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Høst 2017

HEL-8031 Systematic Reviews - 2 stp

The course is administrated by

Faculty of Health Sciences

Type of course

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

The course is organised by the Clinical Research Department at the University Hospital of Northern Norway (UNN) in Tromsø and the Department of Clinical Medicine at the Faculty of Health Sciences, UiT The Arctic University of Norway.

Course contents

The course will provide learning and practical experience for many aspects of systematic reviewing, including question formulation, setting the eligibility criteria, searching and critical appraisal of studies, data extraction, analysis, and reporting. Examples used to illustrate the key steps will be relevant to the participants, who should leave the course with much greater ability to use systematic reviews for decision-making and more confidence in their ability to conduct a systematic review.

Application deadline

Registration deadline for PhD students and students at the Student Research Program at Uit - The Arctic University of Norway: August 1st

Application deadline for external applicants: June 1st. Application code in SøknadsWeb is 9303

Admission requirements

PhD students, students at a Student Research Program or holders of a Norwegian master´s degree of five years or 3+ 2 years (or equivalent) may be admitted.

PhD students from other universities must upload a document from their home institution stating that there 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.

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:

Proficiency in english - PhD level studies


This course has a maximum capacity of 15 students.

If there are more applicants than available spaces in the course, students will be given priority from category 1 to 5:

1. PhD students affiliated with the national network 'Norwegian Research School in Medical Imaging' (MedIm).

2. PhD students, research fellows and students participating in the Medical Student Research Programme at UiT The Arctic University of Norway (not affiliated with MedIm).

3. Participants in the Associate Professor Programme.

4. PhD students and students at a Medical Student Research Programme at other universities (not affiliated with MedIm).

5. People who have minimum a master's degree or equivalent, but have not been admitted to a PhD programme.


For more information regarding PhD courses at the Faculty of Health Sciences go to:

Objective of the course


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Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Interactive lectures and group work.


Home assignment/multiple choice based on 1-2 systematic review papers. The exam will be graded as passed or not passed.

The assignments may be completed in English.


Work requirements: Participation in lectures.


Students who do not pass the exam will be offered a re-sit exam the following semester.

Date for examination

Take-home assignment/multiple choice hand in date 06.11.2017 hand out date 25.09.2017

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced at your faculty early in May and early in November.

Recommended reading/syllabus

General background


Protocol development


Study identification


Data gathering


Quality assessment


Statistical analysis


Reporting reviews


Appraising systematic reviews

Lectures Autumn 2017