PILTHESIS – Master thesis
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Your thesis is the culmination of your master’s degree studies. The substantive portion of your thesis should be no more than 18,000 words (i.e. introduction, all chapters, conclusion). Footnotes are included in the 18,000 words. Not included in the wordcount: Preface, table of content, acknowledgements, bibliography, tables and registers.
The thesis is an independent work, and the topic is of the student’s own choice within the field of the programme.
The purpose of your thesis is to develop, exercise and demonstrate your expertise in the particular field of your thesis, as well as of your general scholarly competence. Your thesis should be an independent contribution to scholarly knowledge and discourse. 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.
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To be allowed to write the thesis - PILTHESIS, you must be enrolled in the Public International Law (master's 1 1/2-years).
Formal prerequisite knowledge
No obligatory prerequisites beyond the minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway.
The form of teaching is independent work and seminars. Before starting the actual writing, students take part in seminars which prepares you for the process of thesis writing. The seminars will offer necessary tools and guidelines for researching and writing a good scholarly thesis based on independent thinking and sound argument. Supervision is mandatory, and students are given 15 hours individual supervision. The supervisor must be appointed by the Faculty.
Practical information (guidelines, deadlines, regulations)
- Remember to register for examination in PILTHESIS in the Studentweb within the deadline: 1 September fall semester (1 February spring semester).
- 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.
- Regulation for master's theses for the international master programmes at the Faculty of Law
- 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.
- Here you can find Ethical guidelines for supervisors at the University of Oslo
Deadline of submission: 1 December
If you are not able to meet this deadline, next deadline is 15 May. If you deliver within 15 May, your diploma will show that you have submitted your thesis during spring and thus has been delayed in your studies. All students must rememeber to register in Studentweb for the thesis and pay the semester fee within the deadline 1 September (or 1 February for the 15 May deadline).
2. Other relevant information
A list of theses submitted by our previous students can be found by visiting DUO Open Research Archive. You can search for a spesific title or a theme, or search by the name of the student.
3. Submission of thesis:
- All students must submit their master's thesis to DUO open research archive. This is mandatory. A paper version of the thesis is not necessary.
- Students should read the instructions about how to submit the thesis in DUO open research archive
- Submission in Canvas: The file must also be submitted to Canvas for plagiarism check before 1 December at 23:59. (Note! The file uploaded here must be the same version of the file submitted to DUO/StudentWeb). Find the room "PILTHESIS- Fellesrom " and upload your thesis in the submission folder. Canvas login: https://canvas.uio.no/
- Students should send the e-mail receipt showing that they have been submitting the thesis to DUO, and the supervisor form if you have had multiple supervisors (there is no need to submit the form if you have only had one supervisor) to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written assignment of Master’s thesis. Grades A – F (F=fail).
Submission of thesis:
See above under 'Teaching'.
The following criterias 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.
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
- Illness at exams / postponed exams
- Resitting an examination.
- There are special rules for resitting a passed examination in the master's programme in Law.
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.
Special examination arrangements
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.