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Master's Degree Thesis in Accounting

The overarching aim of the course is to enable students to investigate a scholarly problem in the academic field of business administration, and to attempt a contribution to research in this area by utilizing relevant theory and social science methods.

The language of instruction is English.

  • Course structure

    The intended learning outcomes are based on the requirements on knowledge, skills and approach drawn up for the Master’s Degree in the System of Qualifications of the Higher Education Ordinance, supplement 2.

    Teaching format

    The course consists of seminars, individual supervision, and a significant portion of self-study. Your learning and performance is assessed continuously, throughout the different teaching and learning activities.

    The course workload comprises of 800 hours, equivalent to 30 ECTS (i.e. 40 hours per week equivalent to 1.5 ECTS).

    The course consists of the following activities:

    • Introductory lecture on the thesis process.
    • Introductory seminar.
    • Supervision.
    • Midway seminar with peer review.
    • Final seminar with peer review.

    The language of instruction is English. Please note that all teaching and learning activities - such as lectures, seminars, assignments and assessment tasks – are conducted in English.

    As a rule the thesis is written in a group of two. If specific and valid reasons exist, the supervisor decides whether an exception should be made to allow the thesis to be written individually.

    The thesis should be based on at least 20 research monographs and papers published in scholarly peer-reviewed academic journals.
    The thesis may comprise a maximum of 15 000 words, excluding abstract/ summary, table of contents, notes, references and appendices.


    Student learning and performance on this course is mainly assessed through the final version of the master’s thesis. A lesser part is based on student peer reviews. The assessment tasks are weighted in relation to their importance to the overall course assessment. The results from the assessment tasks are added up to a final  course score that is translated into a final grade.

    Assessment task
    The course contains the following weighted assessment tasks:
    1. Two peer review assignments in the form of written reports and oral presentations.
    2. The master’s thesis.

    After completion of the course, students will receive grades on a scale related to the intended learning outcomes of the course. Passing grades are A, B, C, D and E. Failing grades are Fx and F. A grade Fx can be completed for a grade E.

  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
    See syllabus for reading list
  • Contact

    Course coordinator:

    Head of course: Thomas Hartman