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Postgraduate course

Master's Thesis in Global Development

  • ECTS credits60
  • Teaching semesterSpring, Autumn
  • Course codeGLODE360
  • Number of semesters2
  • LanguageSjå dei engelske nettsidane for skildring av emnet
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Level of Study




Teaching semester

Autumn and spring

Objectives and Content

The Master`s thesis is scholarly research intended to give the students the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills they have acquired during the first year of the programme, as well as their own previous training and experience. In the thesis research project, the student should demonstrate skills in planning, conducting, analysing and reporting on a health promotion/gender in global development investigation.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course the students should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student has in-depth knowledge of:

  • The structural components of a Master¿s thesis
  • The significance of objectives and research questions
  • How to conduct a literature review
  • The particular theory / concepts selected to frame the project
  • The ethical requirements of research
  • A selected sub-field related to own research project


The student has the ability to:

  • Plan and conduct an independent research project under supervision and in accordance with applicable norms for research ethics
  • Collect and critically appraise relevant data
  • Analyse data and present empirical material in a clear and structured manner
  • Critically analyse and discuss theory and research literature relevant to the research topic
  • Write a scholarly document critically reporting on, and discussing, the research process and findings

General competence:

By the end of the course the student:

  • Can analyse own area of specialisation in relation to general debates on health promotion OR gender and development both at policy and academic levels
  • Can communicate extensively own independent research and assess that of others
  • Can engage in public debates on health promotion OR gender in global development
  • Can contribute innovatively to health promotion OR gender and development initiatives

Required Previous Knowledge

Students must have completed the previous compulsory modules of the programme.

Access to the Course

Open to all students registered in Master`s Programme in Global Development Theory and Practice.

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

Group supervision and lectures will be held during the course of the two semesters.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Students are required to participate in the group supervision meetings, to present a chapter of their thesis work, and to peer review other students` work.

Forms of Assessment

Masters thesis (70-90 pages)

Grading Scale


Assessment Semester

Spring and autumn

Reading List

There is no specified reading list for this course.

Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated in accordance with the Faculty of Psychology¿s routines for participatory evaluation and the University of Bergen¿s Quality Assurance System.

Programme Committee

Department of Health Promotion and Development, Faculty of Psychology

Course Coordinator

Department of Health Promotion and Development

Course Administrator

Department of Health Promotion and Development, Faculty of Psychology, is responsible for the administration of the programme.

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