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The thesis is an independent piece of scientific research demonstrating your acquired competence in assessment, measurement and evaluation in relation to the aims of the programme.

You are guided in your work by a supervisor with expertise in the particular thematic area that you have chosen for your master’s thesis. Your work will be linked to a research internship in either an academic group or a professional partner organization.

Learning outcome


  • in-depth and comprehensive understanding of the chosen assessment, measurement and evaluation topic


  • plan, organize, and complete an assessment, measurement and evaluation project from the initial idea to its completion
  • effective organization and communication skills


  • independent research and analytical competence in issues related to assessment, measurement and evaluation


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 only open to students who are admitted to the master's programme in Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

  • to receive supervision, you must have completed MAE4230 Research Seminar I Researcher's skills (discontinued) or MAE4221 Research seminar I Researcher's skills
  • to be allowed to hand in your thesis, you must also have completed all first and second year courses


You will be guided in your work with the thesis by your supervisor(s) in individual sessions. You have the right to 30 hours of supervision. This includes the supervisor’s preparation time and face to face supervision.

If you write your thesis linked to a research internship at a professional partner organization, an internal co-supervisor is also appointed.

The supervision agreement must be filled out and handed in to the administrative coordinator. Note that supervision is obligatory.

The thesis shall be written as a manuscript in journal article APA style with A4 page size.


Thesis structure:

1. Front Page

2. Popular abstract (max. half a page)

3. Acknowledgements/Preface

4. Journal Article (typically about  25-40 pages).

5. Appendix I: GDPR documents & Ethical approval         

6. Appendix II: Data Management & Analysis Code

7. Appendix III: Supplemental Material


The examination consists of two parts

  • master’s thesis 
  • oral examination

The student has to receive a passing grade for their master’s thesis in order to sit for the oral examination.

The thesis and oral examination is evaluated and graded by a committee comprised of two members, one of which is external. The supervisor is not included in the grading committee.

During the oral examination the student will be asked questions by the commitee members about the written thesis. In addition to the thesis manuscript, the student is expected to prepare a presentation of approximately 20 minutes.

The student receives a preliminary grade for the master’s thesis before the oral examination, along with a written explanation of the grade.  
The oral examination serves to adjust the grade given on the thesis. The result can be either the same grade, one grade up or one grade down. 
After the oral examination, the student receives the final grade for the master’s thesis along with specific scores in the grading rubric. If an adjustment was made, the student will be informed of the grounds for the adjustment. 

The deadline for submission of the thesis is in the first half of May every year with the oral examination taking place before the end of the semester.

For students who are delayed and who submit in the autumn, the deadline is in the first half of November, with the oral examination taking place in December.

The thesis is to be delivered in Inspera and StudentWeb as identical pdf files.

Please refer to the semester page for specific information about the submission deadline and schedule for the oral examinations.

Language of examination

You will write your master's thesis 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.

Click here to see the grading rubric used by examiners in MAE4090 Thesis.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who are unable to submit their theses within the standard deadline, have to apply for an extension.

It is only possible to apply for extensions one semester at a time.

When applying for an extension, you need to make a progress plan along with your supervisor which shows how far the work with the thesis has come, how much work is left, when drafts are due (specific dates) and how many more supervision meetings are planned. The supervisor has to approve of the progress plan in order for the application to be granted.

The progress plan is to be uploaded in this webform.

The deadline for applying for an extension is 1 June in the spring semester and 1 December in the autumn semester.

Students who are granted an extension will only receive extra guidance from their supervisor if the supervisor has time. 

The theses are to be submitted within the normal deadline in the following semester, i.e. in the first half of May in the spring and the first half of November in the autumn. Check the semester pages to find the exact deadline.

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.


In accordance with the UiO quality assurance system, the course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Covers two semesters, starting autumn 2019 and every spring and autumn after that


Spring and autumn

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