INTHE4006 – Literature Review and Research Question Seminar

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Course content

The course INTHE4006 Literature Review and Research Question is the start of the students' research preparation. Independently of whether students have already decided their research topic for their master's thesis, it is necessary to do a review of existing research in order to identify gaps in the literature, and to justify their own projects. The course topic the student selects must be in line with his/her research question. It must be agreed upon by the student and his/her main supervisor early in the literature review process.

Learning outcome

With this course, you will become familiar with and learn to identify the most relevant textbooks, reviews, papers and journals for their research topics. During the course you will also learn how to critically read and assess research papers and reviews. The review should point to research gaps that can be opertionalised into feasible research questions.

Learning objectives:
a) To learn to review and assess scientific literature critically.
b) To write and present an overview of the relevant literature for a specific research topic.


The course will be held as a two day seminar early in the spring semester.


Home examination


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).

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit your assignment.

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

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

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Every spring


Every spring

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