MAE4090D – Thesis (part-time programme option)

Course content

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

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 and evaluation topic


  • plan, organize, and complete an assessment 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 and evaluation


Formal prerequisite knowledge

  • to receive supervision, you must have completed MAE4230 Research Seminar I
  • to be allowed to hand in your thesis, you additionally must have completed all first and second year courses


You are being guided in the work on the thesis by your supervisor(s) in individual tutorials.  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 theses linked to a research internship at a professional partner organization, an internal academic 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.


The examination consists of two parts

  • master’s thesis (2/3 of the final grade)
  • oral examination (1/3 of the final grade)

You need to receive a passing grade for your master’s thesis in order to sit for the oral examination.

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

For the oral examination you will be asked questions by the commission members based on your written thesis. In addition to the thesis manuscript, you are expected to prepare a presentation of ca. 20 minutes.

The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written work (counting for 2/3 of the grade) and the oral examination (counting for 1/3 of the grade). You will receive the grade immediately after the oral examination is completed.

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.

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.

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 suerpvision 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 deadlines, 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 three semesters, starting spring 2021 and every spring and autumn after that


Spring and autumn

Teaching language