Independent Study

For students of Information Studies, Media Studies, Digital Design or Scandinavian Studies

If you are enrolled in the Master’s degree programme in Information Studies, Media Studies or Digital Design, you can apply to the board of studies for permission to study independently for examinations in elective key subjects. If you are a student of Scandinavian Studies, you can also apply to the board of studies for permission to study independently for examinations in current research topics.

In some cases, Master’s degree students may be interested in developing their own academic competences more independently during their studies. A topic you study independently is a topic of your own choice. You do not attend any teaching, but study the topic independently, receive supervision along the way, and submit an exam assignment at the end.

Brief facts about independent study:

  • You are responsible for finding your own topic
  • You must write a thorough syllabus description corresponding to 800-1,200 pages per 10 ECTS credits
  • You must have a supervisor, who is also likely to be your examiner

The requirements regarding independent study for examinations in elective key subjects and current research topics can be found in your academic regulations.

Your application to the board of studies must include the following:

  • A thorough description of your topic
  • A syllabus list
  • A suggestion for a supervisor – if you do not have a suggestion, a supervisor can be assigned to you  
  • An indication of the course in the academic regulations which is to be replaced by the topic you study independently

The application must be submitted to the Board of Studies of the School of Communication and Culture.