spring 2020
HEL-8024 Quantitative Research Methods - 3 ECTS

Last changed 22.09.2020

Application deadline

PhD students and students at the Student Research Program at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway register for class and exam by September 1st for sutumn semester and February 1st for spring semester.

Other applicants apply by June 1st for autumn semester and December 1st for spring semester. Application code 9303 in Søknadsweb.

Type of course

PhD course. This course is available as a singular course.

Admission requirements

PhD students or holders of a Norwegian master´s degree of five years or 3+ 2 years (or equivalent) may be admitted. PhD students must upload a document from their university stating that they are registered PhD students. This group of applicants does not have to prove English proficiency and are exempt from semester fee.

Holders of a Master´s degree must upload a Master´s Diploma with Diploma Supplement / English translation of the diploma. Applicants from listed countries must document proficiency in English. To find out if this applies to you see the following list:https://www.nokut.no/en/surveys-and-databases/nokuts-country-database/GSU-list/

Proficiency in English must be documented - list of countries

For more information on accepted English proficiency tests and scores, as well as exemptions from the English proficiency tests, please see the following document: https://uit.no/Content/254419/PhD_EnglishProficiency_100913.pdf

Proficiency in English - PhD level studies  

It is recommended that you take this course early in your PhD study and after having taken HEL-8010.

Course content

The aim of the course is to provide an introduction to basic concepts in statistics and the theoretical foundations for basic statistics that are relevant across most branches of the health sciences. The objective is to introduce the students to descriptive statistics e. g. central tendency and dispersion as well as to inferential statistics based on probability distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing and scientific study designs. Furthermore, the course teaches t-test, correlation analysis and basics for regression analyses.

Objectives of the course


By the end of this course, the candidate has knowledge that enables him/her to:

  • organize the basic concepts in statistics, such as central tendency and variance and be able to discuss their theoretical foundations
  • be able to judge types of probability distributions
  • be able to organize different study designs
  • discuss the concept of a confidence interval
  • discuss the principle behind a significance test
  • is able to check the assumptions for performing t-tests


skills and competence

By the end of this course, the candidate has skills that enables him/her to:

  • conduct a hypothesis test comparing two means (t-test)
  • carrying out a correlation/partial correlation analysis and reporting the results according to publication standards, and interpreting the results
  • perform simple regression analyses
  • report the results of a statistical analysis according to publication standards
  • to calculate effect sizes and p values

Language of instruction

The instruction language will be in English given attendance from foreign students.

Teaching methods

The course consists of four full teaching days and combines introductory lectures with exercises/examples for group work or plenary discussions. A high degree of participant involvement and activity is expected.

The topics for the four days will be:

Day 1: Variables and research/study design

Day 2: Descriptive statistics, probability, sampling and distributions

Day 3: Correlations/partial correlations and regression

Day 4: Hypothesis testing and significance testing, t-test



Written exam graded as pass/fail. The exam will contain a mixture of multiple choice questions and open-ended questions. Length of exam: 2 hours.

No re-sit exam will be given as the course is given continuously.


Course overlap

HEL-8012 Quantitative Research Methods 3 stp
  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 3
  • Course code: HEL-8024