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AVH5010: Thesis for Master of Theology

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Person responsible for the course:Harald Hegstad (
Credit points (ECTS):60
Start of studies:
Study programme:Master's degree (2 years) - Master of Theology
Department:Department of Theology and Ministry

General information

This is a compulsory core course in the degree programme Master of Theology.
The thesis is an independent research project from a limited part of the programme. The work with the thesis is meant to strengthen the student's professional competence and educate for positions within research.
The thesis may be built on an independent investigation of sources, or it may give an analysis of the research performed by others. The thesis may be an independent work or part of a research project performed by others. The topic of the thesis and the research approach have to be adapted to the overall objectives of the programme, as formulated in the learning outcomes in the programme description.
All students writing a master's thesis are required to establish a contract with their supervisor, and the supervisor is to endorse the subject of the thesis. The student is supposed to take the initiative to find a supervisor. Only professors or associate professors are eligible for supervision.
As a main rule, 40 ECTS within the programme, including methodology, must be completed before students can register for AVH5010. As a main rule, all courses within the programme must be completed before the thesis can be submitted.

Course requirements

To be qualified for final assessment, the student must:
  • Have a valid contract with a supervisor, in which the supervisor has endorsed the subject for the master's thesis. The subject for the thesis is to be chosen by the student in co-operation with the supervisor. The supervisor's endorsement is to ensure that the subject lies within the field of the programme and to ensure its suitableness for a master's thesis. There is to be a written contract between the supervisor and the student, in which the supervisor endorses the subject for the master`s thesis. The contract is to be handed in to the Student reception, usually as part of a course in method.
  • Give formally information about the expected time for handing in the thesis and state the topic of your thesis, both within a given deadline. See the exam pages, subcategory master¿s thesis, for submission deadlines and information on how you give notice.
  • Agree to an academic integrity commitment statement during final submission, confirming that the thesis is self-produced.
To gain credits for the course the student must have fulfilled all the requirements within the given deadlines. When course requirements are not fulfilled this will count as one examination attempt, unless you withdraw within the set deadline (1 May/ 1 November).

Final assessment

The final assessment is based on the Master's thesis (30.000-45.000 words). The thesis is assessed with grades A-F.
Information about submission deadlines, the submission procedure and the specified requirements for structure, layout and references, is available at the exam pages, subcategory Master's thesis. The Master's thesis must fulfill the specified requirements to be accepted.
The examination results will be announced within 3-6 weeks after the submission deadline.

Course objective and content

The student has:
  • Thorough knowledge about the research topic
The student is able to:
  • plan and complete an independent research project in line with applicable norms for research ethics
  • formulate a precise research question and limit material to be used, based on the given research topic
  • make a well-reasoned and critical choice of theory and method based on the available material and research topic
  • explain the connection between theory, method, use of concepts and empirical data / source material in one's own research
  • use scholarly concepts/theories/tools to analyze and discuss a research topic in an independent way
  • find and use relevant scholarly sources, and refer to these in a sound and correct manner with regards to an established reference standard
  • communicate in writing the results of one's own research concisely and systematically

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