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Master Thesis in Pre Hospital Critical Care

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

The master thesis is an independent scientific work on a selected topic within Pre-hospital Critical Care. The aim of the thesis is to further develop the competence the student has acquired previously in the master program. The topic must be based on medical and health science, and discussed in relation to relevant literature. Research design must show scientific method for collecting and analysing relevant data within the field, and be in accordance with research ethics.
Through the work on the thesis, the student will, on a theoretical and / or empirical basis, further develop the competence acquired through the other parts of the master program. Upon completion of the master's program, the student will be eligible for admission to PhD studies.
A student guideline is available for the writing of the Master thesis in Pre-hospital Critical Care (30sp).

Learning outcome

A candidate who has completed hers or his master thesis should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
The candidate
  • Can demonstrate in depth knowledge in a specific area of prehospital critical care and apply this knowledge in the development of a research project
  • Has advanced knowledge of the academic subject area chosen in relation to Pre-Hospital Critical Care
  • Can Explain the principles of research ethics, scientific health laws and regulations

The candidate:
  • Is able to justify the choice of research issues related to theory and clinical practice
  • Can carry out a systematic literature search
  • Is able to discuss a research problem related to relevant literature and clinical practice
  • Is able to consider ethical considerations in research
  • Is able to analyse, critically appraise previous research in theoretical and clinical issues
  • Is able to plan and conduct an independent, limited research or development project under supervision
  • Can contribute to new thinking and innovation in the field of Pre-Hospital Critical Care

General Competence
The candidate:
Is able to demonstrate the ability of analytical thinking and interpretation of knowledge / results that the task has brought forward with regard to pre-hospital critical care


The course consists of thesis seminars focusing on theme, research ethics and research methodology, a written individual master thesis corresponding to 30 credits and a seminar presentation.
A project description for the master's thesis must be prepared, and be approved by the thesis supervisor before work on the master thesis can commence.
The candidate can choose either qualitative or quantitative method as a methodological approach to the master thesis. It is also possible to prepare a systematic literature review or a clinical guideline

Required prerequisite knowledge

All other modules (90 sp) must be passed before the master thesis can be submitted for evaluation.


Weight Duration Marks Aid
Master thesis and presentation1/1 A - F
The master thesis must be written etiher as a monograph, a scientific paper or as a clinical guideline.
A monograph must be 17 500 words (+/- 10%).
A scientific paper must be ready for submission to a relevant per review scientific journal and be accompanied by a resume of 7000 words (+/- 10%).
The development of an evidence based clinical guideline must follow the guidelines in AGREE II (Appraisal of Guidelines for Research & Evaluation II). The clinical guideline must be ready for peer review, and be accompanied by a resume of 7000 words (+/- 10%). Two students can choose to develop a clinical guideline together, but if so; the resume must be individual.
After submitting the thesis, students must present their project during a master project seminar. The presentation is not graded, but in order to complete the course and recieve ETCS for the master thesis, the thesis must be passed and the presentation completed.

Coursework requirements

80% attendance at Master thesis seminars, Project description
  1. Project description for Master thesis (must be approved before the end of the 6th term for part time students, and before the end of the 2nd term for full time students)

Course teacher(s)

Study Program Director
Per Kristian Hyldmo
Course coordinator
Elisabeth Jeppesen

Method of work

Literature studies, master thesis seminars, individual studies and mentoring sessions (individual and in groups). Individual mentoring is offered up to 10 hours during the work on the master thesis. In addition, compulsory master thesis seminars are held with presentation of the project. This is further outlined in the Master thesis Guideline.

Open to

Prehospital Critical Care (PHCC) Emergency Medical Care - Master Degree Program

Course assessment

Student evaluation of this course will be conducted in accordance with faculty requirements.


In addition to the reading list in research ethics, up to 100 pages of literature associated with research methodology can be added.
Suggested reading:
Den nasjonale forskningsetiske komité for samfunnsvitenskap og humaniora (NESH) (2006). Forskningsetiske retningslinjer for samfunnsvitenskap, humaniora, juss og teologi.http://www.etikkom.no/Forskningsetikk/Etiske-retningslinjer/Samfunnsvitenskap-jus-og-humaniora/
Forskrift om behandling av etikk og redelighet i forskning. 08.06.2007: http://www.lovdata.no/dokument/SF/forskrift/2007-06-08-593
Lov om medisinsk og helsefaglig forskning (Helseforskningsloven). 20.06.08: http://www.lovdata.no/dokument/NL/lov/2008-06-20-44
Lov om behandling av etikk og redelighet i forskning (Forskningsetikkloven). 30.06.2006: http://www.lovdata.no/dokument/NL/lov/2006-06-30-56
Ruyter, K.W., Førde, R. & Solbakk, J. H. (2014). Medisinsk og helsefaglig etikk. (3. utg) Oslo: Gyldendal Akademiske. Kap 4, s 187-273 (86s).
World Medical Association (2013). Ethical principles for medical research involving human subjects.
In Declaration of Helsinki, Brasil: http://www.etikkom.no/Forskningsetikk/Etiske-retningslinjer/Medisinog-helse/Helsinki-deklarasjonen/
Nygaard, L.P. (2008). Writing for Scholars. A Practical Guide to Making Sense and Being Heard. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget.
Busch,T. (2013). Akademisk skriving for bachelor- og masterstudenter. Bergen: Fagbokforlaget.
Forskningsetiske retningslinjer for samfunnsvitenskap, humaniora, juss og teologi. Forskningsetiske komiteer, 2006. (39 s). http://www.etikkom.no
Helsinki-­-deklarasjonen (1964): Etiske prinsipper for medisinsk forskning som omfatter mennesker. (4 s.) http://www.etikkom.no
Solbakk, J.H. (2007).Medisinsk og helsefaglig etikk. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget. (2. utgave), Kap.4:, s. 182 - 238. (56 s)
Changes or adjustments to the reading list can occur and will be published on Canvas no later than the start of the semester.

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

Sist oppdatert: 28.05.2020