Special syllabus

A special syllabus is an assignment of elective size that is created on the student's own initiative.

Select topic and level

A special syllabus must be clearly within the faculty's area of expertise and teaching capacity. Two or more faculties can cooperate on a special syllabus, should this be necessary. The syllabus can be at bachelor (200), master (300) or doctorate level (400), and performed by a single student or a group. All special syllabuses at 200- and 300-level is assessed with A-F. Minimum size is 5 credits.

Before starting

Before a student begins a special syllabus, a contract must be signed between the student and the responsible faculty. The contract shall contain level, evaluation form, work schedule and responsibilities, both in terms of guidance in the written part of the thesis, and also for any laboratory work and syllabus size

NB! Please note that no more than two special sullabuses may be included in a degree. A two-year Master's degree may include up to 20 ECTS of special syllabuses.


At MINA, the approval of special syllabuses is delegated to the head of the teaching committee (SU), for syllabuses at 200- and 300-level, and the head of the research committee (FU) for syllabuses at 400 level.


1. Choose topic
2. Find a faculty member who has the expertise and is willing to be the supervisor of the task.
3. Write contract.
4. Get approval of head of UU (or possibly FU if the syllabus is at the 400 level).
5. Notify SiT for registration (before the deadline).
6. Do the work.
7. Deliver within the set deadline.

The form "Agreement on special syllabus" can be found here.

NMBUs regulations concerning studies can be found here.
Special syllabus is described in Chapter 21.

Published 9. December 2016 - 22:42 - Updated 26. June 2020 - 14:22