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Grade guidelines for Master's thesis at IMK

This document is a general guide, which helps determine the grades A to F on Master's theses at the Department of Media and Communication at the Faculty of Humanities. 

A (Excellent)

Clearly formulated research question(s), answers these and carries out analysis, argumentation and documentation in line with the research question. Explains explicitly and very well the main theoretical and methodological choices, which must be relevant in relation to the research question.

Clear and reasoned presentation, precise and clear language, consistent and correctly implemented reference use. Convincing in terms of factual knowledge and very good knowledge of the research literature: demonstrates good knowledge of relevant previous research in the field.

Relevant theoretical perspectives, shows independence in the production and discussion of these. Empirical analysis (if any) at a high level, correctly carried out. Very interesting perspectives. Demonstrates excellent understanding of key concepts and consistent use of these in the presentation. Clear, independent and interesting reasoning. Stays within the scope limitations as defined for a master’s thesis unless special considerations indicate that these limits could be exceeded.

Partly outstanding and original work that confirms an excellent understanding and handling of theoretical and analytical themes. High level of knowledge. The candidate demonstrates excellent judgement and a high degree of independent thinking.

 

B (Very good)

Clearly formulated research question(s), which are answered in the thesis. Good connection between research question(s), theory and empirical data. Explains theoretical and methodological main choices, which are relevant in relation to the research question(s).

Clear and reasoned presentation, precise and clear language. Very good overview of the field of knowledge and of the research literature, competently conducted empirical analyzes (if any), interesting perspectives. Independent use of knowledge. Demonstrates a sound understanding of key concepts.

Relevant theoretical perspectives. Stays within the scope limitations defined for a master’s thesis unless special considerations indicate that these limits could be exceeded.

A very good work in terms of analysis, method, presentation and knowledge of literature. The candidate demonstrates sound judgement and a very good degree of independent thinking.

 

C (Good)

A well-written thesis that include relevant and important topics. The thesis has good research question(s), but these can be somewhat deficient or vaguely formulated. Reasonably good connection between research question(s), theory and empirical data. Explains reasonably well the main theoretical and methodological choices, which are more or less relevant in relation to the research question(s).

Good factual knowledge and a well-conducted analysis that is well presented and rooted in the literature.

Other factors that may be applicable at this level may be some vague and imprecise use of language, partly inconsistent use of concepts, some unclear structure, in part inadequate presentation of facts or theoretical perspectives, some exceeding of the scope limitations defined without there being any special considerations to dictate this.

 

D (Satisfactory)

The thesis is carried out according to the criterion that apply to the format of a master’s thesis, including length, formatting and source references, but has several major and significant shortcomings. Fairly good connection between research question(s), theory and empirical data, but shortcomings associated with the field's knowledge elements. The candidate demonstrates a limited degree of judgement and independent thinking.

Mostly a satisfactory thesis, but with significant weaknesses in terms of research question(s), design, analysis, use of scientific method or presentation. The candidate demonstrates a limited degree of judgement and independent thinking.

Other factors that may be applicable at this level may be unclear and imprecise use of language, inconsistent use of concepts, unclear structure, at times incorrect or incomplete presentation of facts or theoretical perspectives, exceeding of the limitations defined without there being any special considerations to dictate this, unnecessary or irrelevant elements, unclear presentation, incorrect or inconsistent use of references.

 

E (Sufficient)

Satisfies only the minimum requirements pertaining to carrying out an independent research work and submitting an assignment in accordance with the criterion that apply to the format, including length, formatting and source references. The thesis has major and significant shortcomings in many of the criterion mentioned above in the last section of level D.

The research question(s) is only to a limited extent answered, and / or formulated with significant shortcomings or ambiguities.

Lacks detailed knowledge and overview. The candidate demonstrates a very limited degree of judgement and independent thinking.

 

F (Fail)

Does not satisfy the minimum requirements pertaining to conducting an independent research work and submitting an assignment in accordance with the criterion that apply to a Master’s thesis, including length, formatting and source references. Does not master scientific working methods and does not master the field of knowledge. The research question(s) is unclear, incomplete or unanswered. The thesis is characterized by imprecise / immature language, unclear reasoning, unclear structure, lack of judgment and independence. A performance that does not meet the minimum academic criterion.

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