First year as a master's student: Introductory weeks and deadlines
During the first year as a master's student, you will participate in two separate weeks of intensive teaching called introductory weeks (masteruker). You must also submit a study plan agreement.
Start of studies
The week before regular classes start, there will be an introductory week for all new master's students. You will attend lectures in ethics and research methods as well as an orientation meeting for your study programme. The schedule for the introductory week will be made available in advance.
Read more about start of studies for new master's students.
During the first semester, you will find a supervisor and outline the subject for your master's thesis. In September and October of the first semester, the research groups at the department and our closest partners will have separate information meetings where supervisors present available research projects.
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December 1st: Deadline for submitting your study plan agreement
This applies to all master's students in the first year, with the exception of students enrolled in the study programme Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management. The study plan agreement must be approved by your supervisor and must include a plan for which courses you will take and a progress plan. If you are writing a long thesis (60 ECTs), you must also attach a project description.
Read more about the study plan agreement.
In January, before the regular lectures starts, there will be another introductory week of mandatory classes. This week the main focus will be on how to write a thesis, and there will be lectures ranging from writing technique to formatting large documents.
During your second semester, all master's students who are writing a long thesis (60 ECTs) must to write an essay.
The essay is intended to support and prepare you to start writing your master’s thesis. The essay is assessed by your supervisor with the grade scale pass/fail.
Your supervisor will assist you in finding a topic for the essay. It could be related to your master's thesis and is usually a discussion of the topics from at least two different scientific articles or books, and a personal assessment. The essay should be at least 10 pages, maximum 15 pages.
You may hand in a draft/first version, and get feedback for correction. The deadline for submitting the final version of the essay is by the end of the semester after you were admitted to the master's programme. The administration needs feedback from your supervisor in regards to pass/fail of the essay. You need to get a pass on the essay by at the latest at the start of your second semester of writing the thesis.