Master's Thesis

Course content

The thesis is written on the basis of empirical data collated by the students during their fieldwork.

Learning outcome

In the master's thesis the student must demonstrate that she/he can formulate an examine an anthropological problem on the basis of fieldwork material, and regional, methodological and theoretical knowledge.

This means that the student can:



  • demonstrate empirical knowledge of the examined field
  • demonstrate regional, methodological, and theoretical knowledge based on the chosen literature



  • produce a clear and relevant problem statement
  • analyze the empirical material by using relevant anthropological literature
  • construct a relevant and well argued answer to the problem statement
  • discuss the empirical material and the chosen analytical terms and/or theories in relation to one another.



  • reflect critically on the empirical material in terms of the conditions and limitations of the fieldwork and the chosen methods
  • consider the generaliseability of the fieldwork and relevant regional, thematic, and theoretical literature
  • communicate and argue in a anthropologically relevant and convincing manner

5 meetings with a supervisor of approx. 45 minutes per thesis. If the thesis is written in groups of two students each meeting will be 45 minutes x 1.5.
Students are also entitled to limited supervisor guidance in connection with drawing up the obligatory thesis contract in preparation for writing the thesis. This contact will often be in form of mail or shorter talks and will correspond to approx. 20 minutes.

The supervision can be either individual supervisi on or individual supervision in groups. Supervision in groups consists of students assigned to the same supervisor, typically 2 to 3 students. The students will usually have a common thematic or theoretical interest in their projects. The basic idea is that the students receive individual supervision in turns, and that the other students will learn from listening to comments that relate to fellow students' work. Individual supervision in groups will extend the meetings by 45 minutes x 2.

It is still possible for students to receive individual supervision without being in a supervision group, if students or teachers so prefers. However individual supervision without a supervision group can mean that you will not get the supervisor for whom you have applied.

The thesis must include a summary in English. The max. length of the summary must be 7.200 keystrokes. The summary is included in the overall assessment of the thesis. The keystrokes for the summary do not count towards the max. length for the master thesis itself.

Not relevant
Type of assessment
Written assignment, see below
Oral defence, see below under invigilation
Type of assessment details
The oral defence of the thesis will take place after the written thesis has been submitted and is structured as a dialogue between the examinee, the internal assessor and the external examiner. The student begins the defence with an introduction of five to ten minutes. The subsequent dialogue is based on the examined thesis and will include a general anthropological discussion.
Length of oral examination: 45 minutes for one student. For groups of two student the oral exam is 60 minutes. For groups of three students the oral exam is 70 minutes.

For groups writing together it must be clearly indicated which parts of the assignment each of the students has written
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

See description of learning outcome. Formalities for Written Works must be fulfilled, read more: MSc Students

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Guidance
  • 4,5
  • Exam
  • 820,5
  • English
  • 825,0


Partially in Danish
Course number
Programme level
Full Degree Master
Spring And Autumn
See timetable
Department of Anthropology, Study Council
Contracting department
  • Department of Anthropology
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
Course Coordinator
  • Ulla Susan Andersen   (2-78644376647069316e7831676e)
Saved on the 01-03-2023

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