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Høst 2019

HEL-8031 Systematic Reviews - 2 stp

The course is administrated by

Faculty of Health Sciences

Type of course

PhD course. This course is available for both program students and course students.

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: June 15th

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

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:

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 4:



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Teaching methods

Interactive lectures and group work.


Participation requirements: Participation in all lectures and group work.

Exam and evaluation: 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.

A re-sit exam will be arranged for this course.

Date for examination

Take-home assignment/multiple choice hand out date 09.09.2019 hand in date 07.10.2019

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

Lectures Autumn 2019