Research Distinction

Are you curious about taking a PhD or interested in more research-oriented work both at NHH and later in your career?

To give students a greater opportunity to become familiar with research and earn a recognition for this, NHH has instituted a research distinction track (RDT) within the MSc programme.

Fulfilling the requirements will not only provide you with a particularly strong academic base for PhD-studies, but may also be useful for analytical occupations.

The RDT is not a programme in which a "degree" (e.g. Master's) is granted. Recognition of completion of the research distinction requirements will be noted on your diploma.

Guidelines

The RDT is open to all full-time master students enrolled in the degree MSc in Economics and Business Administration and can be combined with any of its majors.

Requirements

You must complete a minimum of four RDT courses (30 ECTS). You can select your RDT courses both within your major or your electives.

PhD courses can be accepted as RDT courses. Interested students must submit an application to opptak@nhh.no for the approval of PhD courses as part of the RDT. The maximum number of PhD credits is 15 ECTS.

You can read more about approval of PhD courses as part of the MSc in “Curriculum for the Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration programme” (see “PhD courses as part of the MSc”).

All four RDT courses must be completed with a minimum grade of "B".

A grade requirement of at least B applies for PhD courses too. (“Pass” for courses where the grade scale is pass-fail.)

Your overall grade point average for the entire master's degree must be at least 4.0 (A=5, B=4, etc.).

Your master’s thesis should have a strong emphasis on research with a goal to produce work that is publishable in a journal or presented at a conference. You are encouraged to write in English. You must be supervised by NHH faculty, submit on time, and receive a grade of at least ”B”.

List of approved RDT courses

DECLARATION OF PARTICIPATION

Simply declare your participation for the Research Distinction Track. The information will among other be used when assigning a thesis supervisor.

Register

Exchange

To facilitate exchange during your master programme, you may seek pre-approval to use a course corresponding to 7.5 ECTS from an NHH exchange institution in place of an RDT course. However, at least three courses must be from the RDT course list.

Double Degree Programme

Students enrolled in the double degree programme with NHH as home institution may seek pre-approval to use a course corresponding to 7.5 ECTS from the host institution in place of an RDT course. However, at least three courses must be from the RDT course list at NHH.

We recommend students to take all four RDT courses at NHH. If you still want to use a course from the host institution in place of an RDT course at NHH, you have to send the course description to double-degree@nhh.no.

For students writing their master thesis at the host institution the following adjustments to the rules apply:

  • To ensure that the master thesis has a sufficiently strong emphasis on research with a goal to produce work that is publishable in a journal or can be presented at a conference you must apply for approval of the completed thesis when the examination results has been announced. Send an application to double-degree@nhh.no.
  • To submit on time, you must abide by the host intuition’s deadline for submission
  • You are exempt from the requirement of being supervised by NHH faculty