Master's Thesis, Human Biology

Course content

The master's thesis document skills in applying experimental, scientific theories and methodologies to a clearly defined academic topic within the field of health science.

Education

MSc Programme in Human Biology - compulsory

Learning outcome

After completing the master's thesis the student is expected to:

Knowledge

  • select and process a well-defined and clear health science problem of research relevance
  • critically acquire knowledge about scientific methods
  • apply such knowledge for the solution of a scientific problem of the student's own choice within the field of health science


Skills

  • convey the work in writing as well as orally at a high international academic level
  • critically discuss and assess own and others' research results at a high international scientific level while including relevant literature
  • critically conclude and put into perspective own and others' research results at a high international scientific level while including relevant literature
     

Competencies

  • under the supervision of a researcher be able to critically acquire knowledge about scientific methods and to apply such knowledge for the solution of a scientific problem of the student's own choice within the field of health sciences

Supervision (max. 80 hours)
The master’s thesis is compiled by each student alone

The master's thesis concludes the MSc's programme. Thus, all courses and exams including electives, must be passed in order to participate in the examination of the master's thesis

Deadline for submitting the thesis contract (using an e-form) including a signed confirmation from the supervisor: September 1st.

ECTS
50 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Oral defence, 60 minutes
Without preparation

The master's thesis is prepared in accordance with the approved thesis contract and correspond to min. 50 and max. 70 A4 pages written in Times New Roman point 12, line spacing 1.5 and excluding references and optional appendixes.

The thesis should include an abstract in English or Danish of no more than 1 A4 page and summarize the research question, the methods used, important findings, a discussion if relevant, and a conclusion. The abstract will be included in the overall assessment of the master’s thesis.

Assessment will be based on the student’s spelling and writing skills as well as the scientific content of the thesis. The scientific content will carry most weight.

The oral 60-minute exam consisting of 25 minutes of oral presentation of the master's thesis using AV equipment followed by 30 minutes of scientific discussion focussing on the issues of the thesis.
Aid
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
The MSc’s programme in Human Biology is affiliated with the Core of Danish Medical Examiners (Censorkorpset for Lægeuddannelsen) from which the censor for the master's thesis should be chosen.
Criteria for exam assessment

To achieve the maximum grade of 12, the student shall be able to:

Knowledge

  • select and process a well-defined and clear health science problem of research relevance
  • critically acquire knowledge about scientific methods
  • apply such knowledge for the solution of a scientific problem of the student's own choice within the field of health science


Skills

  • convey the work in writing as well as orally at a high international academic level
  • critically discuss and assess own and others' research results at a high international scientific level while including relevant literature
  • critically conclude and put into perspective own and others' research results at a high international scientific level while including relevant literature
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Project work
  • 1294
  • Guidance
  • 80
  • Exam
  • 1
  • English
  • 1375