Syllabus for Master's Thesis in Global Health

Masteruppsats i global hälsa

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  • 30 credits
  • Course code: 3PE148
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Global Health A2E

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle
    G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

    Second cycle
    A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2016-05-19
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2019-12-18
  • Revised by: The Master Programmes Board of the Faculty of Medicine
  • Applies from: week 01, 2020
  • Entry requirements: University degree, minimum of 180 credits in medicine, nursing, nutrition or another area relevant to global health. All applicants need to verify English language proficiency. This is normally attested by means of an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS. Applicants must have passed Global Health 1 or equivalent.
  • Responsible department: Department of Women's and Children's Health

Learning outcomes

The goal of the course is that the students will learn from practical experience how to design and carry out research projects in health and will gain the knowledge and skills needed for entrance into research training within the field of international health.

At the end of the course students will be able to:

  • Plan and design research projects independently
  • Have knowledge and experience regarding a variety of research methods appropriate to International health
  • Implement research projects
  • Analyse and evaluate research results and write a scientific report
  • Design health research projects under conditions of limited recourses, such as in low- and middle income countries or in humanitarian crises
  • Have knowledge and sensitivity to do such research successfully in other countries and in transcultural situations
  • Have developed capacity to write and communicate on a high academic level


The course consists of an individual degree thesis project. Under the guidance of a supervisor and during seminars, the student identifies and reads relevant literature, designs the thesis project, and selects appropriate methods. In particular, they develop further their ability to find and store information from printed and electronic sources. Critique and argumentation will be trained especially within the scheduled seminars.

Every thesis outline must be cleared by the supervisor, and where applicable the research ethics committee, before the research is begun.

In most cases, studies aim at analysing secondary data or policy documents. In extraordinary circumstances, the project involves data collection conducted in the field.

Degree projects in global health are expected to focus on a health issue in a low- or middle-income country, in a humanitarian crisis, or in a marginalised population, or deal with topics that are of a global concern, like emerging disease threats and antibiotic resistance. Topics should relate to the Sustainable Development Goals (Agenda 2030).

The completed work is presented in a written master's thesis. The work is also presented at a seminar.


The learning process is based on seminars where fellow students work are discussed, the execution of an independent thesis project, and the presentation of that project in written and verbal form.


To receive a final grade for the course, the student need to pass a written thesis, a seminar presentation and carry out an opposition of another thesis. If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.

All examinations are in English.

Reading list

The reading list is missing. For further information, please contact the responsible department.