PH3901 - Thesis in Global Health


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Master thesis
Grade: Letters

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

Course content

The master's thesis must be scientifically structured and be founded in valid theory and literature within the topics at hand. Research focus areas may be assessment of mechanisms, risks and causes, methods, treatments and interventions or classification and categorization of patient groups. Also topics like health care organization, external conditions, costs and interaction between sectors and professions may be chosen. Studies of clinical practice and dissemination of scientific results and knowledge are accepted granted methods of hypothesis testing are applied. The research must comprise elements of originality. It is expected that the student shows an independent contribution to data collection and/or analysis, and presentation of results. It is advisable to link the research to active research groups or projects within the university or university hospital. More information is given in the Guidelines for the Master's Thesis at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Learning outcome

After completing the course PH3901 the student should be able to:

  • formulate a precise research problem
  • scientifically test and answer a research problem • prepare and analyze study data
  • present a research problem and discuss the results critically using relevant scientific literature
  • produce a clearly written report (master's thesis) in a scientific format

Learning methods and activities

Individual supervision limited to 50 hours. The primary supervisor must hold a scientific position at NTNU. If necessary the student may choose to use an additional supervisor, for whom there is no requirement regarding employment position.

A master's thesis agreement, including a project description with budget and timeline, must be submitted by a given deadline in the second semester.

Students must also attend a seminar on preparing for fieldwork in the second semester.

Assessment: Master's thesis and oral presentation/examination used to adjust the grade of the thesis. 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.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Global Health (MSPUHE) - some programmes

Required previous knowledge

The student must be admitted to the Master of Science in Public Health, specializing in Global Health. In order to be eligible to defend his/her master's thesis, the student must have passed all exams and coursework worth 60 credits in total.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
PH3900 45.0 AUTUMN 2021
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Version: 1
Credits:  60.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

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Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Public Health
  • Medical Technology
  • Public Health
  • Globalization
  • Medicine
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 A INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Master thesis 100/100 A 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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