MARLTHESIS – Master Thesis

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Course content

The thesis is an independent work, and the topic is of the student's own choice (but must have connection to maritime law). Before starting the actual writing, the student will take part in seminars on thesis writing covering topics such as how to outline the structure, how to best use the library, and how to engage in the writing process. A supervisor will be made available to each student.

The substantive portion of your thesis should be no more than 18,000 words, footnotes included (table of content, acknowledgements, bibliography, tables and registers not included.

Learning outcome

The objective is for a student to engage in research work. The student will learn how to find relevant material, analyze the material and make a systematic presentation, which will be evaluated.


To be allowed to write the thesis in maritime law - MARLTHESIS, you must be accepted at the Maritime Law (master's 1 1/2-years).

Students at UiO must apply for courses in StudentWeb.

International applicants, if you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.


Recommended previous knowledge

It is recommended that you have passed and completed the mandatory courses JUR5401 Maritime Law: Contracts, JUS5402 Maritime Law: Liability & Insurance, MARL5110 Maritime Law: Safety, Competition and EU, MARL5120 Maritime Law in practice: Mock Trial in addition to two elective courses chosen among the listed courses below before you hand in your thesis.

Elective courses:

JUS5411 - Petroleum Law
JUS5420 - Forsikringsrett
JUS5430 - Petroleumskontrakter
JUS5440 - EU Substantive Law
JUS5450 - Marine Insurance
JUS5230 - International Commercial Law
JUS5260 - English Law of Contract
JUS5911 - International Climate Change and Energy Law
JUS5851 - International Investment Law
JUS5520 - International Environmental Law
JUS5850 - International Trade Law




The form of teaching is independent work and seminars. Before starting the actual writing, you will take part in seminars which prepares you for the process of thesis writing. The seminars will offer the necessary tools and guidelines for researching and writing a good scholarly thesis based on independent thinking and sound argument. Supervision is mandatory, and the students are given individual supervision of a maximum of 4 hours. The supervisor will be appointed to you by the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law.

Practical information (guidelines, deadlines, regulations)

  1. Remember to register for exam in MARLTHESIS the Studentweb within the deadline: September 1.
  2. When writing the thesis, you should use the template listed at Juriteket's home-page. Scroll down to the bottom of the page. There are guidelines for the use of the template.
  3. Regulation for master's theses for the international master programmes at the Faculty of Law
  4. How to Write and Cite - At the Faculty of Law there is not required that you use one specific citing method, but you are required to use footnotes and not refering to author and page number in brackets directly in the text. If you want to use one specific style; Chicago 16 A is recommended.
  5. Here you can find Ethical guidelines for supervisors at the University of Oslo



Submission of thesis:

You'll have to hand in your thesis electronically in two different systems; Fronter and DUO. Your thesis has to be up-loaded in both systems to complete the formal delivery of  your thesis. You thesis will not be sent for examination until it is up-loaded both in DUO and Fronter!


To complete the submission of your thesis you need to;

1.Submit your master's thesis to DUO open research archive. Log on to Studentweb for submitting your thesis to DUO.  Detailed instructions on how to deliver through Studentweb. You need to log-on to Studentweb using your username and password! If you use PIN-code and 11 digit ID number logging on to Studentweb you won't be able to register your thesis!

2. Send the receipt you receive in your mailbox after you have up-loaded your thesis in DUO to your Study Advisor.

3. Submit your thesis in Fronter. Log-on to Fronter and find the room called "MARLTHESIS - Master thesis in Maritime Law spring 2016". There you'll find a folder to submit your thesis.

4. You have to up-load your thesis as a pdf-file in both in DUO and Fronter

5. Important! You have to up-load the same version of your thesis in both systems. Preferrably you should up-load your thesis in Fronter and DUO at the same day.

5. It is very important that you ONLY use your candidate numberas the name of the pdf-file you up-load in Fronter and DUO.

6. If you have an external supervisor, (not a professor or lecturer employed by the Faculty of Law) you'll in addition have to deliver a Supervisor form. It is the student's responsibility to give the form to his/her supervisor to be filled out. The filled in Supervisor form can be scanned and sent by e-mail.

7. If you would like to give your thesis restricted access, read this information carefully.

If you do not meet the deadline, it is important that you give us notice. Postponement of your thesis is given on formal grounds only (medical statement, etc).


The grading will be finalized about 4 weeks after the handing in of the thesis as long as the thesis is handed in on time.

The following criteria are used when assessing the thesis:

A clear, well-defined problem Originality in the treatment of the topic (not simply repetition of what others have said, but at least in part a genuine original contribution) Quality of the arguments presented Quality and clearness of the structure of the presentation Use of literature (familiarity with the relevant literature, judicious choice of relevant literature and documentation) Soundness of the conclusions in relation to the treatment.

Language of examination

The Master's thesis should be written 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 this 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.

There are special rules for resitting a passed examination in the master's programme in Law.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

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