MEVIT4991 – Practical Master's Thesis in Media Studies, with presentation

Course content

The Master’s Degree thesis is to be considered as a scientific investigation of a theoretical or empirical kind; it represents an independent piece of research work, carried out under supervision. This type of work on a Master’s Degree thesis consists of two parts, practical production and a theoretical part. The practical production may consist of an audio-visual or multi-media production. The theoretical part may be either critico-theoretical reflection on the coming into being of the product, its reception or “language”, means and theme. The two parts shall relate to each other in such a way that either the practical part exemplifies or demonstrates the theoretical or analytical points in the written part, or it is used as material for the theoretico-analytical reflection in the written part.


Learning outcome

The work on the Master’s Degree thesis is intended to provide research competence in and insight into problematic issues and methods of work in media science. The writing of the thesis will provide students with training in developing research projects from original idea to fully completed research report in the form of a Master’s Degree dissertation. This course of study prepares students for further Ph.D. studies.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

A Bachelor’s Degree in Media Studies equivalent recognised education. A Cand. Mag. Degree with Media Studies at Mellomfag (Intermediate) level or equivalent approved education.

Recommended previous knowledge

The work on the Master’s Degree thesis builds on knowledge students have acquired during their studies for the Bachelor’s Degree.


Mainly individual supervision (or supervision in groups). Students will receive 15 hours of supervision throughout the work with the Master's Thesis. Supervision is mandatory. Ground rules for MA-supervision

Before writing the thesis, a project description must be approved. Further information about procedures may be found on the web page for the course MEVIT4000 - Master’s thesis seminar.

Students starting their master's studies autumn 2010 or later: During the third or fourth semester of the master's program, students will have to participate in a mandatory seminar focusing on the writing process and evaluating the work on the thesis so far. Further information about the seminar is given at the start of the semester, cf. the semester website.

Before the examination of the master's thesis can take place, the student must give a trial lecture or presentation of the thesis, to be approved by the committee evaluating the thesis. The lecture will be a presentation of the master's thesis (such as central findings, presentation of selected cases, the methods in use etc.) lasting up to 30 minutes. This presentation is open for all, and is held immediately before the oral examination by the committee.

Teaching takes place throughout the semester.


A commission composed of two examiners, whereas at least one external, will assess your thesis. An oral examination of 45-60 min may adjust the final grade.

Submission of Master's Thesis at the Department of Media and Communication

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

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

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.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

Students enrolled in the Nordic Media programme option must submit their thesis and hold their presentation in English. The exam will also be held 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 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.

Facts about this course






Spring and autumn


Spring and autumn

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