EDID4009 – Master's Thesis in English subject didactics

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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.

Learning outcome

After completing the subject you are to have learnt:

Knowledge about

  • 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

Skills to

  • 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


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.

Admission to the specialization in English didactics


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 (approx. 60 to 80 pages). 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 (approx. 90-120 pages).

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 thesis should be uploaded electronically into DUO as well as Inspera. 

See this page for information about how to upload your file to DUO.

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

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.

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.

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.


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






Spring and autumn from 2019


Spring and autumn from 2019

Submission deadlines:

Spring semester:

15. February and 1. June 

Autumn semester:

15. September and 1. December


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