Study plan

Practical Knowledge, master

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Programme description

The Centre for Practical Knowledge is first and foremost concerned with professional research that serves the execution of the professions. This is especially challenging inasmuch as professions such as teaching, nursing, law enforcement, journalism etc. are relatively young as research areas. The need to "legitimize" such research areas has, furthermore, often resulted in an unfortunate tendency to imitate traditional paradigms of research that operate at a high level of abstraction. As opposed to this, the Centre¿s educational programme seeks to anchor theoretical reflections in concrete experience in order to better reflect the complexity of professional life as well as to develop greater understanding of the needs of forms of practice and their capacity for development.

As such, the programme seeks to balance reflection upon experience with a comprehensive coverage of relevant academic resources (methodology, research methods, theory of science) in order to serve and challenge the practical roots professional practice.

In addition to the research project itself, candidates are required to successfully complete course work in the following areas:

Science, Knowledge, Ethics and Method (30ECTS)

  • Practical Knowledge and ethics (15 ECTS)
  • Theory of Science and research methods; essay as method (15 ECTS)

Professions, relationality and language (30 ECTS)

  • Language, knowledge development and fieldwork (15 ECTS)
  • Profession, culture and relations (15 ECTS)

Study model

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Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the programme students should expect the following learning outcomes:

Knowledge and understanding:

  • be familiar with relevant discussions in theory of science as they relate to professions research
  • be familiar with relevant discussions and strategies in qualitative research and fieldwork
  • be familiar with relevant discussions in ethics and their importance for professions research
  • be familiar with relevant discussions concerning the relationship between professions and society


  • be able to reflect critically upon their own professional experience
  • be able to reflect critically upon their profession from the point of view of the theory of science; able to articulate and identify the development of their profession¿s central ideas.
  • be able to reflect critically upon their own fieldwork research
  • be able to carry out fieldwork as well as acquire theoretical perspectives on fieldwork

General competence:

  • be able to reflect critically upon the nature and development of practical knowledge and its relationship to the concept of professions.
  • be able to develop and carry out independent research in their own profession as well as competently discuss the methodological challenges connected to such research.
  • be able to situate and engage in discussion of the nature and scope of professions research.

Admission requirements

Completed bachelor's degree equivalent to a Norwegian bachelor's degree Language requirement If relevant, specialisation defined bty the programme

Job opportunities

Candidates who have completed all the requirements of the programme will be qualified for further research at Universities and University Colleges (PhD), as well as research and development positions in both the public and private sectors. It is also intended that candidates who have completed a Master's education at CPK will be able to contribute to the development of their own profession by introducing an embedded research perspective into the everyday execution of the practice.

Study abroad

Students registered in the Masters in Practical Knowledge can participate in a 1 year exchange program with Södertörn University College, Sweden.


No special costs except semester registration fee and syllabus literature.

Specific arrangements for recognition of prior learning

Admission based on real life and work experience (formal, informal and non-formal prior learning) according to current Norwegian regulations.

Examination regulations, assessment and grading

The Norwegian system for grading and assessment using the letter grades A - F, in which A denotes the best/highest grade and F denotes "not passed". Work can also be assessed as "passed", "not passed", "approved" and "not approved".Refer to applicable legislation, rules and regulations

Programme evaluation

The study programme is evaluated annually by students using course evaluation studies and by the programme director. The evaluations are included in the university¿s quality assurance system

Qualifications requirements and regulations

ECTS Credits 120 Study level Master Teaching language Norwegian Faculty The Faculty of Education and Arts Course location Bodø