Masters Thesis at the Department of Chemistry

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The information on this site is for the following Master’s programmes at the Department of Chemistry:

2-year Master in Chemistry (MSCHEM)

2-year Master in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry – Specialisation: Environmental Chemistry (MSENVITOX)

Both master’s programmes comprise of a Master’s thesis (60 ECTS credits), and compulsory and elective courses (60 ECTS credits).

Introduction week (week 34) #

As a new master student at the Department of Chemistry, we have an introduction week in week 34. You will get a link to the Introduction week program in approx. week 32.

In this week you must attend two compulsory HSE-courses. One is given by the NT-Faculty, where you also have to register for the course HMS0003 in StudentWeb, and one is given by the Department of Chemistry.

These courses are given on two separate days, so make sure you attend both of them.

The department specific course is divided into two parts, one gives information about HSE and one about our Instrument park.

Introduction week 2017

Presentation Monday 21 August 2017

Master’s Thesis #

Link: General information; “Writing your Master’s Thesis at NTNU”

Supervisor #

As a master student it is your responsibility to find a project and a supervisor. Your academic supervisor must be employed at NTNU as a professor, professor II or an associate professor from the Department of Chemistry.

Master's thesis proposals #

Suggestions on what you can work with on your master's thesis and what kind of research the different research groups at the department are working on can be found here:

Master's thesis proposals for the academic year 2017-2018 (for MSCHEM, MSENVITOX, MTKJ/MIKJ, MLREAL)

You can read more about the research at the Department of Chemistry here.

Master’s Agreement #

After finding a supervisor and a project, you have to register a Master’s Agreement that both you and your supervisor sign. You will be able to register your Master’s Agreement yourself in DAIM ( The agreement is often done in collaboration with your supervisor, who can help you with selecting courses and outlining resource demands, and must include:

  • Courses you are planning to take during your Master’s (1)
  • Use of resources (1)
  • Project description - can be delivered on a separat paper
  • Risk assessment (2)

(1) Can be written in after the master's agreement has been printed.

(2) Not necessary as an attachment. Is received and approved digitally by the departments HSE-coordinator, see risk assessment below.

Deadline for delivering your Master’s Agreement to the Student adviser at Department of Chemistry is October 15th. This has to include the agreement form from DAIM, project description, planned courses and use of resources. The Master’s Agreement has to be approved by the department before you start working on your project.

Example master's agreement  (in English)

Use of Resources #

Information about costs for lab equipment, literature, chemicals etc. must be discussed with your supervisor and outlined in your Master’s Agreement in the section marked “Resources” (Norwegian: Ressursbruk). If your project doesn't have any specific needs, write that in this section.

Risk Assessment #

In consultation with your supervisor you have to make a digital risk assessment of your project by using this system. You will find guidelines of how to make a risk assessment here.

All questions related to the risk assessment should be appointed to HSE-coordinator at the department.

Note! Even if you have a completely theoretical master project, you have to deliver a risk assessment.

Master’s Thesis outside NTNU #

If you plan to write a master thesis that involves working with a company or organization outside of NTNU, you need to sign an agreement detailing what is involved in your work. You need to have/find a responsible supervisor at the department in addition to your external supervisor(s).

Printing of thesis #

The Department of Chemistry covers the printing cost for five thesis' (MSCHEM/MSENVITOX); student and examiners recieve one free copy each. The rest of the copies will be given to the academic supervisor(s). If the student wants several printed copies of the his/her thesis, this can be ordered at Skipnes Communication at the student's cost.

The moment you submit your master's thesis, i.e. press the "Send" button in DAIM, the .pdf file is sent for printing at Skipnes Communication. The Master's thesis will normally be printed 3- 5 days, and then sent to the study advisor at the department. The student's copy can be picked up at the department, please contact the student adviser to have it sent by mail. The student adviser will mail printed copies of the thesis to the academic supervisor and examiner, respectively.

Publication of thesis - cooperation and confidenciality agreements #

As a general rule, Master's theses should be made available / published electronically through NTNU Open.

However, if the thesis is performed externally, cooperative external organizations or companies may demand that you enter into a cooperation and/or confidentiallity agreement, see link on Cooperation and Confidentiality for more information.

Registering options on publishing and confidentiality is done in DAIM.

Presentation of your Master’s Assignment #

Approximately one month after you have delivered your master thesis, you have to present it for your supervisor, external and internal examiners, and others that might be interested in your project.

Time and location for your presentation is determined in collaboration with your supervisor and examiner, and is announced at the following link:

The presentation should last in approx. 30 minutes, and should give the listener a scope of your work. Supervisor, examiner and other attendants can ask you questions after the presentation. After finishing your presentation, you have to have a master’s defence (conversation on the research assignment). Only supervisor, examiners and you are allowed to attend. This defence will give the examiners a possibility to clarify potential questions to your assignment, and give you the possibility to explain them.

Courses #

During your time as a master student, you have to pass exams in courses corresponding to 60 ECTS credits in addition to your Master’s Thesis. At least 30 ECTS credits have to be 3000-level courses (master level, UTF§14.1). A maximum of 22.5 ECTS credits can be 2000-level courses. Basic and introductory courses, as well as Norwegian course(s) cannot be included as master courses.

Compulsory courses for both programmes are KJ3091- Special Syllabus for Master’s Degree and Experts in Teamwork. Elective courses are chosen in collaboration with your supervisor, and must be included as a part of the course plan in your Master’s Agreement.

If you want to change one or more of your elective courses in your Master's Agreement after it is delivered, you have to send a short application to the student adviser, signed by both you and your supervisor, where you state which course you want to remove and which course you want to add.

Compulsory and elective courses #

Compulsory courses are given in your study plan, and must also be included in your Master’s Agreement. Check the link below for the study plan belonging to your study programme:

Master in Chemistry (MSCHEM)

Master in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (MSENVITOX)

Even though you are accepted to one of the programmes mentioned above, you have to register for exams and lectures in StudentWeb before September 15th (fall semester) and February 1st (spring semester). Be aware that some courses have limited admission and therefore an earlier deadline for course registration: 1. December for courses in the spring semester and 1. June for courses in the autumn semester. This will be mentioned in the course description.

Special Syllabus for Master’s Degree #

Examination in Special Syllabus, KJ3091, KJ3092 (7.5 ECTS credits) or KJ3093 (10 ECTS credits) have to take place either before the presentation of the thesis, or in relation to the presentation. The content of the Special Syllabus is often chosen by your supervisor, but you may also give additions to its content. It is important to emphasise that the Special Syllabus should NOT be a central part of your master thesis, but more of an overviewing character. The Special Syllabus should be approximately 250 pages (for 7.5 ECTS credits) excluded references, and must be approved by the department before it is used. The number of pages might vary on the content of each page; Many figures/pictures etc. The Special Syllabus (KJ3091 or KJ3093) can be arranged at the same day as the final master exam or within two weeks before the final master exam. Date for the exam in the Special Syllabus is determined by supervisor and examiner.

If your special syllabus needs to be approved, you can use this form (English)

Note! Examination arrangement for Special Syllabus: Oral examination.

Miscellaneous #

Your own reading space #

As a master student at the Department of Chemistry, you can get your own reading space in either E2-132 Demokrit or A1-142 (near Sit Kafe Realfag).

To apply for a reading space you send an email to the student representatives at by the end of week 34. Include the follwing information:

  • Name
  • Program of study and specialization
  • What semester you started and plans to finish your degree
  • Email

Students who plan to write their master's thesis in the current academic year will be prioritised in the allocation.

Applications received after week 34 will be registered in the ordinary waiting list, and reading spaces that become available during the year will be assigned consecutively.

Submission form /Norwegian "Innleveringsskjema" #

After you have submitted your master thesis and have had the final exam/defence, you have to deliver the submission form you get from DAIM. You print this form yourself, and visit various offices at NTNU to deliver keys, deactivate your access card, sign off your study desk etc. This form must be delivered to the Student adviser at the department.

NB! Wait to do this until you are entirely finished, or else you lose access to reading rooms, student email etc.

Contact information #

If you have any questions related to the master’s programme in chemistry or environmental chemistry, reading spaces or other issues, you may contact:

Aina Sæterli, Student adviser at the Department of Chemistry


Q: I’m enrolled in the 2-year Master’s programme in Chemistry and I’m wondering what I should set as my start date in the Master’s Agreement so I get correct deadline?
A: If you e.g. got accepted to the programme fall 2017, you should set the first day on the programme as starting date. The deadline for both 2-year Master in Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry will automatically be set to May 15th 201X. If you write August 20th or September 25th, the deadline will be the same.

Q: I forgot to register for the exam in KJ3091- Special Syllabus before the deadline, what do I do?
A: Contact the student adviser at the department.

Q: When I registered for my Master’s Thesis in StudentWeb, it divided itself on several semesters, and it seems like my deadline is spring 2019, not 2018. What do I do?
A: Don’t worry, this is normal. Since the thesis comprise of 60 ECTS credits, it will divide itself over four semesters from the semester you register the master thesis. Your deadline will be the same as the one you got in DAIM. 

Q: When I register for my master's thesis in StudentWeb it divide itself in 15 credits each semester, and I only need to have 7.5 credits thesis my first semester because I want to take 3 courses. Can you fix this? Does it matter?
A: It does not matter how your master's thesis divide itself on studentweb. You just have to make sure that you are registered for class and exam for the courses you want to take that semester, and have discussed these with your supervisor.

If anything on this page is outdated or wrong, please notify the Student adviser at the Department of Chemistry so that it can be corrected.

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