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Religious Minorities Master's Thesis

  • ECTS credits30
  • Teaching semesterSpring, Autumn
  • Course codeRELMIN650
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Teaching semester

Autumn and Spring

Place of Instruction

Online course, and therefore not restricted to Bergen.

Objectives and Content

The master project shall be an independent project that demonstrates understanding, reflection, and critical thought. In addition, the master project will show:

  • That the student can locate and process source material
  • That the student is well-familiar with relevant theory and method
  • That the student has mastered searching, reviewing, and the proper use of academic literature

The topic of the master project course shall be determined during RELV 339 (Research Methods, Ethics, and Project Design). In order to receive proper guidance, the student needs to choose a topic of which there is available competence among the faculty of the department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies, and Religion.

Work on the master¿s project is scheduled for one semester for full-time students, and two semesters for part-time students.

Learning Outcomes

The student shall by the end of the course have gained the following learning outcome defined in knowledge, skills, and general competence:


The student

  • can select and apply core concepts and theoretical approaches from the field of religious studies to original research
  • can describe and classify central ethical issues relevant to the relationship between religious minorities and their social surroundings and to social dynamics within religious minorities


The student

  • can find relevant research sources about religious minorities
  • can select and apply appropriate research methods to researching religious minorities
  • can design and carry out a written research project on a topic related to religious minorities in accordance with the ethical and professional standards of the academic community

General competence:

The student

  • can detect and challenge hidden and overt ideologies and stereotypes
  • can select and apply appropriate theoretical approaches and research methodologies to research
  • can utilize the appropriate academic language and writing skills to communicate descriptions and analyses of complex social, political, and religious issues
  • can approach research from several critical perspectives

Required Previous Knowledge

Completion of the program¿s compulsory courses.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

The thesis is to be written in English or in a Scandinavian language. Students should therefore have a sound knowledge of the language in which they write.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap


Access to the Course

Admission to the Master¿s Programme Religious Minorities 

Teaching and learning methods

The teaching and student activities in this course will entirely take place online.

Each semester two master seminars are held. In the first each student enrolled in the course submits a 10-minute digital presentation of his/her work, and the second, in which each student enrolled in the course submits a draft of a dissertation chapter, which is commented on by other students.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

In this course the following compulsory requirements have to be approved in order to sit for the examination:

The students will revise a project outline for the master¿s thesis prepared in RELV309. The project outline will show that the student [1] has good knowledge of the research history of the topic and can place the project within this research history, [2] has clearly defined and limited the scope of the project and material used for it and [3] has a realistic implementation plan. Project sketch, approx. 2000-3000 words, is rated as "approved", "approved with reservation" or "not approved". The project sketch should be submitted latest in the second semester of the program by full time students, and the fourth semester by part-time students.

For the first master seminar, each student needs to submit a 10-minute digital presentation of his/her work. For the second seminar, each student must submit a draft of a dissertation chapter, which is commented on by other students.

Forms of Assessment

Forms of assessment:

  1. The master¿s thesis needs to have a length between 15,000 and 20,000 words. This does not include front page, table of contents, foreword, bibliographical lists and appendices.
  2. An oral exam.

The master¿s dissertation receives a grade, after which an oral exam is done based on the thesis. This oral exam can adjust the grade of the thesis up or down.

Both parts of the assessment must be passed in order to pass the examination.

Grading Scale

A graded marking scale (A to F) is used. A is the top grade and F means Failed.

Reading List

This course has an individualized reading list.

Course Evaluation

The course unit will be evaluated regularly.

Programme Committee

The Programme Committee for The Study of Religion

Course Coordinator

The Programme Committee for The Study of Religions, Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies- and Religions (AHKR)

Course Administrator

Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies- and Religion (AHKR)


Study Advisor: studierettleiar@ahkr.uib.no

Administration of examination: eksamen@ahkr.uib.no