Facts about the course

ECTS Credits:
Responsible department:
Faculty of Business Administration and Social Sciences
Course Leader:
Knut Peder Heen
Lecture Semester:
Teaching language:
½ year

BØK950 Master's Degree Thesis (Spring 2023)

About the course

Before students start working on their master's thesis, the thesis proposal must be approved by the supervisor. The proposal should contain a description of the area, the problem, the literature, and the methods the student plan to use. The proposal should be a written report and should be presented orally. The proporsal will be developed during the third semester. The purpose of the proposal is to kick start the work on the master thesis. The purpose of the course SØK705 Research Methods and Porposal in the third semester is to facilitate the transition from reading course materials and taking exams to writing a thesis.   

The master's thesis is 30 ECTS (one semester) and must be a research question related to the main profile of the program, economic analysis. Preferably a theoretical or an empirical problem, but more practical problems may be approved for the less abitious student. The master's thesis gives the student the opportunity to apply the theories and the methods presented during the course sequence. Students also has the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of a particular research area. The thesis is scientific work and should therefore follow standard scientific procedure (references, etc.). The thesis should document that the student is able to apply the theories and the methods learned during the course sequence. The master's thesis should in principle be an individual effort, but teams of up to two students may write the thesis together. The master's thesis represents the end product of the study, and should normally be completed in the fourth semester.     

There will normally be two oral presentations of the progress during the semester (early February and late April). The purpose of the presentations is to give the student experience in presenting reports and to make sure that the progress follows the plan. The presentations also works as a forum in which students may learn from each other. Attendance at the presentations is mandatory. Please confirm dates with the person in charge before booking any trips etc. in February or April. 

The course is connected to the following study programs

Required prerequisite knowledge

Completed the first three semesters of the MSc program in Economics and Business Administration at HiM. In addition, the proposal written in the course SØK705 Reasearch Methods and Proposal must have been approved.

NB! If the above prerequisites are not completed, the student must submit an application for participation as soon as possible. The application should contain a plan for when the prerequsites will be completed.

The student's learning outcomes after completing the course

The student will learn:

  • How to raise research questions
  • How to answer research questions
  • How to write a report presenting their findings
  • How to present their findings orally
  • How to plan their time facing a deadline

Forms of teaching and learning


Coursework requirements - conditions for taking the exam

  • Mandatory coursework: Seminar-/collection participation
  • Courseworks given: 2
  • Courseworks required: 2
  • Presence: Required
  • Comment:


  • Form of assessment: Master's thesis
  • Proportion: 100%
  • Duration: -
  • Grouping: Individual
  • Grading scale: Letter (A - F)
  • Supported material:



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