Before applying

This checklist is intended to be used during the planning of your research year.
For detailed information on the application process, please see How to apply.

Do you meet your Master's programme's criteria for being admitted to the Master's thesis semester?

Please make sure you meet your Masters's programme’s criteria for being admitted to the Master's thesis semester.
If you do not meet the criteria, you must obtain a dispensation from the study board before you begin your research year.

Have you planned when to take leave of absence?

How your research year should be  planned, depends on your Master's programme. Usually, you will have leave of absence during the first period of your research year. Find more information here

Team up with a supervisor and write a project proposal

Your project proposal must be made in collaboration with a supervisor who is willing to guide you through your research project and the research year.
Your supervisor must be a senior researcher at the Faculty of Health Sciences (ass. professor or professor).

You may also have one or more co-supervisors. Co-supervisors can be other senior researchers or PhD students.

The project proposal should account for:

  • Thesis/purpose/hypothesis
  • Methods and materials (extent of material, number of measurements, extent of journal data)
  • Ethics
  • Timeline (project and sub-projects, courses, dissemination activities, writing of manuscript)
  • Feasibility (Are the necessary facilities available? Can the project be completed in one year? Is your role in the project clearly described?)
  • Name of your supervisor(s)
  • References

Your project proposal should not exceed 4 pages, excluding references. It should be written in English or in one of the Scandinavian languages.

Have you planned your course participation during the research year?

As a student researcher you may participate in up to three PhD courses offered by the Faculty of Health Sciences. Please discuss your choice of PhD courses with your supervisor. There will be no course fee for your course participation.
You may also participate in other PhD courses, but you may then have to pay a course fee. Unfortunately, the Graduate School does not offer subsidies for research year student's course participation. 

 Is the funding in place?

You and your supervisor must make sure that you have the necessary funding for running costs such as travel expenses and materials. And you would probably like to have some funding of your living expenses as well.

Do you have the necessary approvals?

Please discuss with your supervisor if you need approvals from e.g. the Regional Research Ethics Committee. These approvals must be in place before you begin your research year.