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Postgraduate course

Thesis Development and Methodology

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeFIL342
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageNorwegian or English
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ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Teaching semester


Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The course will provide students with an introduction to the skills and overview of knowledge needed to work with a master's thesis, such as the use of library resources, citation techniques and literature sources. It should also provide information about what a project description should contain.

Learning Outcomes


After completing the course, the student should have

  • knowledge of source usage, citation techniques and library resources.
  • understanding of what element is included in a master's thesis, how the task can be built up and what formal requirements are required.


After completing the course, the student should be able to

  • start the work of writing a project description.


After completing the course, the student should be competent to

  • to undertake writing a project description.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

A good proficiency in English is necessary since it ought to be assumed that much of the prescribed reading will be in English.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

FIL342 overlaps 10 ECTS with FIL304 (Plan for Master Thesis in Philosophy) and 5 ECTS with FIL312 ().

Access to the Course

A condition for entry into this course is having been accepted for the Masters programme in philosophy.

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching is offered in the form of lectures and/or seminars.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

An approval of compulsory requirements is valid for three semesters, including the semester in which the approval is given.

Book report of about 1000 words

Students must attend at least two thirds of the seminars.

Forms of Assessment

A project description between 2000 and 3000 words (not included list of contents, literature list etc). The theme of the project and the research litterature must be approved by the teacher. The assignment is to be delivered digitally in Mitt UiB and will be censored by the end of the semester.

Grading Scale

Pass or Fail.

Assessment Semester


Course Evaluation

The teaching will be evaluated from time to time.

Programme Committee

Department of Philosophy

Course Coordinator

Department of Philosophy

Course Administrator

Department of Philosophy


Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Project description

    Submission deadline
    08.03.2023, 13:00
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam