Writing your master's thesis at IFI
You will determine your thesis topic in cooperation with your supervisor.
The different programs offer both short and long theses, though some only offer one or the other. Check the program pages for further information.
How to find a thesis topic
You are expected to pick your courses, the topic of your thesis and your supervisor during your first semester. Information meetings will be held in September and October every year, where the different research groups will present their research and available thesis topics. When you have found a topic and a supervisor, you will need to fill out your study plan agreement, and write a project description. The second introductory week (in January), is designed to help you get started with your thesis writing. During your second semester, you will be expected to write an essay.
Long thesis (60 credits)
A long thesis should be completed over two or three semesters, but work should begin during the second semester. The theoretical component of the study program consists off 60 credits, and should be completed within the first three semesters. You can choose a predefined thesis, or define your own thesis in collaboration with your supervisor or supervisors. You can also collaborate with other students.
A long thesis should be approximately 100 (+/- 20) pages.
The department has two set deadlines per year for delivery of a long master's thesis. If your thesis is not submitted within the deadline, and no application for an extension has been made, this will be considered a fail.
For more information, see deadlines for long master's thesis submission.
A short master's thesis should be completed in the last semester of your master's studies, after you have passed all your courses. You will be expected to work on your master's thesis for 17 weeks. The thesis has a set starting and completion date. See deadlines for short master's thesis submission.
If your thesis has not been submitted by the deadline, it will be considered a fail. Should you require a different starting date for your thesis, you and your supervisor can apply to the program board. Your submission deadline will be adjusted accordingly.
A short thesis should be approximately 70 (+/- 20) pages.
While working on your thesis, you should normally expect to get two hours of supervision per week.
Students who are taking fewer than thirty credits per semester, should not choose to write a short thesis.
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