MUS4092 – Master's Thesis in Nordic Music

Course content

The Master’s Thesis in Nordic Music is a research-based scientific work (60 credits) through which you will learn how to formulate research questions/thesis statements and train in how to find suitable methodologies for answering research questions. This will improve your ability to work independently, creatively and critically in developing and completing a large project. The thesis can be an independent empirical study building on source studies/fieldwork, or a work with an in-depth study of a musicological topic based on research undertaken by others. The topic of the thesis should be within the field of Nordic music.   

The thesis may include a practical section amounting to 50 per cent of the workload. The practical part must illuminate the theoretical part of the thesis. Examples of practical sections that have been approved on prior occasions include pedagogical-didactic works (textbooks or other teaching materials, for example web-based programmes), a music production or other means of presenting music (composition, arrangement, CD or similar).

A project outline for the Master’s thesis must be submitted within the stipulated time limit prior to the start of the studies, and the allocation of a supervisor will be based on this. The supervision contract must be signed before supervision can begin.

Some of the guidance and supervision of the Master’s work may take place in Groups.

Learning outcome

Students will learn to work independently and develop their ability to plan and carry out a major project. The work with the Master’s thesis provides the opportunity to carry out an in-depth study of theory and methodology. Important goals are to develop skills in how you express yourself in a written text, to develop a critical eye and to develop your creative and analytical skills.


Students who are admitted to the Master's Programme in Nordic Music must apply to be admitted to the course and register for exams on Studentweb.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Admission to the Master’s degree programme in Musicology, Nordic Music study option


Access to teaching

The teaching is given in seminars and/or individual supervision. The supervision contract must be signed no later than the end of the semester the student completes MUS4226 - Oppgaveseminar i musikkvitenskap (Thesis seminar in musicology). Three copies of the supervision contract must be signed (four if the student has a main supervisor and an assistant supervisor): One for the student, one for (each) supervisor, and one to be submitted to the administration.


The Master’s thesis must be submitted by 2 May in the spring semester and 1 November in the autumn semester and will be assessed by an examinations board with an internal and external examiner.

The grading guidelines for MUS4092 can be found here.

Examination support material

When writing a paper, you are obliged to read and comply with the reglene for kildebruk og referanser (rules governing the use of sources and references). Any breach of the rules may lead to the suspicion of academic dishonesty or attempted academic dishonesty. (See examples of how to make correct references).

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response 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.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Covers two semesters, starting every autumn


Spring and autumn

Teaching language