BARN3900 - Master Thesis

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Vurderingsordning: Masteroppgave og muntlig eksamen
Karakter: Bokstavkarakterer

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Vurderingsordning: Masteroppgave
Karakter: Bokstavkarakterer

Vurderingsform Vekting Varighet Hjelpemidler Delkarakter
Oppgave 100/100

Faglig innhold

Students will select a topic for the master's thesis, which must be an autonomous, scientific study based on concrete research questions related to children and childhood. The thesis should be 55-85 pages (Verdana 10, space 1.15). Usually, the thesis must include an empirical study that involves fieldwork. It is strongly recommended that the data collection should be completed by the middle of the 3rd semester (medio October). The students are recommended to use the summer between the 2nd and 3rd semester for data collection. The thesis is expected to be completed within four semesters from admission into the programme. Supervision will not be provided beyond this time.


- Develop in-depth knowledge of a self-selected topic related to childhood and/or children’s lives - Obtaining knowledge of the formal requirements and expectations of an academic text
- Training and experience in analyzing empirical fieldwork data, handling and structuring large amounts of information, and writing a scientific study related to children and childhood
- Training in developing the ability to make a connection between empirical material and conceptual/theoretical ideas
General competence:
- Can carry out comprehensive, ethical and independent empirical work
-Can handle and assess the quality of various forms of sources and information, and analyze as well as communicate research results in a clear and comprehensible manner.
Compulsory assignments:
- Submission and approval of project proposal, chapter drafts and supervision

Læringsformer og aktiviteter

Master thesis seminar series have two parts. The first part takes place prior to undertaking fieldwork in the second semester. It focuses on research design, choice of topics and formulation of research questions. Students will also get advice on ethical clearance and how to be prepared to undertake good empirical research. These seminars are obligatory and considered key aspects of developing the ideas for the master’s thesis and preparing for fieldwork. All students will be given individual supervision amounting to a total of 60 hours. Students will get a supervisor assigned during the second semester. Following fieldwork (in the 3 semester and 4 semester) the master’s thesis seminars focus on how to work with theory and data. Students will share and discuss their field experiences, the process of analysing and interpreting field data as well as how to produce academic text. They also receive tips and guidance on writing master’s thesis. Students’ participation in master thesis seminars enables them to develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills related to the process of writing their research. Students are required to present and discuss their thesis as they write it. They are expected to hand in chapter drafts to their supervisor throughout the writing period. All students must sign a master's thesis agreement in the second semester. The agreement regulates, among other things, the relationship between student and supervisor.

Obligatoriske aktiviteter

  • Submission of chapter drafts and supervision
  • Approved project description

Mer om vurdering

The exam consists of two parts; the master's thesis and an oral defence of the thesis. The oral examination is a conversation about the thesis between the candidate and the examiners. The final grade for the master's thesis may be adjusted after the oral examination.

Spesielle vilkår

Vurderingsmelding krever godkjent undervisningsmelding samme semester. Obligatorisk aktivitet fra tidligere semester kan godkjennes av instituttet.

Krever opptak til studieprogram:
Childhood Studies (MPCHILD)


Students must have passed courses that is equivalent of 30 credits in the study programme before starting the work on their master’s thesis. The courses include BARN3101 Social Studies of Children and Childhood, BARN3201 Methods and Ethics in Childhood Studies, and BARN3202 Methodological Perspectives on Child and Childhood Research.


Information will be given at the beginning of the semester.

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Versjon: 1
Studiepoeng:  60.0 SP
Studienivå: Høyere grads nivå


Termin nr.: 1
Undervises:  HØST 2020

Termin nr.: 2
Undervises:  VÅR 2021

Undervisningsspråk: Engelsk

Sted: Trondheim

  • Barndomsstudier
  • Samfunnsvitenskapelige fag

Ansvarlig enhet
Institutt for pedagogikk og livslang læring



Vurderingsordning: Masteroppgave og muntlig eksamen

Termin Statuskode Vurderings-form Vekting Hjelpemidler Dato Tid Digital eksamen Rom *
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Vår ORD Oppgave 100/100

Utlevering 10.05.2021

Innlevering 18.05.2021

Utlevering 09:00

Innlevering 15:00

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Vurderingsordning: Masteroppgave

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Innlevering 16.11.2020

Innlevering 15:00

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