Master's Thesis in Public Administration
- ECTS credits
- Teaching semesters
- Autumn, Spring
- Course code
- Number of semesters
Objectives and Content
In writing the thesis you are required to pursue independent scientific work and presentation.
The Master's Thesis shall explore a topic/issue which is relevant to Administration and Organizational Science. It is required that the topic and research problem of the Master's Thesis takes its point of departure from the research activities of the Department. It is also required that you follow the research seminar as an integral part of your work with your master's thesis.
A student who has completed the course should have the following learning outcomes:
- has acquired advanced knowledge of conducting independent research based on empirical data collected by the student him/herself.
- is capable of independent and critical analysis and interpretation.
- can demonstrate skills about writing a scientific dissertation, developing relevant and logical arguments, and using various reference sources.
- can critically examine various sources of data and information.
- can ask scientific questions about social events and realities.
- can make decisions regarding choice of research theme and issue, theoretical and methodological approaches and tools, formulation and development of hypotheses and analysis of data.
Level of Study
Semester of Instruction
Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Access to the Course
Teaching and learning methods
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Forms of Assessment
Master's Thesis. The thesis must be submitted electronically.
The thesis must be from 80 - 120 pages long, excluding the title page, table of contents, references and all attachments. The department can grant permission to hand in a longer thesis, if there are extraordinary academic reasons for it. A well-reasoned application must be sent to the head of department.
The thesis can be submitted in English. It is also possible to submit in Norwegian, Swedish or Danish.
The Master's Thesis shall be submitted in the fourth semester and the fixed date is June 1st in the spring semester and December 1st in the fall semester. Submitting on a different date may be granted based on individual application.
Students with valid absence as defined in the UiB regulations § 5-5 can apply for an extended submission deadline to Studieveileder.email@example.com. The application must be submitted before the deadline for submission has expired. A maximum of 14 days can be granted.