OPG3302 Bachelor's thesis

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Course name in Norwegian Bokmål: 
Program of study: 
Bachelor i militære studier
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Teaching semester: 
2023 Spring
Assessment semester: 
2023 Spring
Person in charge: 
Henning Henry Sulen
Course content

The bachelor’s thesis is to give cadets the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired in service branch education. The thesis will provide experience in working with a problem-oriented assignment. The thesis is to provide training in completing a larger assignment alone or with a group. It is to give the cadets time to study in depth and work out solving theoretical, experimental or practical issues

Learning outcome


After completing the course, the cadet has:

  • knowledge on key themes, theories, issues, processes, tools and methods within his/her thesis area of investigation
  • knowledge of how the establishment and systematic implementation of projects take place within the nautical subject area


After completing the course, the cadet is able to:

  • apply his/her knowledge to identify, formulate, specify, plan and solve nautical issues in a systematic manner
  • find, evaluate and refer to information, subject matter and relevant results from research and development work and present this so that it sheds light on the issue in the project work
  • master relevant academic tools and forms of expression within the chosen topic
  • participate in the planning and implementation of smaller projects

General competences

After completing the course, the cadet has or is able to:

  • insight into relevant academic and work ethic issues in obtaining and processing information about and then presenting a topic in relation to nautical subjects
  • plan and carry out varied work tasks and projects that extend over time, alone and as part of a group, and in line with ethical requirements and guidelines
  • share key subject matter such as theories, problems and solutions in writing and orally
  • exchange views and experiences with others regarding the subject area
  • contribute to the development of good practice
  • contribute to new thinking and innovative processes
Working and learning activities

The bachelor's thesis is to be related to a nautical subject area or alternatively marine military operations where issues that affect the Navy is to be emphasised.

The bachelor's thesis starts with lectures on methods and practice with the teacher. The main part of the work takes place in semester VI, where the thesis topic is first approved and an academic supervisor is appointed. Cadets can suggest supervisors they believe are appropriate for their thesis. It is also possible to involve other relevant personnel in addition to the academic supervisor, for example crew members, statisticians, etc.


  • Six hours are set off on the schedule every week in semester 6, as well as two module weeks. The two modules weeks are completed the last two weeks before submission.
  • Suggestions for thesis topics and statements are submitted before the end of teaching week 1 in semester 6.
  • An academic supervisor is then appointed for each topic, and the cadets make the necessary corrections to the thesis topic and statement text.
  • The final thesis topic and statement is submitted for approval by the end of teaching week 3.
  • When the thesis topic and statement is approved, cadets are to arrange to meet with their academic supervisors. The thesis and the plan for completing the thesis are to be presented during teaching week 5.
  • The academic supervisor will follow the progress of the thesis in close dialogue with the leadership development supervisor towards the submission deadline.
  • The submission date and time will be written in the academic calender.
  • The bachelor's thesis will be presented in the last week of the semester. A poster describing the bachelor's thesis is to be submitted in the last week as well. The bachelor's thesis posters will hang on the walls as decoration at the closing ceremony.

Working methods

The school encourages the bachelor's thesis to be completed by groups of two cadets, but the thesis can also be completed independently.

The thesis can be a literature review, a theoretical analysis, an experimental or practical assignment using the school’s or the Navy's materials.

Working requirements

The submission of proposals for thesis topics as well as the final thesis topic submission must not exceed one page. The proposal shall contain (a) headline, (b) candidate's name, (c) overall description of the topic, (d) statement of the problem, (e) description of the nautical subject areas, or alternatively, the marine military operation’s relevance, (f) suggestions for academic supervisors and other relevant contacts and (g) a short list of literature considered relevant to the thesis.

The plan for completing the thesis is presented after the thesis topic and statement is approved.

The work is to be presented in writing in the form of a thesis.

The scope of the thesis for a cadet writing alone is to be between 5,000 and 8,000 words. Tables, figures, drawings, attachments and reference lists come in addition.

The scope of the task for two cadets writing together is to be between 8,000 and 12,000 words. Tables, figures, drawings, attachments and reference lists come in addition.

Posters for the bachelor's thesis are submitted after the date and time for the submission of the bachelor's thesis. 

An oral presentation of the bachelor's thesis lasting 15-30 minutes is given on the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy’s bachelor day. The bachelor’s thesis posters are hung on the walls in connection with bachelor day.

Sensor system

Examination is carried out according to the Regulations for Admission, Studies and Examinations (in Norwegian, “Forskrift om opptak, studier og eksamen”) at the Norwegian Defence University College.

Form of assessmentGroupingDurationType of durationGrading scaleProportionOral examinationCommentSupported materials
Bachelor thesisIndividual SemestersA-F100%Not requiredThe assessment is done according to "Character descriptions and assessment criteria for censorship of bachelor theses in engineering" approved by the National Council for Technology Education (NRT).
PraksisIndividual1SemestersPass / fail Not required
Form of assessment:Bachelor thesis
Type of duration:Semesters
Grading scale:A-F
Oral examination:Not required
Comment:The assessment is done according to "Character descriptions and assessment criteria for censorship of bachelor theses in engineering" approved by the National Council for Technology Education (NRT).
Supported materials:
Form of assessment:Praksis
Type of duration:Semesters
Grading scale:Pass / fail
Oral examination:Not required
Supported materials:
Approval signature: 
Henning Sulen