Writing and submitting your master's thesis

For students

What is a master's thesis?Illustration of the process with roadsigns saying prepare, write, finalize and submit

The master's thesis is independent work undertaken by the student under the guidance of academic staff as a finalization of a master's degree.

From preparation to submission

  1. Prepare - Agreements such as a master agreement must be completed and valid before you start writing. See "Information for your area of study" on this page.
  2. Write - See "Help with academic writing" further down the page.
  3. Finalize - Before the thesis is delivered, you should validate the pdf-file, and generate both a cover and a title page. This is also where you can order a printed version of your thesis. See "Finalizing the bachelor's and master's thesis" for details.
  4. Submit – At last, your completed thesis is to be submitted. See "Information for your area of study" on this page. If you are going to submit using the exam system Inspera Assessment, see "Digital home exam - for students" for guidance.
    See also information on archiving and publishing.

Information for your area of study

Here you will find information about routines for the master's agreement and submitting of the master's thesis.

Architecture and design

Humanities

Starting up

Submitting your thesis

Also check the course in Blackboard for any information.

Engineering/Technology

Starting up

Submitting your thesis

Also check the course in Blackboard for any information.

Medicine and health sciences

Science and computer science

Social and educational sciences

Starting up

Submitting your thesis

Also check the course in Blackboard for any information.

Economics and management

Writing guidelines

Guidelines for writing your thesis at NTNU Business school (Norwegian only). Applies to Master in management of technology, Master in economics and business administration, and Master of Public Administration.

Guidelines for writing your thesis at the Department of economics (Norwegian only, some agreement forms are in English). Applies to 2-year Master of science in economics, 2-year Master in financial economics, and 5-year Master of science in economics.

Printing, cover and logo

  • Department of industrial economics and technology management (IØT): The thesis is submitted digitally in Inspera Assessment where the submission works as for other digital exams at NTNU
  • Other departments at the Faculty of economics and management (ØK): Students use these templates:

Also check the course in Blackboard for any information.

Help with academic writing

The assignment is written under the guidance of a supervisor, who is an important resource in this work. The resource you have available will be stated in the Master's agreement.

Writing for a company/external organization?

Ethics and privacy

Grading and grades

If the master's thesis is considered not passed or F, a new or revised thesis with significant changes can be submitted for grading one more time.

Publishing and delayed publication

Plagiarism and cheating

Financial support and field work

There are various support schemes for those writing a thesis, and those doing field work (HSE, field card, insurance, visa etc.).