TIK4040 – Research and Design Seminar

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Course content

The aim of the course is to guide students through the process of writing a master thesis.This demands ability to link research question, research strategy, theory and methodology. The lectures and seminars in this course will help the students define a research question and write a thesis outline. Students will use the knowledge gained from theory and method courses.

The course has a two-part structure:

  1. A few lectures on writing a thesis
  2. Group supervision seminars.

Individual supervisors will be appointed for all students, but students must apply. The web based application form will be posted on the web page Masteroppgave i TIK og ESST.

Learning outcome


  • Writing a thesis outline
  • References and research ethics


  • define a research problem or research question
  • build a scientific argument
  • present and discuss own work
  • read and comment upon other students' work


  • independent work, critical/analytical thinking
  • use scientific methods to analyse social dimensions of knowledge and technology


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.

The course is applicable for students from the ESST - Society, Science and Technology in Europe (master - halvannet år) and Teknologi, innovasjon og kunnskap (master - to år).


Formal prerequisite knowledge

A Bachelor Degree in Social Sciences, Humanities or equal.


At the beginning of the course, 4 lectures are held. These lectures focus on what is expected of a master thesis, how to write a thesis outline, and how to define a Research question. There will also be short presentation of some of TIKs ongoing research projects.

The rest of the course consists of group supervision seminars. Students are expected to hand in drafts of their thesis outline before each seminar, and participate in group discussions of outlines.


The exam includes a full thesis outline (up to 8-10 pages), and in addition an individual reading list. The exam will be graded on a pass/fail scale.

Assessment guidelines

Language of examination

English or Norwegian. ESST students must write their outlines in English.

Grading scale

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

Explanations and appeals

Students in this course automatically receive an explanation alongside their grade.

Resit an examination

If you are sick or have another valid reason for not attending the regular exam, we offer a postponed exam later in the same semester.

See also our information about resitting an exam.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the 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.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Evaluation reports (in Norwegian):

Spring 2014

Spring 2015

Spring 2018

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