Media and Communication Studies B: Thesis

7.5 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 2IV143

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
Education cycle
First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Media and Communication Studies G1F
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
Finalised by
The Department Board, 25 October 2018
Responsible department
Department of Informatics and Media

General provisions

In the course, teaching in Swedish and English can be combined.

Entry requirements

15 credits in media and communication studies

Learning outcomes

The course MCS B/Thesis aims at giving a basic exercise in scientific work. This is done through planning, conducting and reporting a small-scale research project in Media Studies, Communication Studies or Journalism Studies.

In terms of knowledge and understanding, the student is expected to be able to:

  • demonstrate in-depth knowledge in a selected part of Media Studies, Communication Studies or Journalism Studies,
  • show some familiarity with current research within the chosen field and topic of study,
  • demonstrate basic knowledge of methodology within the selected field of Media Studies, Communication Studies or Journalism Studies.

With regard to competence and skills, the student is expected to be able to:

  • identify and formulate (a) relevant research question(s) for the chosen field of study,
  • plan and, with appropriate methods, carry out and report a small-scale research project within given time frames,
  • present and discuss ones' own and others' research results, as well as the arguments underlying them, both in writing and orally.

In terms of judgement and approach, the student is expected to be able to:

  • critically reflect on the choice of study objects, research problems, purpose and scientific method in one's own and others' research projects,
  • explain how ethical issues have been addressed in the thesis and show awareness in how to deal with these ethical issues.


In the course MCS B/Thesis, the student is given the opportunity to conduct an in-depth study of a chosen topic in the field of Media Studies, Communication Studies or Journalism Studies. The work results in an academic thesis. Planning, implementation, reporting and defence of the thesis are the essential parts of the course.


The course is taught through lectures, seminars and group supervision. The thesis will also be presented and defended at a final thesis seminar.


Assessment is primarily based on the written thesis. The student's performance during the defence of his/her own thesis and the discussion of another student's thesis, are also taken into account.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator or a decision by the department's working group for study matters.