898 – Self-composed course II - Media Studies are worth 10 credits each, while MEVIT4892 – Self-composed course IV - Media Studies is worth 20 credits.

Application form (pdf)

Which course should you choose?

Students may take up to 20 credits worth of self-composed courses in total, either as two courses (MEVIT4897 and MEVIT4898), or as one course (MEVIT4892). No more than 20 credits of self-composed courses may be included in a degree from the Department of Media and Communications.

Learning outcome

When the course is finished, the student is expected to know how to:

  • Formulate a research question
  • Search for, read and understand scientific literature
  • Account for and discuss scientific literature within a limited area, in an independent and critical matter
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge within the chosen field
  • Write in an academic genre, with a clear delimitation and research question, with a scientific reference work, and with an understanding of how to reference and cite other scientists' work as opposed to own opinons and conclusions.
  • Work independently with scientific research


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.

Admission to this course is only for degree students in Nordic Media or Media studies.

The student is responsible for finding a supervisor at the Department, and must submit a short course description that contains:

  • A title
  • A research question
  • A syllabus of 800 - 1000 pages that the student has not been examinated in previously

If the project is based on a subject that has previously been offered by the Department of Media and Communication or another department or institution, the student may use the existing description and syllabus.

The supervisor will approve of the course description and sign the application form for a self composed course. The application and attachments must be submitted to the Department of Media and Communication for approval with the semester deadline.

The deadline is March 1st in the spring semester, and October 1st in the autumn semester.


The students are entitled to three hours of supervision, but it is required that students work independently.

The student is responsible for obtaining a supervisor at the Department of Media and Communication. The available supervisors will vary from semester to semester depending on the capacity of our scientific staff and of the theme of the paper.


A term paper of 15 pages, not including appendices, footnotes and the reference list/bibliography. One page is equivalent to approximately 2300 characters, excluding spaces.

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

You may submit your term paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Students on the English-Language programs (Nordic Media / Political Communication option) must submit their term paper in English.

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

Resit an examination

Withdrawal from an examination

A term paper or equivalent 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.

Facts about this course






Spring and autumn


Spring and autumn

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