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Postgraduate course

Praksisbasert masteroppgave

  • ECTS credits30
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeSDG351
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish or Norwegian
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Level of Study


Teaching semester


Objectives and Content

The objective of the Master¿s thesis is for the student to develop knowledge of and first-hand experience with interdisciplinary problem-solving related to sustainability.

The student must have completed the course SDG349 Internship, with the internship as basis for the master thesis. In the thesis, the student will provide a detailed account of the aims and objectives of the internship period, as well as observations and experience gathered during the internship, and systematically discuss and reflect on the problem-solving approach, applying relevant research literature.

The design and methodological approach of the thesis shall be developed by the student together with the supervisors. 

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 relevant for a particular internship-based case study, and apply concepts, knowledge and theory of sustainability and interdisciplinarity to that area
  • consult and apply relevant research literature in the analysis of a sustainability project


The student can:

  • design and carry out the writing of a project report of high quality according to appropriate methodological and ethical standards
  • discuss strengths and limitations of the student¿s chosen (inter)disciplinary, methodological and conceptual approach in relation to other possible approaches and perspectives
  • discuss and reflect on the institutional and societal dimensions of the thesis subject

General Competencies

The student can:

  • communicate the issues 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, SDG312 and SDG349

Recommended Previous Knowledge


Access to the Course

The course is open to students enrolled in the Master's 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 75 % attendance). Participation entails: presentation of own thesis and student peer review of works of others. 

Forms of Assessment

Submission of the Master's thesis (40 - 70 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


Course Evaluation

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