Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

During the cand. med.-programme the students will undertake an independent scientific project, or an innovation project. The topic of the thesis may originate from a medical discipline, or in the intersection between a medical discipline and other academic fields, e.g. technology or pedagogy. During this scientific work, they will develop their scientific thinking and knowledge of scientific methods, and they will accumulate experience with data handling and literature search in medical disciplines or other relevant subjects. They will also learn to express themselves in scientific writing with appropriate terminology and language. For innovation projects, they will complete a project that demonstrates how entrepreneurship in science-based innovation, or service development in service innovation, may be performed.

Learning Outcomes

After completion of the thesis, the student possesses the following competence:


The student knows

  • the characteristics of scientific thinking and methods
  • the characteristics of innovation and entrepreneurship, and which methods they are founded upon
  • the ethical rules that apply to scientific and innovative work, e.g. with regards to personal data
  • how a scientific article should be structured


The student is able to

  • locate, understand, and analyze scientific literature
  • assess whether an article complies with fundamental scientific principles
  • select appropriate methods for the problems raised in their thesis
  • work independently under academic supervision
  • present their own and other scientific or innovative work written and orally in an understandable and precise manner
  • work with the methods required for conducting research, scientific dissemination, entrepreneurship or service innovation

General competence

The student

  • can reflect upon the role of research and innovation in producing knowledge, and its relevance for clinical practice
  • demonstrates a responsible attitude towards ethics and honest conduct in research and innovation
  • demonstrates a critical, but positive, attitude towards research results, and has, when applicable, an understanding of when and how scientific results may be developed towards innovative solutions

ECTS Credits

20 ECTS credits

Level of Study


Semester of Instruction

Autumn and spring
Required Previous Knowledge
Completed MED9
Recommended Previous Knowledge
The course ELMED223-A Innovation and entrepreneurship is recommended for students who wish to write a thesis on topics within innovation and entrepreneurship
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Access to the Course programme
Teaching and learning methods

Work on the thesis is founded on several elements from the cand. med.-degree programme which are parts of the academic track: Statistics, epidemiology, literature search and reading, research ethics and publication ethics. A seminar with relevant topics for thesis work is also provided in the 6th semester.

Thesis work is supervised, and a contract with the supervisor regarding topic and framework must be signed before work on the thesis commences.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
  • The students are to submit a project description with a set deadline in the 8th semester. This must be approved.
  • The thesis must be presented in a relevant academic forum, and the presentation must be approved by the student's supervisor.
  • The thesis must be ready for presentation in a joint event at the end of the 10th semester.
  • Forms of Assessment
    The thesis will be assessed by an internal examiner. There are guidelines for this assessment.
    Grading Scale
    Assessment Semester
    Autumn and spring
    Reading List
    Course Evaluation
    Evaluation of the course is part of the purview of the student reference committee for each admission cohort, and of the written evaluation by the study programme.
    Programme Committee
    Programme Committee for Medicine
    Course Administrator
    Faculty of medicine