OPG5101 Master's Thesis

Course code: 
OPG5101
Course name in Norwegian Bokmål: 
Masteroppgave
Program of study: 
Master i militære studier
Credits: 
30
Level of study: 
Master
Teaching semester: 
2021 Autumn
2022 Spring
Assessment semester: 
2022 Spring
Language of instruction: 
Norwegian
Person in charge: 
Helge Danielsen
Course content

The master's thesis in military studies is an independent research project that meets the general requirements for scientific publishing. Military studies have an interdisciplinary foundation and a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary structure. The student is expected to contribute to this field of study by developing and presenting new insights into issues related to the military as a phenomenon, an institution and / or organization, based on research questions defined by the student individually.

The purpose of the master's thesis is that the students acquire the ability to plan, direct and carry out a research project from idea to publication, by their own practice, experience and reflection.

The master's thesis can be arranged as an empirical study, an evaluation project, an innovation / development work or as a theoretical work. Independent of main approach, the master's thesis must be based on a precisely formulated research problem followed by a justified choice of method. The research problem must be subjected to a critical systematic argumentation, as well as a reflection on the study's value for the field of military studies and the military itself.

Learning outcome

Knowledge
Through working on the master's thesis, the student acquires advanced knowledge of:

  • requirements for independent work within the field of research and development.
  • theoretical and methodological issues of particular relevance for the field of military studies, and of the relationship between these and (military) practice.
  • the field of military studies in general, and specialised knowledge of central issues, theories and methodological approaches regarding the topic of the master's thesis.

Skill
Through working on the master's thesis, the student acquires the following skills:

  • the ability to plan, direct and conduct a scholarly analysis with the objective of developing knowledge within the field of military studies
  • the ability to formulate precise research questions and to design smaller research projects
  • the ability to present the findings of a military study in accordance with scientific criteria and demands, and in line with established ethic norms

General competence

After finishing their thesis, students can

  • analyse relevant academic, professional and ethical issues and questions, both in a scholarly and in a professional context.
  • contribute to the reasessment of established knowledge and to innovation within their field of competence.
Working and learning activities

Identification of subject/ problem

All students must submit a form to the administration, where they state which subject/issue/problem they will write their thesis on. A tentative title for the master's thesis should also be given, and it is also possible to name a desired tutor for the project.  The program manager then approves the topic of the master's thesis and nominates a tutor later to be appointed by the dean. Final deadlines and a more detailed schedule are provided by the administration at the beginning of the first semester.

Format

The master's thesis in military studies is to be submitted in one of two different formats:

• Monographic thesis. This format constitutes a continuous overall written work. The monograph can range from 17,000 to 25,000 words. Cover page, table of contents, literature list, footnotes (if relevant), tables, illustrations and any attachments are not included in this scope limit.
• Article-based dissertation. This format consists of two separate documents; one is an article draft that satisfies the requirements for publication in a recognized and relevant scientific journal, the other is a an introductory document  that elaborates on the article's academic position, its empirical and/or theoretical foundations, and the dissertation's methodological and ethical foundations. Other issues of relevance to the dissertation can also be addressed in this document. The article may have a range of 5,000 - 10,000 words depending on the journal in question. The introductory document has a size limit of 12,000 - 15,000 words.

The choice of format is decided in collaboration with the supervisor,  after the project plan has been approved.

Tutoring

Tutoring of the master's thesis is mandatory, and the students sign a written, binding supervision agreement with the tutor and FHS. The student is entitled to up to 30 hours of tutoring. The total tutoring time includes reading / written commentary on the assignment, other preparations, as well as up to 10 hours of direct student contact.

Language

The master's thesis can be written in Norwegian, English, Swedish or Danish. If the thesis is written in a language other than Norwegian, linguistic and stylistic conditions are assessed in relation to the expected standard at a school in the country in question.

Period

One year of study (August-May) is set for work on the master's thesis. The students enter into a written, binding education contract with their home department which ensures a specific study progression for the work on the master's thesis this year.

There is only one submission deadline per year, usually in May. The thesis must be delivered electronically in PDF format to the student administration. The study administration will issue its own guidelines describing the submission procedure and censorship.

Publication

Unless the candidate has made a reservation, the thesis is resolved claused or it is graded according to. the Security Act, the Master's thesis will be published in full text format on the FHS Library's web site.

Sensor system

The sensor system is in accordance with the Act relating to universities and university colleges, and with regulations on admission, studies and examinations at the Norwegian Defence University College. Each commission shall consist of two sensors, one internal and one external.

Form of assessmentGroupingDurationType of durationGrading scaleProportionOral examinationCommentSupported materials
MasteroppgaveIndividual2SemestersA-F 100%Not requiredThe master's thesis concludes with the submission of the dissertation and an oral examination. The dissertation must be passed before the student is allowed to prepare for the final oral examination. Oral examination is a "defense" of one's dissertation. The oral examination starts with the candidate / student presenting his / her work. An oral interview is then conducted based on the thesis and the student's presentation of their work. Pages in the dissertation / presentation that may be affected are questions related to issues, assignment structure, theoretical frameworks, method choices, findings, relevance, significance, etc. In the evaluation of the dissertation, a graded grade scale is used with five steps from A to E for passing and F for failing. One overall grade is given where the oral exam can adjust the grade up to one step up or down.
Muntlig eksamenIndividual30MinutesA-F Required
Vurderinger:
Form of assessment:Masteroppgave
Grouping:Individual
Duration:2
Type of duration:Semesters
Grading scale:A-F
Proportion: 100%
Oral examination:Not required
Comment:The master's thesis concludes with the submission of the dissertation and an oral examination. The dissertation must be passed before the student is allowed to prepare for the final oral examination. Oral examination is a "defense" of one's dissertation. The oral examination starts with the candidate / student presenting his / her work. An oral interview is then conducted based on the thesis and the student's presentation of their work. Pages in the dissertation / presentation that may be affected are questions related to issues, assignment structure, theoretical frameworks, method choices, findings, relevance, significance, etc. In the evaluation of the dissertation, a graded grade scale is used with five steps from A to E for passing and F for failing. One overall grade is given where the oral exam can adjust the grade up to one step up or down.
Supported materials:
Form of assessment:Muntlig eksamen
Grouping:Individual
Duration:30
Type of duration:Minutes
Grading scale:A-F
Proportion:
Oral examination:Required
Comment:
Supported materials: