AANK16014U Master's Thesis
Board of Studies, Department of Anthropology
The thesis is written on the basis of empirical data collated by the students during their fieldwork.
In the master's thesis the student must demonstrate that she/he can formulate an examine an anthropological problem on the basis of fieldwork material, and regional, methodological and theoretical knowledge.
This means that the student can:
- demonstrate empirical knowledge of the examined field
demonstrate regional, methodological, and theoretical knowledge based on the chosen literature
- produce a clear and relevant problem statement
- analyze the empirical material by using relevant anthropological literature
- construct a relevant and well argued answer to the problem statement
- discuss the empirical material and the chosen analytical terms and/or theories in relation to one another.
- reflect critically on the empirical material in terms of the conditions and limitations of the fieldwork and the chosen methods
- consider the generaliseability of the fieldwork and relevant regional, thematic, and theoretical literature
- communicate and argue in a anthropologically relevant and convincing manner
Students are also entitled to limited supervisor guidance in connection with drawing up the obligatory thesis contract in preparation for writing the thesis. This contact will often be in form of mail or shorter talks and will correspond to approx. 20 minutes.
The supervision can be either individual supervisi on or individual supervision in groups. Supervision in groups consists of students assigned to the same supervisor, typically 2 to 3 students. The students will usually have a common thematic or theoretical interest in their projects. The basic idea is that the students receive individual supervision in turns, and that the other students will learn from listening to comments that relate to fellow students' work. Individual supervision in groups will extend the meetings by 45minutes x 2.
It is still possible for students to receive individual supervision without being in a supervision group, if students or teachers so prefers. However individual supervision without a supervision group can mean that you will not get the supervisor for whom you have applied.
Students must sign a thesis contract in order to begin the thesis writing process. You can read about signing the thesis contract here. The deadline for filling in the thesis contract is:
1 May for autumn semester, starting your thesis on 30 June
1 October for spring semester, starting your thesis on 30 November.
- 30 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written assignment, see belowOral defence, see below under invigilationThe oral defence of the thesis will take place after the written thesis has been submitted and is structured as a dialogue between the examinee, the internal assessor and the external examiner. The student begins the defence with an introduction of five to ten minutes. The subsequent dialogue is based on the examined thesis and will include a general anthropological discussion.
Length of oral examination: 45 minutes for one student. For groups of two student the oral exam is 60 minutes. For groups of three students the oral exam is 70 minutes.
- Exam registration requirements
See exam rules in curriculum
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- External censorship
Failure to submit the thesis by the deadline stipulated, will count as an examination attempt. The student must within 14 days submit a 2. thesis contract, which is a condition for continued enrollment at the MSc. A new deadline is stipulated 3 months after the approval of the 2. thesis contract. If the student does not deliver the thesis within this deadline, a third attempt may be granted, according to the same rules that stipulated the second attempt.
Criteria for exam assesment
See description of learning outcome. Formalities for Written Works must be fulfilled, read more: MSc Students