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Postgraduate course

Master's Thesis in Public Administration

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


Level of Study


Teaching semester


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 activities of the Department. It is also required that you follow the research seminar as an integral part of your work with your master's thesis.

Learning Outcomes

A student who has completed the course should have the following learning outcomes:


The student 

  • has acquired 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.
  • can ask scientific questions about social events and realities.
  • can 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

One of the elective state of the art courses:

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

Recommended Previous Knowledge


Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap


Access to the Course

The course is open for students who have been accepted to the Master's program in public administration.

Teaching and learning methods

Individual and collective supervision and dissertation seminars.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

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. Compulsory requirements must be approved before the exam can be taken. 

Forms of Assessment

Master's Thesis. The thesis must be submitted electronically.

The thesis must be from 80 - 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.

Grading Scale

Graded A-F

Assessment Semester

The Master's Thesis shall be submitted in the fourth semester and the fixed date is June 1st in the spring semester and December 1st in the fall 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.

Programme Committee

The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses. 

Course Coordinator

Course coordinator and administrative contact person can be found on Mitt UiB

Course Administrator

Department of Government at the Faculty of Social Sciences has the administrative responsibility for the course and the study programme.

Exam information