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AVH5080: Thesis for Master in History of Religions

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Emneansvarlig:Brent Nongbri (
Studieprogramtilhørighet:2-årige masterprogrammer - Master in History of Religions
Avdelingstilhørighet:Avdeling for religion, skole og samfunn

Generell informasjon

This is one option of the compulsory master thesis in the programme Master in History of Religions. 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 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.
As a main rule, all courses in year 1 of the prgram, including methodology, must be completed before students can register for AVH5080.
As a main rule, all courses within the programme must be completed before the thesis can be submitted.


To be qualified for final assessment, all students 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 contract between the supervisor and the student, in which the supervisor endorses the subject for the master`s thesis. The contract is to be submitted digitally, usually as part of MET5310.
  • Send in information concerning the expected submission date and topic of the 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.
  • Participate in the electronic evaluation of the course if such evaluation is stipulated in the relevant term.
When course requirements are not fulfilled, this will count as one examination attempt, unless the student withdraws before the set deadline (1 May/November).

Avsluttende vurdering

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.

Læringsutbytte etter fullført emne

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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