Thesis

Course content

The master’s thesis documents that the student is able to independently select and apply scientific theories and methods in order to address and analyse a specific subject with a global health perspective. The master's thesis is the final assignment of the Master's programme. The objective is to give the student an opportunity to use the acquired knowledge independently in a major assignment.

Education

Master of Science in Global Health - compulsory

Learning outcome

 

On completion the students should be able to:

Knowledge

  • Identify scientific problems related to global health issues and possess knowledge, based on the highest international research standard.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of theories and methods used when addressing such problems, as well as critically discuss and prioritise among the relevant methods.
  • Demonstrate knowledge on the highest international research standard within the field of global health, and be able to critically reflect upon this knowledge on a scientific basis.

 

Skills

  • Critically evaluate the scientific literature and key methodologies within the field of global health with regard to validity, reliability and applicability.
  • Critically evaluate and disseminate existing data and design, carry out and co-ordinate scientifically valid and specific research to further advance knowledge on a particular problem area or issue in relation to global health.
  • Assess the selected theory/method and the selected delimitation, in relation to the prodution and interpretation of results/material.
  • Make clear, scientifically based conclusions in relation to problem formulation, and more generally, in relation to the overall problem and the subject area.

 

Compentencies

  • Discuss theories/models from the basis of an organised set of concepts and with a high level of independence.
  • Assess the scientific and societal impact of the thesis from an ethical viewpoint.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use research with the field of global health.

Independently writing a master thesis under the supervision of a supervisor from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen. External co-supervisors may be allocated after application to the study board.
A thesis seminar is offered during the thesis period. Supervisors are encouraged to participate.

Pass all mandatory exam components.

Written
Oral
Individual
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
ECTS
30 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
The master’s thesis may be executed alone or by groups of maximum 3 students. When a thesis is written a group, there must be a stipulation identifying the contributions made by each member of the group. A separate and individual grade will be given to each student. The thesis must be completed in accordance with the approved contract and comprise the equivalent of the following:


No. of students - No. of normal pages (2400 characters per page in 12 point Times New Roman)

1 student = min. 40 - max. 80
2 students = min. 60 - max. 120
3 students = min. 90 - max. 150

The thesis must include an abstract in English of no more than one A4 page (approx. 250 Words). The abstract must summarize the research question, the methods used, important findings, a discussion when relevant, and a conclusion. The abstract will be included in the overall assessment of the Master’s thesis.
Aid
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

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

Knowledge

  • Identify scientific problems related to global health issues and possess knowledge, based on the highest international research standard.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of theories and methods used when addressing such problems, as well as critically discuss and prioritise among the relevant methods.
  • Demonstrate knowledge on the highest international research standard within the field of global health, and be able to critically reflect upon this knowledge on a scientific basis.

 

Skills

  • Critically evaluate the scientific literature and key methodologies within the field of global health with regard to validity, reliability and applicability.
  • Critically evaluate and disseminate existing data and design, carry out and co-ordinate scientifically valid and specific research to further advance knowledge on a particular problem area or issue in relation to global health.
  • Assess the selected theory/method and the selected delimitation, in relation to the prodution and interpretation of results/material.
  • Make clear, scientifically based conclusions in relation to problem formulation, and more generally, in relation to the overall problem and the subject area.

 

Compentencies

  • Discuss theories/models from the basis of an organised set of concepts and with a high level of independence.
  • Assess the scientific and societal impact of the thesis from an ethical viewpoint.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use research with the field of global health.

 

The thesis must be prepared in accordance with the approved thesis agreement and must contain a summary not exceeding one page. The summary must sum up the thesis problem, the methods applied, the main results, and contain a discussion, conclusion and perspective. The summary forms part of the overall assessment of the master's thesis.

At the assessment of the master's thesis, both the academic contents and the student's ability to convey such contents will be taken into consideration.

The student will receive a written feedback after the assessment of the thesis, approx. 1 page (2400 characters)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Guidance
  • 60
  • Preparation
  • 759
  • Seminar
  • 6
  • English
  • 825