M60-HV Master's Thesis

Credits (ECTS):60

Course responsible:Rasmus Bovbjerg Jensen

Campus / Online:Taught campus Ås

Course frequency:Annually

Nominal workload:1500 hours

Teaching and exam period:Autumn parallell and Spring parallell.

About this course

Master students in animal science are required to write a master thesis on a topic within the fields of breeding and genetics, molecular genetics, nutrition, feed technology or ethology. The research proposal must be discussed and approved by with the student's supervisor. The master thesis is an independent academic work. Independent gathering and analysis of data and correct use of sources are key elements of the dissertation. The student may also conduct fieldwork. The student is supervised in developing a research proposal.

Learning outcome


  • The student has advanced knowledge about a specific thematic area, relevant methods and theories


The student can:

  • work independently to identify and compare different sources in relation to a specific thematic area within animal science
  • structure the Thesis according to academic standards
  • present a research topic, including choice of methods, data collection and analysis
  • plan and carry out a project over a long timeframe of multiple months


  • The student will have insight into the different steps in a research process, including methodical and ethical considerations
  • If a fieldwork, and collection of primary data, has been completed, the student will have practical experience in comparing sources and collect data in the field, analyze and explain research results
  • The student will have experience in using feedback to process their own work, and are able to critically reflect over the results of the research and the Thesis process
  • Supervision: Each student is entitled to 80 hours of supervision (including the supervisor's share of the marking) for a 60 ECTS master thesis.
  • It is recommended that the students actively use the courses that the University Library, Writing Centre and other resources that NMBU offers.
  • Solid knowledge within the subject of the thesis.
  • One written thesis and oral discussion.

  • The degree thesis shall be graded by at least one external examiner and one internal examiner. The main supervisor is usually the internal examiner.
  • The student must submit a signed contract to the study administration at the faculty before he/her can start working on his/hers thesis.
  • Students at other master program at NMBU are welcome to do a thesis at BIOVIT.
  • Masterstudents at NMBUs master program.