Course content

The master’s thesis is a research report written at the end of the master's degree in Health Economics, Policy and Management. The master’s thesis must satisfy academic standards for publications. The thesis must include a clearly specified research objective. The thesis must provide arguments for the choice of methods used to meet the research objective.

In general there are two main formats of the master thesis:

  1. A scientific paper, written as it will be published, will be around 20 pages. In addition you will include a more thorough explanation of the subject.
  2. A paper of 40 to 60 pages which include own research, a literature review or theory.

If you choose to write your master thesis in cooperation with a fellow student, you must follow special requirements.

Supervisors are formally appointed by the Master Thesis Committee, confer “Teaching” below.

Please see information regarding format and how to submit your thesis.

Learning outcome

The aim of the thesis course is to enable the student to do independent scientific work.

If you are uncertain with respect to what topic/research issue to choose you should pursue one of the following strategies: (a) get in contact with staff members for an informal discussion of possible topics, (b) consult the person(s) teaching HMET4210: Research Design, (c) looking at some suggested master thesis topics. Looking at some of the completed master thesis' at the Department can also be useful.


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This course is only offered to students at the master's programme in Health Economics, Policy and Management.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

The thesis supervisor can only be formally appointed if HMM4104a or HMET4210 has been completed and a total of 60 ETCS credits on the master’s programme is approved.

All other courses in the master's programme have to be approved (or approved in the same semester) by the time the thesis is submitted.


The writing of the master’s thesis is assisted by individual supervision. Students must submit an application form to have an supervisor appointed  within the deadlines, May 15th and November 15th. Students have the option to suggest a supervisor. Supervisors are formally appointed by the Master Thesis Committee. The Master Thesis Committee will normally appoint a supervisor within one month after the application deadlines.

A supervisor Contract must be completed and signed by the student and the supervisor after the first supervision meeting. This contract shall be delivered to the student adviser of your program. 

Suggested master topics
The faculty has suggested master topics relevant for the programme.

Some relevant topics ordered by Oslo Kommune can be found here (Norwegian only).

Preparations for data collection
When working on your master thesis proposal you must notify the Norwegian Social Science Data Services (NSD) about your project. Please see the Notification form for the Data Protection Official for Research
After been appointed a supervisor, you and your supervisor must evaluate whether you need to send an application to the Regional Commitee for Medical and Health Research Ethics (REK)


• Thesis. The deadlines for submitting a thesis are May 15th at 1100h and November 15th at 1100h. If a deadline falls on a weekend or public holiday, the deadline will be advanced to the first preceding working day.

• Oral exam, after the thesis is approved.

Please find information regarding the format and how to submit your master thesis.


The Board at the University of Oslo has decided to introduce detailed guidelines for all examinations, which take place at the University. The description of the grading should be clear and transparent. This is done to ensure alignment between learning outcomes, assignments, and grading. The Faculty of Medicine has developed a web page with information regarding exams and the grading procedures (norwegian version).

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.


Language of examination

For students at HEPAM: The problem set will be given in English. Answers can be given in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or in English

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

The oral examination may adjust the thesis grade .

Explanations and appeals


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

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