Master Thesis in Prehospital Critical Care (MPHMAS)

The master's thesis is an independent scientific work on a selected topic within Prehospital Critical Care. The aim of the thesis is to further develop the competence the student has acquired previously in the master's programme. The topic must be based on medical and health science, and discussed in relation to relevant literature. The research design must show an adequate scientific method for collecting and analyzing 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's programme. Upon completion of the master's programme, the student will be eligible for admission to PhD studies.

A student guideline is available for the writing of the Master's thesis in Pre-hospital Critical Care (30 ECTS credits).

Course description for study year 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.


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The course consists of thesis seminars focusing on theme, research ethics and research methodology, and a written individual master thesis corresponding to 30 ECTS credits.

A project description for the master's thesis must be prepared, and be approved by the thesis supervisor before further work on the master thesis can commence.

The candidate can choose either qualitative or quantitative methods as a methodological approach to the master thesis. It is also possible to prepare a systematic literature review or a clinical guideline

Learning outcome

A candidate who has completed this course should have achieved 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 Prehospital Critical Care
  • Can explain the principles of research ethics, scientific health laws and regulations


The candidate

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

General Competence

The candidate

  • Can demonstrate the ability of analytical thinking and interpretation of knowledge / results that the task has brought forward regarding prehospital critical care

Required prerequisite knowledge

All other courses (90 ECTS credits) must be passed before the master's thesis can be submitted for evaluation.


Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Master thesis and presentation 1/1 Letter grades

The master thesis must be written either 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 reviewed 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.

Coursework requirements

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)
  2. Students must attend the two Master thesis seminars

Course teacher(s)

Course teacher:

Daniel Adrian Lungu

Course teacher:

Matthew Hilditch

Study Program Director:

Per Kristian Hyldmo

Course coordinator:

Daniel Adrian Lungu

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's thesis. In addition, two compulsory master thesis seminars (one in the spring and one in the autumn) are held with presentation of the project. This is further outlined in the Master Thesis Guideline.

Open for

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

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course coordinator, the student representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital course evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


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