The aim of this course is to provide the student with an opportunity to develop systematic understanding and critical awareness on the solution of a business-relevant relevant problem in the student's focal area within the Information Systems discipline. Students will gain advanced knowledge of the research process at Master level in information, including a deep knowledge of selected theories. They will acquire specialized problem-solving skills, being able to plan and conduct the steps in the research or development process at a high methodological standard. They shall take responsibility to conduct a well planned and executed project at Master level.



The student... 

  • is able to demonstrate critical awareness of key theories within the focal area and the interface with related fields
  • is able to demonstrate critical awareness of key theories information systems and the interface with related fields
  • is able to identify information systems related problems in business and public sector and assess an appropriate methodological approach


The student...

  • is able to demonstrate advanced thinking skills (e.g., synthesis, reasoning, judgement and reflection)
  • is able to demonstrate a comparative understanding of the methods of research and evaluation relevant to both information systems research and the chosen business case of study
  • is able to conduct, report and evaluate a programme of research and solution related to a relevant problem within a business or public sector
  • is able to demonstrate competent project management skills (e.g., set objectives, plan and manage workload(s) and deliverables, monitor outcomes and manage time)

Generel Competence

The student...

  • is able to demonstrate the ability to integrate practical business experience with relevant IS theories to develop the students professional competence
  • is able to demonstrate the ability to reflect (critically) on content, approaches, techniques and tools
  • is able to contribute to professional knowledge and practice based on own original and high quality research and practice
  • is able to take responsibility to conduct a well planned and executed project at Master level

Emnet inngår i

Master of Information Systems in Digital Business System

Master of Information Systems in Management and Innovation


The course will be a combination of lectures, seminars, presentations, as well as literature review and writing of the Master Thesis. The course will be given during the third and fourth semester of the program. During the third semester the student will work on the Thesis proposal, which will be formatively assessed. The student will gain industry experience by either an industry internship or hands-on study and contact with a public or private business, preferably in the third semester. In seminars the student will present and discuss methods, theories and present on-going work with fellow students and academic staff. Each group/student will be assigned a supervisor from academic staff, and will have regular contact throughout the work.

Anbefalt tidsbruk

Participation in class: 30 hours

Seminars with preparation for presentation/discussion: 100 hours

Industry contact/experience: 300 hours (Industry study (including interviews, data collection, visits) or/combined with participate in an internal research program)

Assessment (formative): 10 hours

Supervision: 45 hours

Reading and preparation for assessment: 715 hours

Total: 1.200 hours

Obligatorisk aktivitet

Coursework requirements:

  • Written research proposal, assessed for relevance, project plan and risk: formative assessment
  • Oral presentation, assessed for research method and empirical work: formative assessment

Qualified: G/IG (approved/not approved) 

The coursework must be approved in order to take the final examination in the course. 


Exam type: Master thesis, written home examination with an oral presentation (1-2 students)

Duration thesis: Duration of the course

Duration oral exam: 60 minutes

Grading scale: Norwegian grading system using the graded scale A - F where A is the best grade, E is the lowest pass grade and F is fail 

Weighting: 100 % of the overall grade 

Support materials: All support materials are allowed


In addition to literature and other teaching material, scheduled teaching and other scheduled learning activities are always part of the syllabus.


Default is that two students are working together on the thesis, and they will have the same supervisor. The individual workload is expected to be according to what is indicated in the course description. All deliverables (written and oral) shall be completed together, but it may be assigning individual grades based on the oral examination. Students can apply for permission to work individually.