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Fashion Studies - Master's Thesis

The student completes a written degree project on an topic approved by the supervisor. The thesis is then critically reviewed and defended at a final seminar.

After completing the course, students are expected to be able to:  
- Critically, independently and creatively identify and assess a research project relevant to Fashion Studies.
- Formulate questions and integrate relevant knowledge with the chosen project.
- Plan and complete the assignment within a given timeframe 
- Apply adequate methods to the chosen question/issue. 
- Explain national and international research results both verbally and in writing and evaluate their usefulness for the project. 
- Discuss and argue for their conclusions in dialogue with other groups. 
- Critically assess and evaluate the scientific, social, and ethical aspects as well as the results of the thesis

  • Course structure

    A full semester devoted to the Master Thesis.

    Seminars and meetings with supervisor.


    Teaching format

    Teaching consists of preparatory seminars, peer-review seminars, meetings with supervisors and a final seminar. The language of instruction is English. For more detailed information, please see the course description.


    The course is examined through the completion of an individually written degree dissertation (thesis).For more detailed information, please see the course description.

    b.) Grades will be set according to a seven-point scale related to the learning objectives of the course:

    A = Excellent
    B = Very good
    C = Good
    D = Satisfactory
    E = Adequate
    Fx= Inadequate
    F = Totally Inadequate

    The thesis work is evaluated and graded by an examiner appointed by the supervisory board.

    c.) Written grading criteria are announced when the course begins. 

    d.) In order to pass the course, students must receive a grade E minimum on the thesis, and have successfully defended and critically examined another student's thesis. A thesis work not submitted on time cannot receive a higher grade than D. Exceptions can be made in case of illness if a supporting doctor's note can be presented. Participation in peer-review seminars, presentation to supervisors and other students as well as participation in the final seminar are all mandatory parts of the course.

    e.) For each course occasion, at least two opportunities for examination must be offered during the same semester. At least one examination opportunity shall also be given during semesters or years when the course is not offered. Students with a passing grade (E or higher) may not retake the exam for a higher grade. Students who receive the grade Fx or F twice by the same examiner are entitled to have another examiner appointed for the next examination, unless there are particular reasons to deny students this right. Such requests should be made to the Department Board. 

    f.) Revisions in order to convert the grade Fx into a passing grade may be permitted if the student is close to meeting the criteria for a passing grade. These revisons should be submitted within a week of notification from the examiner. Adequate corrections of flaws related to understanding – minor misunderstandings, minor inaccuracies or too limited argumentation – can only receive grades D or E.

    g.)Students are entitled to a total of 20 hours of supervison. Reading of thesis scripts is included and deducted from these hours. Supervison hours may be individual or with a smaller group. 

    h.) In assessing the degree project, the following assessment bases will be used: 

    1. Understanding of the submitted assignment; 
    2. implementation of the survey / theoretical task; 
    3. knowledge of the theoretical background; 
    4. interpretation and analysis of results; 
    5. independence; 
    6. Ability to stay within the the established timeframe;
    7. Presentation - oral presentation; 
    8. Presentation - Written Account, 

    i.) Change of supervisor may take place under special circumstances. The request for such a change, with reasons, must always be made with the Department Board. Changes of examiner can only take place after a student has failed the course. See above under e) where the rules for this are stated. 

    j.) Students who fail to complete the thesis project on time are not entitled to additional supervision hours. Students are however, always entitled to have his / her degree project assessed at the next examination opportunity. A re-submitted thesis work cannot receive a higher grade than D.



  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
  • Course reports

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