SNE4390 – Master's Thesis

Course content

The Master thesis is a scientific work relevant to the special education field. The work includes planning and implementing a research and reporting of this through a thesis in which the student shows insight into current research, theory and methods of relevance to the thesis.

The task may include an empirical study or be a purely theoretical work. The thesis can also be linked to professional development and / or an evaluation project.

Learning outcome

The course contributes to:


Knowledge about planning, implementation and documentation of an independent research work


Skills in carrying out an independent research work in the form of a thesis.


Competence in making a critical assessment of quality, validity and relevance of research works.


The course is an obligatory part of the Master of Philosophy in Special Needs Education Programme. Only students formally accepted onto the programme may attend this course. Admission critera as follows:

  1. A relevant bachelor’s degree or equivalent with a minimum grade of C or the equivalent
  2. Knowledge of English documented by one of the following or equivalent:
  • Basic English from Upper Secondary School (videregående), minimum grade 4 (Norwegian grading system)
  • TOEFL examination with a minimum score of 550 (213 computer-based, 80 internet-based)
  • IELTS examination with a minimum score of band 6
  1. Motivation, research interests and professional practice will also be taken into consideration


Formal prerequisite knowledge

The following courses must have been successfully completed:



While conducting the research project and writing the thesis the student is offered advice from an academic supervisor appointed by DSNE.

Maximum number of hours for advice: equivalent to 10 contact hours for the total period.

Obligatory activities

The research planning seminars under SNE4231 – Research Methodology


The delivery of the thesis is in Studentweb and in Inspera

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


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.

The examination commission consists of two examiners, at least one of whom must be an external examiner. The candidate’s supervisor cannot be one of these persons. The examination commission must reach a consensus regarding the grade. In the case of disagreement, a new examination commission should be appointed. The candidate's supervisor does not participate in the examination meeting.

The candidate will be contacted by the internal examiner and informed of the date and time of the thesis examination Meeting.

The thesis grade is not valid until it has been registered in the Student Data Base (FS) and is visible in StudentWeb.

Explanations and appeals

For the Master's Theses, appeals against grades are processed within 8 weeks. If it takes longer, you will be notified. 

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.

Facts about this course






Covers two semesters, starting every autumn


Spring and autumn