Thesis

Course content

The master’s thesis documents that the student is able to independently select and apply scientific methodologies, methods and theories in order to address and analyse a specific subject within global health. 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.

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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 methodologies used when addressing such problems, as well as critically discuss and prioritise among 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 regarding 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.

 

Competencies

  • 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 within 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 supervisors may be appointed as co-supervisors if additional expertise is needed (external supervisors are specialists working in other parts of the university or at other universities /research institutions). An external supervisor can only undertake supervision in cooperation with university staff and cannot receive payment for the supervision hours.

A thesis seminar is offered during the thesis period.

Supervision entitlements:
• 1 student: 60 hours
• 2 students in a group: 69 hours
• 3 students in a group: 78 hours

Students should have passed all mandatory courses.

Written
Oral
Individual
Collective
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)

Oral feedback as part of the supervision either individually or in groups.

Written assessment by final exam (in addition to the grade)

ECTS
30 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Oral defence, 45 under invigilation
Type of assessment details
The master’s thesis may be executed by a single student or by a group of maximum 3 students. When students write their thesis as a group, each student must contribute to the separate sections of the thesis, i.e., Introduction, Methodology, etc. The contributions made by each student must be clearly stated on a separate page with the title 'Identification of contributions'. This page must be inserted before the Abstract of the thesis.

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*

1 student = min. 40 - max. 75
2 students = min. 75 - max. 100
3 students = min. 100 - max. 125

*1 normal page equals approx. 2.400 keystrokes in size 12, font Times New Roman, line spacing: 1,5.
Number of keystrokes overrides number of pages (for example: 75 pages x 2.400 keystrokes/page = 180.000 keystrokes or 90 pages x 2.000 keystrokes/page = 180.000 keystrokes).

One table or figure/illustration equals 500 keystrokes regardless of format.

20 pages of appendices are allowed.

The maximum number of pages excludes identification of contributions, abstract, and table of content.

All pages must be paginated.

The thesis must include an abstract in English of no more than one A4 page (approx. 2.400 keystrokes).

The abstract must sum up the thesis problem, the methods applied, the main results, and the conclusion. The abstract will be included in the overall assessment of the Master’s thesis.

Oral defence:
The duration of the oral defence is 45-minutes including evaluation. Consisting of 10 minutes of oral presentation of the master's thesis followed by a scientific discussion focusing on the content of the thesis. The student is examined in the entire thesis content, also when the thesis is written by two or three students. If the thesis is written by two students, the duration of the oral exam is 90 minutes including evaluation. If the thesis is written by three students the duration of the oral exam is 135 minutes including evaluation.

If the student and the supervisor agree, it is possible to hold the oral exam online. Together, the student(s) and supervisor must decide:
- Whether the exam is to be held solely physically
- Whether the exam is to be held solely online
- Whether the external examiner can participate online if they wish.
In the external examiner online booking form, the supervisor must state if online oral exam is an option
Exam registration requirements

Students should have passed all mandatory courses.

Aid
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Exam period

The master’s thesis is assessed no later than 2 weeks after deadline for submission.

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 methodologies 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 regarding 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.

 

Competencies

  • 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. At the assessment of the master's thesis, both the academic content and the student's ability to convey such content will be taken into consideration. Please note that the abstract forms part of the overall assessment of the master's thesis.

 

The student will receive written feedback after the assessment of the thesis, in the form of a joint statement from the internal and external assessors, approx. 1-page (2.400 keystrokes).

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

Kursusinformation

Language
English
Course number
SGLK13010U
ECTS
30 ECTS
Programme level
Full Degree Master
Duration

2 blocks

Placement
Block 1, Block 2, Block 3 And Block 4
Schedulegroup
Only supervision.
Capacity
40 students. This course is not open to external students.
Studyboard
The Study Board for Public Health Science and Global Health
Contracting department
  • Department of Public Health
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Course Coordinator
  • Karin Linda Schiøler   (4-6d75656a4275777066306d7730666d)
Saved on the 04-04-2024

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