SOS9005 – Thesis seminar: Midway assessment

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Course content

The midway-evaluation contributes to the progress of Ph.D. studies with a review and useful feedback on the thesis at a moment when a large amount of research has already been done, but it is still possible to incorporate comments and criticism from academic peers.

SOS9005 is a course for Ph.D.-students admitted after 1st January 2015.

The course is the third part of a four-part thesis seminar which should be completed during the fourth semester for candidates with a 3-year scholarship, and in the fifth semester for those with a 4-year scholarship.

Learning outcome

Doctoral research fellows present a status report on the Ph.D. thesis and a draft article/chapter. An appointed opponent, seminar leaders, supervisors and the other research fellows in attendance will give comments on the presented material.


Ph.D. candidates admitted after 1st January 2015 at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography must register via StudentWeb. The registration deadline is six weeks before the course starts in each semester.

It is not possible to take this course as a private student. You must have a place on the programme in order to take the exam.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Participants must be enrolled on the Ph.D. programme in Sociology.

Overlapping courses

1 credits overlap with SGO9005 – Thesis seminar: Midway assessment


Teaching takes place over one day during the semester.

Texts submitted in advance will be discussed at the seminar. The seminar leader appoints an academic opponent for all participants. It is required that the candidates' main supervisor is present and we also encourage co-supervisors to participate.

The candidates must give a brief introduction of their draft (maximum 10 mins). They will then be given prepared comments from the appointed opponent, as well as comments from the seminar leaders, supervisors and other doctoral research fellows.


All participants must submit a text of a maximum of 25 pages approx. two weeks before the seminar. The text can be either an article or a chapter in a monograph.

In addition to the draft text, a brief note (maximum 5 pages) should be included where the thesis' theme, overall problem set, theoretical framework and methodology are explained, and also accounts for the progress and plan for the remainder of the thesis work.

Attendance combined with the oral and written presentations will form the basis for determining whether the doctoral research fellow has passed the seminar.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Facts about this course






Spring and autumn


Spring and autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)