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M.Phil. in Global Health - Thesis

  • ECTS credits60
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeINTH395A
  • Number of semesters2
  • LanguageEnglish
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Level of Study


Teaching semester


Objectives and Content

The general aim of the master thesis is for the student to acquire general research skills and experience, and to gain skills in independent critical thinking.

There are three possible approaches to organizing the content of the thesis work:

  • Narrative literature review, combined with new data collection and data analysis
  • Semi-systematic literature review, combined with minimal or no data collection, but with analysis of existing research data
  • Extensive literature review on a topic with a solid rationale, grounded in a well-described theoretical framework, and including a detailed evaluation of each paper¿s methodological strengths and weaknesses

Learning Outcomes

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


The student :

  • Knows how to compose a research report using the IMRAD structure and the template provided by CIH.


The student is able to:

  • Develop one or several specific research questions based on a solid rationale and grounded in an appropriate theoretical framework
  • Carry out a critical literature review on a well-defined and relevant health-related topic
  • To design and carry out research using the standards of the qualitative or the quantitative scientific method, and according to appropriate ethical and efficiency standards
  • To critically evaluate research methods
  • To present a written thesis with the structure and logical composition that characterizes an academic text
  • To discuss research findings with due attention to validity

General competence 

The student is able to:

  • Use the acquired research competence in other areas of global health
  • Communicate research findings to a broader audience and the general public through oral presentations and written media using appropriate language and presentations tools.

Access to the Course

Only for students on the Master programme in Global Health

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

The thesis is to be written individually in the last year of study (full time), and corresponds to 60 ECTS credits The student is entitled to in total 30 hours of supervision individually and in groups. Parts of this supervision may be ICT based. In addition, the student may attend courses in literature search, proper use of sources and source references, as well as research ethics related to use of sources etc.

Forms of Assessment

The thesis must be defended in an oral thesis examination. Internal and external examiner.

Grading Scale

ECTS credits A-F (F = fail)

Assessment Semester


Reading List

The students need to find literature relevant for the thesis, in consultation with supervisor.


Centre for International Health

E-mail: studie@igs.uib.no

Tel: 55588569/70

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Master's Thesis with oral exam

    Withdrawal deadline
    • Exam part: Adjusting oral examination

    • Exam part: Master's Thesis