The exam includes submission of an individual thesis within a set deadline, and an oral exam within 6 weeks if the submitted thesis is approved. The submission deadline is set in connection with approval of the supervision contract for the master thesis. The oral exam consists of a public presentation by the student of his/her work of at least 30 minutes in length with the examiners being present followed by an oral examination/conversation with the examiners about the project. One common grade will be given.
Grading scale: Letter grades A-E, F - Fail.
Re-submitting the thesis: Only if a master's project has been assigned the grade "F" (fail) can the project be resubmitted in revised or supplemented form. A new deadline for submission will be stipulated. For a 60 credit master project the deadline is a further 3 months from the point in time when the candidate was informed about the failed exam result. After a thesis has been failed twice application can be made to the Department programme board in order to get a new project assignment.
Postponed submission: If a medical certificate is provided the student is given a postponed deadline for submitting the master's thesis according to regulations in section 21 in Regulations for examinations at the UiT. If the project cannot be delivered within the specified time limit a three-month extension can be applied if there are compelling reasons for the application. The postponement of up to 3 months counts for both part-time and full-time students. The Department programme board can approve or reject the application.
Non-submission of thesis: If a project is not submitted within the stipulated time limit and any application for postponement has not been granted the candidate will be reported as not being present ("ikke møtt") at the examination. The student can then apply to the Department programme board for assignment of a new project.