SNE4390 – Master's Thesis

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The Master's Thesis

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.

On our website for master's theses you may find tips and formal requirements for the thesis, information about data management, supervision, submission and grading. 

Learning outcome


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.


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 not available for single course students.

The course is a part of the Master programme in Special Needs Education. Only students formally accepted to the programme may attend this course.


Master's thesis seminar and research proposal

In the third semester of the master's programme you participate in a seminar in which you develop a research proposal which forms the basis of the Master's Thesis. 

Participation in the seminar and the research proposal must be formally approved in order to be appointed a supervisor from the Department and submit the thesis.  

An approved research proposal is valid for 3 years.If you are delayed with your theses and your project proposals is more than 3 years old, you must submit an updated research proposals for approval before you can submit your Master Thesis

Compulsory Attendance

Attendance at the Master's Thesis seminar is compulsory. 


In the final semester of the master's programme, you will have an academic supervisor to help and guide you through your work on the Master's Thesis. The supervisor is appointed by the Department, and the formal assignment of supervisors takes place at the end of the third semester of the master's programme, after completion of the Master's Thesis seminar. You will receive up to 10 hours of supervision. Supervision is compulsory. Parts of the supervision may be given in groups. 


The master’s thesis can be submitted in two different formats.

  • In the traditional format - as a monograph
  • As an article-based master's thesis consisting of an extended summary and an article manuscript

The choice of thesis format is determined in collaboration with the supervisor. 

The requirements for the content and format of the master’s thesis are defined in separate guidelines. Students on the subject are obliged to familiarize themselves with the guidelines.


The submission of the Master's Thesis is electronic. The Master's Thesis is to be submitted in Inspera and to DUO in Studentweb. You do not need to submit a printed copy of your thesis.

Assessment and grading

The examination committee consist of two examiners, at least one of whom must be an external examiner. The candidate’s supervisor cannot be one of these persons. The Master's Thesis is assessed against the criteria defined in the assessment guidelines. The examination committee must reach a consensus regarding the grade. In the case of disagreement, a new examination committee should be appointed. 

Grading deadline

The grading deadline for master's theses is 8 weeks. The grade will be published in Studentweb 8 weeks after the submission deadline. A written explanation of the grade will be available in Inspera on the same date. 

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

The Master's Thesis must be written 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

All candidates are given written explanations of their grade in Inspera. 

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

Resit 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 not passed may upon application be resubmitted in revised form the following semester. Should your master's thesis be given the mark of F and you would like to resubmit the thesis you must contact the department's study administration. You may apply for 4 hours of supervision. 

Withdrawal from an examination

Students on the subject have three examination attempts. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline, this will be counted as an examination attempt.The deadline for withdrawing from the exam is available on the semester page. 

Delay and leave of absence

If you get delayed with your master thesis your must notify the department's study administration at your earliest convenience. 

If you become pregnant or long-term sick during the master programme you may apply for leave of absence. In cases of leave of absence a new supervision contract must be signed. 


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 every autumn


Spring and autumn