Masters Thesis at the Department of Chemistry

Norsk versjon: Masteroppgave ved IKJ

The information on this site is for the following Master’s programmes at the Department of Chemistry:

2-year Master in Chemistry (MSCHEM)

2-year Master in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry – Specialisation: Environmental Chemistry (MSENVITOX)

Both master’s programs comprise of a Master’s thesis (60 ECTS credits), and compulsory and elective courses (60 ECTS credits).


Introduction week (week 34)

As a new master's student at the Department of Chemistry, we have an introduction week in week 34. You will get a link to the Introduction week program in approx. Week 32.

In this week you must attend two compulsory HSE-courses. One is given by the NT-Faculty, where you also have to register for the course HMS0003 in Student web, and one is given by the Department of Chemistry.

These courses are given on two separate days, so make sure you attend both of them.

The department-specific course is divided into two parts, one gives information about HSE and one about our Instrument park


Deadlines, holidays, exams

Academic calendar

Apply for a reading space: Deadline: By the end of week 34


Master's Thesis

Link: General Information; "Writing your Master's Thesis at NTNU"

Link: General Information: "Master Thesis at NTNU"



As a master's student, it is your responsibility to find a project and a supervisor. Your academic supervisor must be employed at NTNU as a professor, professor II, or an associate professor from the Department of Chemistry.


Master's Thesis proposals

Suggestions on what you can work with on your master's thesis and what kind of research the different research groups at the department are working on can be found here:

Master's Thesis proposals (for MSCHEM and MSENVITOX)

You can read more about the research at the Department of Chemistry here.


Compulsory and elective courses

During your time as a master's student, you have to pass exams in courses corresponding to 60 ECTS credits in addition to your Master’s Thesis. At least 30 ECTS credits have to be 3000-level courses (master level, UTF§14.1). A maximum of 22.5 ECTS credits can be 2000-level courses. Basic and introductory courses, as well as Norwegian course(s) cannot be included as master courses.

Compulsory courses for both programs are Experts in Teamwork. Elective courses are chosen in collaboration with your supervisor and must be included as a part of the course plan in your Master’s Agreement

If you want to change one or more of your elective courses in your Master's Agreement after it is delivered, you have to send a short application to the student adviser, signed by both you and your supervisor, where you state which course you want to remove and which course you want to add.

Compulsory courses are given in your study plan, and must also be included in your Master’s Agreement. Check the link below for the study plan belonging to your study program:

Master in Chemistry (MSCHEM)

Master in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (MSENVTIOX)

Even though you are accepted to one of the programs mentioned above, you have to register for exams and lectures on the Student web before September 15th (fall semester) and February 1st (spring semester). Be aware that some courses have limited admission and therefore an earlier deadline for course registration: 1. December for courses in the spring semester and 1. June for courses in the autumn semester. This will be mentioned in the course description.

Examination in Special Syllabus, KJ3091KJ3092 (7.5 ECTS credits), or KJ3093 (10 ECTS credits) has to take place either before the presentation of the thesis or in relation to the presentation. The content of the Special Syllabus is often chosen by your supervisor, but you may also give additions to its content. It is important to emphasize that the Special Syllabus should NOT be a central part of your master thesis, but more of an overviewing character. The Special Syllabus should be approximately 250 pages (for 7.5 ECTS credits) excluded references and must be approved by the department before it is used. The number of pages might vary on the content of each page; Many figures/pictures etc. The Special Syllabus (KJ3091 or KJ3093) can be arranged at the same day as the final master exam or within two weeks before the final master exam. The date for the exam in the Special Syllabus is determined by the supervisor and examiner.

Note! Examination arrangement for Special Syllabus: Oral examination.


Master's Agreement

After finding a supervisor and a project, you have to register a Master’s Agreement that both you and your supervisor sign. You will be able to register your Master’s Agreement yourself in SharePoint

Student and business cooperative agreements

The agreement is often done in collaboration with your supervisor, who can help you with selecting courses and outlining resource demands, and must include:

  • Courses you are planning to take during your Master’s 
  • Use of resources 
  • Project description 
  • Risk assessment 

The deadline for delivering your Master’s Agreement in SharePoint is January 15th. The Master’s Agreement has to be approved by the department before you start working on your project.


Use of Resources

Information about costs for lab equipment, literature, chemicals, etc. must be discussed with your supervisor.


Risk Assessment

All questions related to the risk assessment should be appointed to HSE-coordinator at the department.


Master's Thesis outside NTNU

If you plan to write a master thesis that involves working with a company or organization outside of NTNU, you need to sign an agreement detailing what is involved in your work. You need to have/find a responsible supervisor at the department in addition to your external supervisor(s).


Finalizing the Master's Thesis

Topic: Thesis writing

This page provides information on what you as a student should do with your master’s thesis before submission.


Publication of thesis - cooperation and confidenciality agreements

As a general rule, Master's theses should be made available / published electronically through NTNU Open.

However, if the thesis is performed externally, cooperative external organizations or companies may demand that you enter into cooperation and/or confidentiality agreement, see link on Cooperation and Confidentiality for more information.

Registering options on publishing and confidentiality is done in Inspera.


Presentation of your Master's Assignment

Approximately one month after you have delivered your master thesis, you have to present it to your supervisor, external and internal examiners, and others that might be interested in your project.

The time and location for your presentation are determined in collaboration with your supervisor and examiner.

The presentation should last in approx. 30 minutes, and should give the listener a scope of your work. The supervisor, examiner, and other attendants can ask you questions after the presentation. After finishing your presentation, you have to have a master’s defense (conversation on the research assignment). Only supervisor, examiners and you are allowed to attend. This defense will give the examiners the possibility to clarify potential questions to your assignment, and give you the possibility to explain them.


Your own reading space

As a master's student at the Department of Chemistry, you can get your own reading space.

Apply for a reading space

Students who plan to write their master's thesis in the current academic year will be prioritized in the allocation.

Applications received after week 34 will be registered in the ordinary waiting list, and reading spaces that become available during the year will be assigned consecutively.



Q: I am enrolled in the 2-year Master's programme and I'm wondering what I should set as my start date in the Master's Agreement so I get correct deadline.

A: You should set the first day on the programme as starting date. The deadline for both 2-year Master in Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry will be May 15th on your last year.

Q: When I registered for my master's thesis in KJ3900 and KJ3910 in studentweb, it divided itself on several semesters, and it seems like my deadline will be in the wrong semester. What do I do?
A:  Don’t worry, this is normal. Since the thesis comprise of 60 ECTS credits, it will divide itself over four semesters from the semester you register the master thesis.

Q: When I register for my master's thesis in StudentWeb it divide itself in 15 credits each semester, and I only need to have 7.5 credits thesis my first semester because I want to take 3 courses. Can you fix this? Does it matter?
A:  It does not matter how your master's thesis divide itself on studentweb. You just have to make sure that you are registered for class and exam for the courses you want to take that semester, and have discussed these with your supervisor.

If anything on this page is outdated or wrong, please notify the Student adviser  Aina Sæterli at the Department of Chemistry so that it can be corrected.