Course code M60-RAD

M60-RAD Master's Thesis

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Course responsible: Mona Henriksen
Teachers: Per-Fredrik Rønneberg Nordhov, Lindis Skipperud
ECTS credits: 60
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
The master thesis is written during one year. The thesis is delivered according to guidelines in either May or December.
Course frequency: Annually.
First time: Study year 2014-2015
Last time: 2022V
Course contents:
Master students in Radioecology are required to write a 60 ECTS master thesis on a topic within the field of nuclear sources and impact on the environment, risk assessments and radiation protection. Topic suggestions for master thesis are found on the faculty's homepage. The master thesis is an extensive, independent academic work of one-year duration. It will include field and laboratory work, and data processing and analyses. The master thesis will be structured accordingly to academic standards. The student is supervised in this work.
Learning outcome:
When completed a 60 ECTS credit master thesis the student will have obtained advanced knowledge about radioecology, nuclear sources and behaviour of radionuclides in the environment as well as relevant scientific theories and methods. The student will have obtained skills in impact and risk assessment, and radiation protection. The student can find and deal critically with various sources of information, formulate scholarly arguments, and to analyse and use relevant field and laboratory methods. Further, the student will have gained skills in an independent limited research with practical and theoretical problems in accordance with applicable norms for research ethics. Under supervision, the student has by accomplishing an independent work and presentation of the thesis, gained general competence of applying his/her knowledge and skills in new areas, and communicate about academic issues.
Learning activities:
The student undertakes research which will result in a scientific report (master thesis).
Teaching support:
Guidelines, deadlines, useful links and topic suggestions for master thesis are found on the faculty's homepage (https://www.nmbu.no/en/faculty/mina/for-our-students/node/29757). Information about choice of thesis topic, the writing process, deadlines and guidelines are presented for the students during the first year. The student is recommended to use available courses and information from the University Library and Skrivesenteret (writing centre) at NMBU. Each student is entitled to 80 hours of supervision from a supervisor with competence in the subject (includes supervisor's time to evaluate the thesis).
Syllabus:
Based on independent search for literature and discussions with supervisors.
Prerequisites:
Solid knowledge within the subject of the thesis.
Recommended prerequisites:
KJM350, KJM351 and MINA310.
Mandatory activity:
A contract between the student and the supervisor(s), including a time plan, should be delivered to the faculty before the work with the master thesis canstart. Participation on RAD's master-day seminar in February/March with presentation of thesis statement and preliminary results.
Assessment:
The master thesis is completed with an oral examination which should be undertaken within 6 weeks from delivery of the thesis. At the examination, the student will give a 20-30 minutes long presentation of the work, followed by questions from the external examiner and supervisor (45-90 minutes). The outcome of the oral examination (presentation/discussion/answers) can impact the final grade of the thesis. The grading follows a national system for studies in mathematics, science and technology. Grading scale A-F.
Nominal workload:
1500 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Master students in Radioecology.
Type of course:
Supervision is undertaken based on agreements between the student and the supervisor(s).
Examiner:
The examination committee comprises an internal and an external examiner. The internal examiner is usually the supervisor.
Examination details: :