spring 2021
MAT-3900 Master's Thesis in Mathematics - 60 ECTS

Type of course

Master's thesis for students enrolled in the Master's degree program in mathematics.

Course content

Thesis for master students in mathematics. The professional content will depend on the field of study and the profile of the chosen thesis. Contact the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

Objectives of the course

Knowledge - The candidate:

  • has a solid basis in mathematical sciences
  • has advanced knowledge of theory and methods in the special theme treated
  • can apply knowledge on new areas of research
  • good knowledge of scientific method

Skills - The candidate:

  • is able to use necessary programming tools and advanced software for solving mathematical problems numerically
  • is able to work independently with problem solving following scientific method
  • can evaluate and analyse published theories and methods in mathematical literature

  General competences - The candidate:

  • displays good communication skills, oral and written, in the presentation of scientific work for both the general public and for the specialists in the field
  • displays good working habits and follows the code of ethics in scientific work
  • is able to continue a career within research, teaching, production, development and technical professions in the society
  • can produce a well-structured presentation of an extensive independent scientific work
  • can carry out an independent, limited research or development project under supervision in mathematics or related areas
  • can contribute to new thinking and innovation processes in the field of mathematics

Language of instruction and examination

The Master's thesis is written either in English or a Scandinavian language.

Teaching methods

Individual studies and supervision.


The exam is comprised of a submission of the master's thesis within a given deadline, a public presentation of the scientific work and an oral exam. The master's thesis and all courses included in the master's degree must be passed before the oral presentation and examination can take place. The deadline for submission is normally 15 May in the spring semester and 15 November in the autumn semester.

Grading scale: Letter grades A-F.

Re-submission of the thesis: Only if a master's thesis project is graded "F" (fail), may the thesis be resubmitted in revised form. A new deadline for submission will be given. The deadline for resubmitting the thesis is 3 months from the point in time when the candidate was informed about the exam result. If the thesis receives a grade of "F" a second time, the student can apply to the Programme Board for a new master's thesis project.

Postponed submission: If a medical certificate is provided, the student may be given a postponed deadline for submitting the Master's thesis according to regulations in section 21 of Regulations for examinations at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. In the case where the Master's thesis cannot be handed in by the given deadline, the student can apply for a postponement of up to 6 weeks if there are compelling grounds for the delay. The postponement of up to 6 weeks counts for both part-time and full-time students.

Non-submission of thesis: If a Master's thesis is not submitted within the given deadline and application for postponement has not been granted, the thesis will be reported as not being submitted ("Ikke møtt") at the examination. Also, if the candidate submits a blank answer paper, or a paper which clearly does not constitute an academic attempt, she/he is also regarded as having withdrawn from the examination ("Ikke møtt"). The student can then apply to the Programme Board for a new Master's thesis project.

For further details see: - Utfyllende bestemmelser for toårig mastergrad (120 studiepoeng) ved Fakultet for naturvitenskap og teknologi (only in Norwegian) - Regulations for examinations at the University of Tromsø

  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 60
  • Course code: MAT-3900
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