FH3901 - Thesis in Public Health


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Master thesis
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Master thesis 100/100

Course content

The aim of the Master's thesis is for the student to complete a defined and independent research project under supervision following relevant research ethics. The topic of the Master's thesis should be within the topics covered by the Master's program in Public Health and in line with the course description. The topic and thesis question should be developed together with the supervisor(s). Work with the thesis will include planning (designing thesis question and project description) and carrying out the research project; this includes data analysis and writing a project report following ethical aspects, guidelines of research and good scientific practice within the applied research method. More information can be found in the guidelines for the master's thesis at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. These guidelines must be followed. If the master's thesis is written as an article, it should be complemented by a more descriptive document ("kappe") consisting of maximally 7000 words.

Learning outcome

After completing the master's thesis course FH3901, the student is able to:


  • account for different scientific methods and sources in the relevant field
  • show specialized insight into the topic of the Master's Thesis


  • formulate a precise research question
  • consider choice of research design and research method best suited to answer the thesis question
  • analyze data from a study/experiment
  • identify and discuss research ethics in connection with research in general and the thesis in particular
  • produce and communicate the results in an academic format using the correct terminology
  • present his/her own thesis question and discuss the results in light of relevant research literature

General proficiency:

  • complete an independent, defined research project, under supervision while following relevant research ethics within the topics covered by the Master's program in Public Health
  • describe an academic project in a clear and well-written report (the Master's Thesis)
  • contribute to increased knowledge within the topic of the Master's Thesis

Learning methods and activities

Individual supervision is set to 45 hours. The project description must be approved before the project is started (the project description should be submitted at the end of the second semester). Mandatory attendance at a one-day seminar for Master students (held during the second semester). The Master's thesis can be written in a Scandinavian language or in English.

Compulsory assignments

  • Participation at preparation seminars
  • Individual supervision at the master's thesis

Further on evaluation

The Master's thesis is evaluated on the basis of the written work and an oral examination. The examination consists of a 30-minute presentation which is open to the public, followed by up to 1 hour examination closed to the public. The examiners will set a preliminary grade on the written work before the oral exam. The grade given on the written work may be adjusted up or down one grade after the oral exam. If the written work is given the grade F, no oral examination will be held.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Public Health (MFHLS)

Required previous knowledge

The student must be admitted to the master's programme in Public Health at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. In order to be eligible to submit his/her master's thesis the student must have passed all exams, i.e. compulsory and elective courses worth 75 credits in total.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  45.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Health Science
  • Public Health
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Public Health and Nursing


Examination arrangement: Master thesis

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Master thesis 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Master thesis 100/100



Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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