EDID4009 – Master's Thesis in English subject didactics
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
The Master’s thesis allows you to specialise in a self-selected research topic relevant for teaching English a school subject. The research process usually combines theory with the analysis of empirical data, but it is also possible to write a primarily theoretical thesis.
In a thesis that is based on empirical data you may use previously collected and available data, or collect your own. Supervision is intended to help you develop your analytical skills and your ability to convey the findings in accordance with academic conventions.
Your work on the thesis will use the project description you developed in the MA methods course as a point of departure.
After completing the subject you are to have learnt:
- the main theories and empirical findings in a limited field of research
- the collection of data and/or sources needed for a theoretically informed data analysis
- ethically informed research in schools and education
- how to cite, paraphrase or refer to research
- find, understand, analyse and critically evaluate research studies sources of information and current theory in the field of English didactics
- use relevant and suitable research methods for a project in the field of English didactics
- write and structure scientific texts
- refer to research literature in accordance with the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) requirements
- complete an independent, delimited and professionally relevant research project with support from a supervisor, and in accordance with current ethical guidelines
General competence to
- convey professionally relevant research in accordance with advanced scientific requirements
- critically reflect on and analyse research problems and research-ethical issues
- further develop your subject didactic competence
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Admission to the specialization in English didactics
Formal prerequisite knowledge
Admission requires having passed PROF1015 – Profesjonsidentitet, læring og undervisning, PROF3025 – Ledelse av elevers læring and PROF4045 – Tilrettelegging for elevers læring
Each student is entitled to eight – 8 – hours of supervision, individually or in groups. If two students are cooperating on a thesis they are supervised together.
Students are required to hand in a supervision contract, signed by the student and the supervisor(s).
Access to teaching
Students have to be enrolled for the course to attend classes.
The Master’s Thesis is a coherent scientific text of about 21,000 to 28,000 words, or 60 to 80 pages in the DUO template format. This does not include the summary, foreword, table of contents, list of references or appendices. If two students write a thesis together, this requires both to be involved in all aspects of the research and writing, and the thesis should have a length of 31,000 to 42,000 words, or 90-120 pages in the DUO format.
The Master’s thesis should have a 300-word summary that should not exceed one page in length and be placed at the beginning of the thesis. The student is to use the DUO template file and the thesis should be uploaded electronically into DUO. Six paper copies must also be handed in to the Department of teacher education and school research along with a receipt for you having uploaded an electronic copy to DUO via Studentweb and a completed and signed receipt for having handed in the thesis.
See this page for information about printing paper copies and how to upload your file to DUO. Here you will also find the DUO template file and the receipt form for handing in your thesis.
All courses in the study programme must be passed no later than the semester prior to handing in the Master’s thesis for assessment.
The assessment committe copmprises to examinars, at least one of which must be external.
Use of sources and citation
Examination support material
All sources of aid are permitted.
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in 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.
The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.