Level of Study
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 problem related to sustainability. The other parts of the course shall lead up to the master thesis, providing the tools and insights needed for the student to independently and critically develop a research design.
The research problem shall fall within the scope of one of the three specializations of the program, and make active use of mandatory and elective course topics and methods. The research design shall be developed by the student, under supervision from course instructors. Work on the thesis shall be accompanied by a 10 credits course that reiterates key learnings from the core course modules, and helps the student to apply it to the student¿s own project.
On completion of this course the students should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
- has chosen a select sustainability subject, and provide written (thesis) and oral accounts of this subject.
- can account for main topics of the relevant sustainability literature, in oral and written form
- has completed the main academic requirements and components of a Master¿s thesis
The student can:
- develop a research question on a subject relating to sustainability and interdisciplinarity
- plan, design and carry out a research project, and provide a written account thereof (as academic thesis or practical report)
- discuss other approaches to the subject, and reflect on the advantages and limitations of the students chosen approach
- discuss and reflect on the institutional and societal dimensions of the thesis subject
The student can:
- carry out an independent research project following appropriate research methodologies and in accordance with applicable norms for research
- communicate the problems dealt with in the thesis in an understandable form to specialist and general audiences.
Required Previous Knowledge
The compulsory and elective courses must be completed.
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
Supervision from members of the teaching staff, covering both mandatory and specialization topics.
Group supervision and student peer review during mandatory seminars
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Attendance and participation at Master¿s seminar in both semesters (minimum attendance 80 %). Participation entails: presentation of own thesis and student peer review of works of others. The seminar is bi-weekly and has the following component: project description taking into account topics from mandatory and elective courses. Students receive supervision for their work on their Master's thesis. A supervision contract outlining the rights and responsibilities of the student is signed by the student, supervisors, and department administration.
Forms of Assessment
Master¿s thesis (60 - 110 pages, requirements may vary depending on field of spezalisation).
Autumn and spring
The course will be evaluated in accordance with the quality assurance system of the University of Bergen.
The Program Board is responsible for the academic content and structure of the study program, and for the quality of all the subjects therein.
Program board for the Master's Program in Sustainability
The Center for the study of the sciences and humanities (Senter for vitskapstori, SVT) is administratively responsible for the program.