Master Thesis Guidelines
Guidelines for Master's theses written at NHH.
The purpose of the thesis is to go in depth within one or several research question. You should be trained in thinking and working individually, developing analytic skills and getting a deeper understanding for the theoretical or empirical possibilities within a topic of your own choosing.
You should learn to make analysis and relate critically to different sources and use them to make structured and scientific reasoning within ethical norms. You should show understanding, reflection, and maturation.
Scope, themes, collaboration and language
The scope of the thesis should be equivalent to 30 ECTS per student. To the extent possible, two students should write together. You can look for a writing partner on Canvas. You must collaborate with a NHH student. We do not permit more than two students to collaborate. You must apply to write alone.
You should select a theme within your specialisation, and if you collaborate with a student with a different specialisation, the theme must satisfy both profiles. You should choose your own theme, define research questions, select the theoretical foundation and research methods. Your supervisor will approve your theme. If in doubt whether the theme satisfies the chosen major(s), the supervisor will confer with the relevant profile coordinator(s).
The deadline for signing up is 1 September and 1 February. You must have a right to study, and have paid the semester fee. The examination code is the short version of the specialisation name, +THE, e.g. BUSTHE.
Formal requirements and submission
You should submit the thesis within specific guidelines. Read more about this on the page called Submission and grading. Remember to write within our rules and regulations relating to use of sources and references, and further, in relation to cheating.
You have the right to receive supervision, and supervisor will be designated after you have applied for it. We refer to our page, Apply for Supervisor for more information.
If there is an issue relating to your supervision, you may apply the Dean for a change of supervisor. The application must be written by e-mail and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supervisor may also be released from the supervising relationship if you do not comply with your obligations, or if the relationship becomes problematic.
The supervisor and the students may contact the Department in cases where there are a significant change in the thesis theme, which require a change of supervisor.
Grade, Explanation and Appeal
Read more about your rights in the Act relating to Universities and University Colleges Section 5-3 (external link).
Normally, you will receive your grade within six weeks of submitting the thesis.
You have a right to ask for an explanation of the grade. You must ask your supervisor directly within one week after you have received your grade.
If you wish to appeal the grade, you should follow the regular procedures for appealing. For more information, we refer to our pages regarding Appeal of grade.