REDI4302 – Master Thesis in Religion and Diversity: Conflict and Coexistence

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Autumn 2020 and Spring term 2021:

Due to Covid-19, no oral exam will be held Autumn 2020 and Spring term 2021. The grade is determined only on the written work.


The Master thesis (60 ECTS) plays a central role in the study program religion and diversity. It shows that the student can work independently with a specific theme according to scientific theories, methods and standards. Selection of topic and methodological approaches are done in consultation with the program leader.


The objective of the program is to provide students with an in-depth understanding of diversity, interaction and coexistence related to religion, in historical and contemporary perspectives. The selected topic must relate to the overall framework of the program.

The topic of the thesis must be chosen so that the planned work is not covered by previous assignments, although in many cases it will be possible to address a previously treated topic under new perspectives.



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It will be given up to 16 hours of supervision from a teacher with relevant competence. Supervision is mandatory, and the Master thesis must be approved as sufficient by the supervisor before submitting. Presentation seminars are also mandatory, with different assignments in each term.


The project outline is normally prepared in the second semester of the program (REDI4302 Term 1) through a four-stage process:


(1) At the beginning of the semester a seminar will be held in which the students will present themes and ideas for the assignment and how they plan the work. A brief draft (1-2 pages) is provided in advance of the seminar. Participation in the seminar is mandatory.

(2) Based on feedback in the seminar and further reading, the student prepares a first project paper (3 to 5 pages) that will contain a presentation of the topic of the assignment, a brief summary of previous research on the subject, and some thoughts on which methodological measures and theoretical perspectives (related to insights from RESA4102 - Theory and Method in the Study of Religion, Society and Diversity). The sketch is presented in a start-up seminar in February, where students give feedback on each other's projects. Participation in the start-up seminar is mandatory.

(3) After the start-up seminar, the project draft is developed further, and a new version (5 - 10 pages) will be delivered midway through the semester. This is based on the student being assigned a supervisor.


(4) Based on the first meeting with the supervisor, the project proposal is further processed and a final version (8-10 pages) is submitted towards the end of the semester. This must be approved by the program manager.


In addition to supervision, in the further work with the master's thesis, the student will participate in at least two presentation seminars (REDI4302 Term 2 and 3). In these seminars, parts of the thesis will be presented for an overall discussion. In addition, the student will be the main respondent to another's presentation.

Students who present their work for the first time are expected to provide an updated version of the project description, with a preliminary presentation of the master's thesis. The paper should give a clear expression of the methodological approach chosen, and which theoretical perspective most important for the thesis, possibly in the shape of a draft to the introductory chapter for the master thesis. It is also possible to make other chapter drafts (together with an outline that shows what role this chapter will have in the overall structure). Total extent should be approx. 10 pages.


For students who present for the second time, in addition to an outline for the master thesis, a chapter draft is expected. Maximum number of pages is 20.


Autumn 2020 and Spring term 2021:

Due to Covid-19, no oral exam will be held Autumn 2020 and Spring term 2021. The grade is determined only on the written work.


Previous semesters:

Master's thesis assignment and oral exam.

The Master's thesis assignment is 28000-40000 words. The font used must be Times New Roman 12 point or equivalent, one-half line spacing and margins should be 2.5 cm. The title sheet on the assignment must indicate the student's name, title of the assignment, title and name of supervisor and the text "Master's thesis in Religion and Diversity: Conflict and Coexistence, University of Oslo, The Faculty of Theology", as well as the semester and year.


All students must submit the Master's thesis to DUO Science Archive.

Submission of Master's thesis in DUO 


A preliminary grade is determined for the written work before the oral examination.

After the preliminary grade has been announced to the student, an oral exam will be conducted in up to 45 minutes. The student brings to the examination a short oral prepared presentation (400 words) of the main problem in the thesis.

On the basis of the thesis and the oral examination, the final grade is determined. The oral exam may adjust the preliminary grade up or down with up to one grade.


Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit your assignment.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in 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.

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.

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