This course is discontinued

MF9290 – Introduction to multidisciplinary research in psychiatry and addiction

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Course content

The course covers principal methodological challenges in psychiatric research such as the assessment of persons with reduced ability to give informed consent, cross-cultural challenges and interviews as a research method.

Learning outcome

The primary goal of the course is to give new PhD students knowledge of the specific challenges in psychiatric research at an early stage of their education. For example; how to examine patients with altered thought processes, how to understand psychiatric symptoms in cross-cultural context and how to use patient information collected through interviews and survey methods. The course will also provide an introduction to modern psychiatric research methods and how to apply these across thematic and professional boundaries. In addition the course provides a short introduction to the most commonly applied quantitative and qualitative statistical methods as a basis for later participation in more expert courses.


Ph.D. candidates and students at the Medical Student Research Programme will get first priority to the course. Maximum number of particpants is 15.

Registration in the StudentWeb -
Autumn semester 1st June to 1st September
Spring semester 1st December to 1st Februar

Registration for applicants without access to the StudentWeb -
Autumn semester 1st June to 1st September
Spring semester 1st December to 1st Februar

Applicants will be notified by email 1 - 2 weeks after the final date for registration.


Recommended previous knowledge

The obligatory Introductory course to the medical Ph.D programme, knowledge of SPSS.


Course periode 5.10.- 8.10.2015

The course is organized as full day teaching over 5 days with a total of 25 lecturing-hours, and includes lectures and some group exercises.

NB! You have to participate in at least 80 % of the teaching to be allowed to take the exam. Attendance at lectures will be registered.


A take home exam upon completion of the course with a two-week response period, will evaluate whether the learning goals are reached. The exam will be based on how these aspects are handled in the candidate's own PhD project. Grading: pass/fail.

Explanations and appeals


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Facts about this course






Spring and autumn


Spring and autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)