ANTH4090 – Master thesis
The master's thesis is an independent scientific product to be submitted for the final assessment of the master's degree program.
- Deep understanding of the anthropological research process
- Experience-based knowledge
- You will learn how your own data, collected during fieldwork, can be connected to analytical issues within social anthropological theory, and can be put in a comparative perspective.
- You will be able to apply and reflect on key methodological and theoretical tools that allow you to analyze different types of data
- To complete and present an independent scientific work in an ethically sound manner
- Integration of your own research with the standards of scientific and analytical thought – i.e. you will be able to present your thesis results in a way that meets scientific criteria
- Analyze, disseminate and present social and cultural phenomena in solid written form
- You will learn how to find and put into context relevant literature
- Through the work on your thesis, you will acquire dissemination skills
- Learn to respect scientific values, such as openness, rationality and precision and will learn to distinguish between research-based knowledge, the importance of analytical model choices, practice-based knowledge and "perception"
- Gain ethical awareness concerning the various problems that may arise during research and the writing up of research results
- Learn how to adhere to the principles of academic honesty, integrity, and responsibility when it comes to your research and to other professional work
Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.
If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.
This course is not available for single course students.
Students must be enrolled in the master’s programme in Social Anthropology, and have to apply to take the exam in Studentweb.
Formal prerequisite knowledge
You have to complete ANTH4010 – Advanced Anthropological Theory, ANTH4020 – Academic Writing and Project Development, ANTH4030 – Advanced Anthropological Methods Methods, ANTH4200 – Fieldwork and two specialization courses before signing up for ANTH4090.
There is no teaching offered in this course, but you will receive a defined number of sessions of individual supervision when writing your master's thesis. No supervision will be given beyond the 4th semester. See Guidelines for Supervision. The master's thesis will be produced during the 2nd half of semester 3 and semester 4 – i.e. writing will start after you return from the field in semester 3 (autumn semester), with the exam taking place in the latter half of semester 4 (spring semester).
The final master's degree exam consists of a master's thesis and an oral examination.
The scope of the master's thesis must be 35,000 words (+/- 10 percent) including footnotes (references and appendices are in addition). Master’s theses that exceed this limit will be rejected.
The time and place for the oral exam, as well as who is the examiner, will be published on the semester page.
Before the oral exam, the examiners hold an pre-examination meeting where the supervisor is present to clarify ambiguities and answer questions the examiners may have. The supervisor leaves the meeting before the grade on the master's thesis is set. He / she does not attend the oral exam which normally takes place just after the pre-examination meeting, and which lasts for about an hour.
Use of sources and citation
Language of examination
You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or 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
Withdrawal from an examination
A master’s thesis that is not passed may be resubmitted only once, and then within the agreed time and in revised form. A master’s thesis that is passed may not be resubmitted in revised form.
If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline, this will be counted as an examination attempt.
Special examination arrangements
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.
The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.