FYS5960 – Physics. Master Thesis

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

A long master's thesis corresponds to one year of full-time study and constitutes half of the master's degree. 

Regulations concerning the master’s thesis are specified in Rules on Courses, Course Groups and Degrees in the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

Learning outcome

Upon completion of the programme, you will be able to:

  • contribute considerable knowledge to your field of specialisation and its applications.
  • make critical and reflected choices between key methods and tools from research and practice.
  • conduct a supervised research or development project that conforms with research ethics standards.
  • contribute to the development of the field and analyse its professional, ethical and societal possibilities and constraints.
  • communicate extensive academic work to specialists, orally and in writing.
  • apply your knowledge and skills to new areas to perform advanced work, including projects.

Admission to the course

The master’s thesis is a compulsory part of the master’s programme in Physics (master's two years) and is based on admission to that programme.


Your work on the master’s thesis will involve an independent, time-limited research or development project under supervision.

Introduction to Scientific Writing, 1 hour per week in the first semester of the master's programme. Twelve weeks of teaching.

Mandatory activity:

  • Attendance for 8 out of 12 weeks of classes in scientific writing

Mandatory activities must be approved before you can sit for the final exam. 


Mandatory activities must be approved before you can sit the examination. 

The examination consists of a master's thesis worth 60 credits to be handed in by a deadline. This will be followed by an oral presentation of the master’s thesis and an examination.

See the Rules on Courses, Course Groups and Degrees in the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences for further information about the final examination in the master's degree.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or 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.

Read about the use of descriptions of grade levels for the master’s thesis.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Dec. 3, 2020 10:12:31 PM

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