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Course content

The course gives an introduction to writing a Master’s dissertation. The teaching covers key themes such as developing a research question, theoretical and methodological approaches, finding literature, language skills, reference techniques etc.

The course is obligatory for Master’s students in musicology (including the Nordic music study option). It is recommended that students writing a 60-ECTS Master’s dissertation (including Nordic study option students) take this course during the first semester of the Master’s programme, while students who have chosen to write a 30-ECTS dissertation are recommended to take this course in the third semester of the Master’s programme.  

Learning outcome

The student will:

  • have knowledge of the key components and structure for a Master’s project
  • have the ability to develop plans for a small-scale research project
  • have developed skills in delivering spoken and written presentations


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

Registration on the Master’s programme in Musicology or the study option in Nordic Music.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with MUS4215 – Fagtradisjoner i musikkvitenskapen (discontinued)


Teaching comprises 6 lectures and 8 seminars.


A 4-5 page project description of your own master’s project, to be approved by your supervisor and submitted within a set deadline.

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.

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

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, 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






Every autumn


Every autumn

Teaching language


Norwegian for the Musicology study option