KJM5930 – Chemistry, Master thesis

Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 and Spring 2021 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.

Please note that there may be changes in the form of examination for some courses taught Spring 2021. We aim to bring both the course description and the semester page of all courses up to date with correct information by 1 February 2021.

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

Course content

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

Read more about guidelines and information on practical implementation of the master's thesis

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 program in chemistry andis 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.

The work for the thesis of 30 credits shall be completed in 17 calendar weeks of continuous full-time study in the autumn semester and 18 calendar weeks of continuous full-time study in the spring semester, including Easter holidays and public holidays.

There is a compulsory HSE course, and mandatory seminars in generic competences during the first three semesters of the master's program. It will be a combination of compulsory and optional seminars.

The work on the master's thesis may involve laboratory work.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.

Mandatory activity:

  • Completed HSE course and approved attendance at 6 of 9 seminars in the common teaching in generic competence for the master's program.

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


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

The examination consists of a master's thesis worth 30 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 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) Jan. 28, 2021 12:21:07 AM

Facts about this course

Spring and autumn
Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)