HBIOT3901 - Thesis in Molecular Medicine


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Master thesis
Grade: Letter grades

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

Course content

The master's thesis in molecular medicine can have a basal or medical direction. The thesis should have a scientific composition and be founded on applicable theory and literature within the specific subject. Current topics could be molecular mechanisms and epidemiological causes, diagnostic problems and therapeutic measures. It is a great advantage that the thesis be connected to the existing research activities at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. The principal supervisor is chosen from the scientific staff with permanent positions. The thesis should be a monograph or a scientific paper with concluding remarks. In both cases, the student should document a theoretical comprehension and a broad understanding of the methods that have been used. Students enrolled in the master's program must write the thesis in English. Details regulating the work with and assessment of the thesis are given in Guidelines for the Master's Thesis.

Learning outcome

After completing the master's thesis the student should be able to

  • formulate a precise research problem
  • scientifically test and answer a research problem
  • prepare and analyze data from a study/experiment
  • master methods and techniques relevant for the research problem
  • present a research problem and discuss the results critically
  • by using relevant scientific literature
  • describe a scientific work in a clearly written report (master's thesis)
  • present the results, both in writing and orally, with sound language and precise statements.

Learning methods and activities

Individual supervision. Form of examination: Thesis and oral presentation/examination. The grade given on the thesis may be adjusted after the oral exam. The thesis must be written in English.

Further on evaluation

In addition to the written work, there will be an oral exam. The exam consists of a student presentation, followed by an oral examination. 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 to one grade after the oral exam. If the written work is given the grade F, no oral examination will be held.

In the event of a grade F (not passed), a new or revised thesis with significant changes may be submitted for assessment one more time. When the student has received a passing grade on the master's thesis, it is not possible to have a new thesis assessed within the same study program.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Molecular Medicine (MSMOLMED)

Required previous knowledge

The student must be admitted to the Master of Science in Molecular Medicine. In order to be eligible to defend his/her master's thesis the student must have passed all exams, i.e. compulsory and elective courses worth 60 credits in total.

Course materials


Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MOL3901 60.0 AUTUMN 2020
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Version: 1
Credits:  60.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Molecular Medicine
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Biomedical Laboratory Science


Examination arrangement: Master thesis

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Master thesis 100/100 INSPERA
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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