The master thesis is a minor research task (30 ECTS) and an important part of the specialization.
Choice of topic
The process of selecting your master’s thesis topic should start at least six months prior to the submission of the master thesis. The School of Economics and Business publishes the list of the suggested topics on the homepage here.
If two or more students wish to write their thesis together (in whole or in part), this must be approved by the department and/or education committee. Cooperation on a Master's thesis must be described in detail in the Master's thesis contract, which must specify each student's rights in the event of the cooperation being discontinued before the thesis is completed.
Information meeting about master thesis
The meeting will be held prior to the deadline for choosing the topic for the master thesis.
Choice of topic and allocation of supervisors
Students must apply for the supervisor by replying to the Questback survey. Supervisors are then allocated on the basis of submitted topics/issues by the students. It is assumed that students have completed around 90 ECTS, before the writing process begins.
Email with guidelines and Questback survey "Master thesis – application for supervisor" are sent to the NMBU student address.
If you are going to write master thesis in Spring semester, the deadline for application for supervisor is on the 1st of October.
If you are going to write master thesis in Autumn semester, then the deadline for application for supervisor is on the 1st of March.
Contract between the student (s) and supervisor (s) about master thesis and timetable for degree tasks
Before starting the work on the master thesis a more specific work plan / contract is prepared in collaboration with the supervisor. The contract shall be submitted by the 1st of December for those who will submit master thesis in Spring semester or on the 2nd of May for those who will submit their master thesis in the Autumn semester. It is possible to have two supervisors, however, the main supervisor must be employed in an academic position, as an adjunct professor or adjunct associate professor, at NMBU. In cases where there are several supervisors, each supervisor's responsibilities must be clearly specified in the agreement. Use the form Contract - thesis.
Registration in StudentWeb
You must register for the master’s thesis via StudentWeb as for any other course at Norwegian University of Life Sciences. The code is M30-ECON for students in the master programme in Economics. Registration/withdrawal deadline is: 15 September (for those who will submit their master thesis in the autumn semester) or 1 February (for those who will submit their master thesis in the Spring semester).
Master thesis seminar
Seminar for those who are writing their master thesis at the School of Economics and Business is held in the beginning of January. The seminar focuses on the methodological approaches with emphasis on data analysis, research design and use of literature. The seminar is part of supervision assigned for every master student and is considered to be mandatory.
Please read checklist for submission.