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Master's thesis

  • ECTS credits60
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeSDG350
  • Number of semesters2
  • LanguageEnglish or Norwegian
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ECTS Credits

60 ECTS. 

Level of Study


Teaching semester

Autumn and spring

Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The objective of the Master¿s thesis is for the student to develop knowledge of and first-hand experience with interdisciplinary research on a specific research question related to sustainability.

The research question shall fall within the scope of one of the three specializations of the program (Climate and energy transitions; Marine sustainability; or Global societal challenges), and make active use of mandatory and elective course topics and methods. The student is expected to take active part in the research design. 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course the students should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student can:

  • demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the sustainability area focused in the thesis research, and apply concepts, knowledge and theory of sustainability and interdisciplinarity to that area
  • develop a clear research question and substantiate its relevance and importance to sustainability as well as its interdisciplinary aspects


The student can:

  • plan, design and carry out a research project of high quality according to appropriate methodological and ethical standards, and provide a written account thereof (as academic thesis)
  • discuss strengths and limitations of the student¿s chosen (inter)disciplinary, methodological and conceptual approach in relation to other relevant approaches and perspectives
  • discuss and reflect on the institutional and societal dimensions of the thesis subject

General Competencies

The student can:

  • carry out an independent research project following appropriate research methodologies and in accordance with applicable norms for research
  • communicate the research questions dealt with in the thesis in an understandable form to specialist and general audiences
  • account for ethical and research integrity norms and principles relevant to sustainability related research

Required Previous Knowledge

SDG310, SDG311 and SDG312

Access to the Course

The course is open to students enrolled in the Master programme in sustainability at the University of Bergen.

Teaching and learning methods

The students will attend 5-10 seminars (10-20 hours) each semester. The seminar sessions will include: 1) project description taking into account topics from mandatory and elective courses; 2) research preparations; 3) after the research.

Students will receive supervision for their work on their Master's thesis from members of the teaching staff, covering both mandatory and specialization topics. A supervision contract outlining the rights and responsibilities of the student, the supervisors, and the department administration is signed by all the parties.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Participation at seminars (minimum attendance 75 %). Participation entails: presentation of own thesis and student peer review of works of others. 

Forms of Assessment

Submission of the Master's thesis (60 - 110 pages, requirements may vary depending on field of specialisation), and subsequent oral examination.

The subject for discussion at the oral examination is the student's Master's thesis. Following oral examination, the final grade for the Master's thesis may be adjusted up or down by one on the grading scale.

Grading Scale


Assessment Semester

Autumn and spring

Reading List


Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated in accordance with the quality assurance system of the University of Bergen.

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Master's thesis and adjusting oral examination

    Examination system
    Digital exam
    • Exam part: Master's thesis

      Examination system
      Digital exam
    • Exam part: Adjusting oral examination

      Examination system
      Digital exam