MH3000 - Introduction to Research Methods


This course is no longer taught and is only available for examination.

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 3 hours D

Course content

The course introduces qualitative and quantitative research methods and reviews that provide students with a basis to read and evaluate research and professional literature within medicine and health science.

Learning outcome


The student

  • has knowledge on basic characteristics and methodological concepts within qualitative and quantitative research
  • has knowledge on basic methods for data collection in qualitative and quantitative studies, including their strengths and weaknesses
  • has basic knowledge of criteria for evaluating data quality, such as reliability and validity,
  • knows how results from qualitative and quantitative studies can be presented and interpreted
  • knows the principles for systematic reviews
  • has knowledge of ethical guidelines, privacy protection, and approvals in health-related studies


The student

  • can conduct literature searches
  • can evaluate which research design is suitable for different research questions within medicine and health science
  • can describe the research methods that are used in qualitative and quantitative studies.

General competence:

The student

  • can summarize and evaluate methods and results from research and professional literature within medicine and health science
  • can assess appropriateness of qualitative and quantitative research methods approaches in medicine and health science
  • can describe the purpose, requirements and content in research protocols.

Learning methods and activities

The learning activities consist of lectures with student interaction and group work with other students from own study program. One of the group works is compulsory. The lectures are concentrated to the start of the semester, meaning that there is better time for other study activities after this. The reason is that many students taking this subject proceed to other methods subjects later in the semester. Therefore they need to have the teaching in this subject first. Students who do not have previous knowledge in research methods must expect a steep learning curve in the beginning.

Compulsory assignments

  • Mandatory group work

Further on evaluation

The compulsory assignment is a group task. If a student wants to re-sit the exam, approved compulsory activity is valid for two subsequent semesters after approval.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Clinical Health Science (MKLIHEL)
Global Health (MSPUHE)
Miscellaneous Courses - Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (EMNE/MH)
Pharmacy (MFARMASI)
Physical Activity and Health (MSPAHE)
Public Health (MFHLS)

Required previous knowledge

Admission to a master's programme, or Postgraduate Education at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, NTNU, or upon individual application.

Course materials

Announced at the start of the semester

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MH3005 7.5 AUTUMN 2019
SYT6100 7.5 AUTUMN 2020
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Language of instruction: English

Location: Gjøvik , Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Public Health and Nursing


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 D 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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