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Postgraduate course

Master's Thesis in Biomedical Sciences

  • ECTS credits60
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeBMED395
  • Number of semesters2
  • Language

    Norwegian and English

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Teaching semester

Autumn + spring (2 consecutive semesters)

Objectives and Content

Fulfilment of the master thesis is aimed at teaching the students to plan, carry out and present an independent research project. Furthermore, the student is expected to gain substantial theoretical knowledge within the research field of the topic for the thesis, through accessing original scientific literature and academic discussions. The student participates in an active scientific community through daily contact with researchers and peer students.

Learning Outcomes

After completion of the course the student should be able to:


  • Prove advanced theoretical and practical knowledge within the scientific field of the Master's thesis.


  • Master the methods necessary to carry out the relevant research project connected to the thesis.
  • Plan and carry out independent, scientific experiments.


  • Search for - and critically evaluate - relevant scientific literature.
  • Submit one's own findings to critical evaluation and discuss these in relation to published academic literature.
  • Communicate one's own research results in a scientifically correct fashion, both in written and oral contexts.

Required Previous Knowledge

Completed exams in compulsory and optional courses in the master programme, totalling 60 ECTS.

Access to the Course

Master¿s Programme in Biomedical Sciences

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

The Master¿s thesis is anchored in experimental physiological, cell biological or molecular biological research, or ¿desktop research¿ (imaging and modelling) dependent on which direction the student chooses to specialize in. The scope of allocated academic supervision will vary to some degree between different projects. The minimum number of supervision hours a student is entitled to is stated in the written supervision contract, which is formally established between the student, supervisor(s) and chief of staff at the work place the student is primarily associated with.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Students must give two presentations during the course of the program (progress).

Forms of Assessment

After the thesis has been submitted and approved, the master study will be concluded with an oral exam. This examination consists of a public presentation of 30 minutes duration, in which the student gives an overview of the project. Both sensors and supervisor must be present. The presentation is followed by an oral examination.
The thesis is graded before the exam, but the presentation, combined with the oral examination may adjust the final grade. The final grade is made known to the candidate and will be on the transcript.
The oral exam shall normally be held by the end of the 4th semester and no later than two months after submission of the thesis.

Grading Scale



Department of Biomedicine

Administrative coordinator:

Course coordinator:
Anni Vedeler, https://uib.no/persons/Anni.Vedeler

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Master's Thesis

    Withdrawal deadline
    • Exam part: Master's Thesis

      Submission deadline
      01.06.2023, 10:00
    • Exam part: Adjusting oral examination