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Postgraduate course

Master's Thesis in Public Administration

  • ECTS credits60
  • Teaching semesterSpring, Autumn
  • Course codeAORG351
  • Number of semesters2
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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


The student acquires advanced knowledge of

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


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

AORG320B, AORG322B and AORG323B AORG321B and AORG332

For students enrolled autumn 2017 or earlier: AORG320, AORG321, AORG322 and AORG323

Access to the Course

Master's Programme in Public Administration

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. 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.

Assessment Semester

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.

Course Evaluation

All courses are evaluated according to UiB's system for quality assurance of education.


Contact Information

 Department of Administration and Organization Theory


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