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Master's Thesis in Public Administration

Semester of Instruction

Spring/fall

Objectives and Content

In writing the thesis you are required to pursue independent scientific work and presentation.

The Master's Thesis shall explore a topic/issue which is relevant to Administration and Organizational Science. It is required that the topic and research problem of the Master's Thesis takes its point of departure from the research agenda of the research groups which structures the research activities of the institute. It is also required that you follow the research seminar organized by your research group as an integral part of your work with your master's thesis.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge

The student acquires advanced knowledge of

  • conducting independent research based on empirical data collected by the student him/herself.

Skills

The student

  • is capable of independent and critical analysis and interpretation.
  • can demonstrate skills about writing a scientific dissertation, developing relevant and logical arguments, and using various reference sources.

General competence

The student can

  • critically examine various sources of data and information.
  • ask scientific questions about social events and realities.
  • make decisions regarding choice of research theme and issue, theoretical and methodological approaches and tools, formulation and development of hypotheses and analysis of data.

Required Previous Knowledge

Fulfilment of general admission requirements for the Master of Philosophy in Public Administration Programme.

AORG320, AORG321, AORG322 and AORG323

Teaching and learning methods

Individual and collective supervision and dissertation seminars

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

In semester one of AORG351 the students are to participate in mandatory seminar regarding how to plan their studies and project. Submission of progress plan.

Presentation of master thesis draft. The student shall at least once comment a draft from a fellow student. Approved compulsory requirements are valid for one semester and must be completed each semester the student is registered for the course.

Forms of Assessment

The Master┬┐s Thesis shall be submitted in the fourth semester and the fixed date is June 1st in the spring semester. Submitting on a different date may be granted based on individual application.

The thesis must be submitted electronically

The thesis must be 120 pages long, excluding the title page, table of contents, references and all attachments. The department can grant permission to hand in a longer thesis, if there are extraordinary academic reasons for it. A well-reasoned application must be sent to the head of department.

Contact

Contact Information

 Department of Administration and Organization Theory

studieveileder@aorg.uib.no

Exam information

  • Note that the time may change up until 14 days prior to the day of the examination. The location will be published 14 days ahead.

  • Type of assessment: Master thesis

    Submission deadline
    01.12.2017, 14:00
    Withdrawal deadline
    17.11.2017