INTHE4012 – Master Thesis

Course content

3rd semester

In the third semester the students will collect data for their master's thesis through fieldwork. However, it is possible to write a master thesis based on an analysis of data previously collected by others or a meta-analysis based on literature studies.

4th semester
The fourth semester is dedicated to analysing data and editing the master's thesis. Mandatory lectures are offered in analysis of quantitative as well as qualitative data. The topics are:

  • How to get started
  • How to find the unexpected
  • How to interpret your findings (data analysis)
  • The use of software in coding and retrieving quantitative and qualitative data.
  • How to write a scientific paper
  • Workshops within quantitative and qualitative methods

Learning outcome

You will learn how to develop a scientific thesis.


This course is only available for master students already admitted into the MPhil programme in International Community Health.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Students who started the program in 2020 or later must have passed the following obligatory courses: INTHE4019, HELSEF4410, INTHE4020; INTHE4021, Research ethics (link will be published later), and either INTHE4022 or INTHE4023.

Students who started the program in 2017 - 2019 must have passed the following obligatory courses: INTHE4013, INTHE4014, INTHE4016, INTHE4017, INTHE4006, INTHE4007 and INTHE4008.

Student who started the program in 2016 or earlier must have passed the following obligatory courses: INTHE4000, INTHE4004, INTHE4006, INTHE4007 and INTHE4008.

In addition the student must have passed 15 credits of elective courses. Students who find elective courses outside the program they are interested in must get approval for the credits to be counted in the 15 credits of elective courses.


4th semester; the lectures starts in mid January, so the student should prepare to be back in Oslo after field work by then.


Master's thesis - guidelines and submission

See former master thesis in DUO


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


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.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






Every spring


Every spring

Teaching language