Prerequisite courses for this course are: IM624E The Research Field of IMER (passed) and IM625E Theoretical Foundations of the IMER-field (passed) and IM626E Theory of Science and Research Methodology (passed) [or IM624L The Research Field of IMER (passed) and IM625L Theoretical Foundations of the IMER-field (passed)]
The course can normally be included in generell degree at advanced level.
The course content is in the form of a supervised project. Supervision is carried out on an individual as well as a group basis and includes seminar meetings.
After finishing the course, the student shall:
• display an ability to integrate knowledge critically and systematically, and to analyse, evaluate and handle complex issues and situations, even when in possession of limited information;
• display an ability to independently postulate the thesis on basis of diverse scientific perspectives; as well as to identify the complexity of the issue and work, in line with strict scientific research procedure;
• demonstrate their acquired knowledge by means of an independent academic thesis that is literate and utilises a consistent and correct referencing system, and shows the ability to analyse and evaluate scientific information and
• display an ability to communicate the results of their own work, and provide constructive criticism on the results of others, both orally and in writing.
The course consists of a 15-credit project work in form of a thesis. The project work is supervised. Supervision is conducted on an individual basis and includes seminar meetings.
During the project work, teachers supervision is provided.
A student who has not finished the project work during the course, or has not received a passing grade on the project work at the end of the course cannot be guaranteed continued supervision.
Examination is in the form of a written thesis and a seminar wherein the student opposes another student’s thesis and defends his/her thesis.
Students who do not pass the regular course examinations have the minimum of two re-sit opportunities. Re-sits take the same form as the original exams.
Primary and secondary reading for the master’s thesis (one-year) is selected in cooperation with the supervisor.
All students are offered an opportunity to give oral or written feedback at the end of the course. The students are also given a possibility to offer feedback through the course council.