This article was co-authored by Christopher Taylor, PhD. Christopher Taylor is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at Austin Community College in Texas. He received his PhD in English Literature and Medieval Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014.
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Thesis: The Master’s thesis should reveal that the candidate is able to work in a scholarly manner and is acquainted with major issues and published research on the subject of the thesis. It must make an original contribution to legal scholarship. A good thesis is thoroughly researched, demonstrates rigorous critical thinking and analysis, presents a detailed methodology and accurate results, and includes thorough verification of knowledge claims. The thesis should be between 20,000 and 25,000 words and may not exceed 35,000 words in length (approximately 100-130 pages). It must be of publishable quality and must satisfy a jury of at least two members appointed by the Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies in Law and approved by the Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
Research Paper: The research paper is shorter than a thesis and consists of extensive research and a strict methodology. The student must show the ability to work independently in a scholarly manner, just as with a thesis. The paper should offer something original or useful in the field of research it relates to. The finished paper should be between 10,000 and 15,000 words in length (approximately 50-60 pages). The paper will be evaluated on a “Satisfactory/Not-Satisfactory” basis by the research paper supervisor and the second evaluator, suggested by the supervisor.
In the second academic year students work on a thesis in molecular medicine. The master’s thesis could have a basal or a medical direction. It should have a scientific composition and be founded on applicable theory and literature within the chosen topic.
A primary supervisor is chosen among the scientific staff at NTNU. The wide range of research expertise among faculty members, and close interaction with clinical environments at St. Olav’s Hospital, mean that the standard of thesis projects is very high and there are opportunities to cover a large variety of subjects.
The following information will guide you in preparing and submitting your thesis. All Master’s Degree Plan A students should review all of the following sections:
- Submit your thesis through Open Commons, the university’s institutional repository.
- Your electronically submitted thesis will be reviewed by the Office of the Registrar administrator for format compliance and you will receive notification if any revisions need to be made. It is recommended to use an unsigned, properly formatted Approval Page in the electronic submission of your thesis.
- Accepted theses may be posted immediately as submitted, unless the submitting author requests otherwise. No revisions are permitted once accepted by the Office of the Registrar Administrator.
- We recommend that you use your full legal name on the title page and on the approval page.
- Effective May 9, 2016 a printed copy of your thesis is no longer required to be submitted to the Library.
- The Graduate School requires one signed original approval page printed on white paper along with the completed Thesis Submission Checklist, and the Report on the Final Examination for the Master’s Degree.