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Master (one year) thesis in Occupational Therapy 15 credits

Examensarbete magister arbetsterapi
Second cycle, A7027H
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2020 Sp 2 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
Occupational Therapy
Subject group (SCB)
Therapy, Rehabilitation and Dietary Treatment

Entry requirements


More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim

After having completed the course, the student must have independently completed a thesis in occupational therapy under supervision at second cycle and with a scientific and ethical approach have demonstrated:


  • The ability to prepare a suitable schedule in which the allocation of time frames and tasks for the execution of the thesis are described.
  • Knowledge of and ability to analyse, critically evaluate and describe relevant literature, scientific studies and theories of occupational therapy, along with related subject areas as a basis for scientific work.
  • Knowledge of and ability to identify and formulate scientific problems and issues of relevance to the subject, profession and society.
  • Ability to provide in-depth justification for choice of suitable methods, as well as in-depth knowledge of methods for the execution of data collection, analysis and presentation of data.
  • Knowledge of and ability to synthesise, discuss and critically evaluate results and their contribution to the subject, profession and society.
  • Knowledge of and ability to discuss and critically evaluate method and ethical aspects, as well as the ability to identify future needs for development in knowledge.
  • The ability to prepare a written scientific report of the thesis, which has an advanced logic and communicative structure and documents the above knowledge and abilities.
  • The ability to provide a clear, verbal explanation, justification, argument, defence and discussion of the thesis on the basis of knowledge of scientific methodology, ethics, occupational therapy and related subject areas in accordance with the practice of the public discussion of scientific studies.
  • The ability to provide a verbal evaluation of, opposition to and discussion of another thesis on the basis of knowledge of scientific methodology, ethics, occupational therapy and related subject areas in accordance with practice of the public discussion of scientific studies.


Project plan design
Execution of project work
Scientific report design
Defence of own thesis
Critical review and opposition to another thesis


The course is provided via distance learning and is web-based. Experience with computers, access to the internet and a headset and webcam are required for the studies. The course has its educational foundation in the LTU educational concept. This approach is characterised by each student being inspired to engage, along with independent and active learning that challenges their abilities. The student will actively seek out and solve problems through an investigative and critically reflective approach. The course is coordinated with students in the Master’s programme in physiotherapy with an advanced subject specialisation. Learning in the course occurs through literature studies, lectures, seminars, oral and written presentations, as well as a self-directed advanced study project.


All learning outcomes are examined through a written essay, its defence at a seminar and opposition to another thesis. Grading criteria for a Pass or Pass (with distinction) are specified in the study guide.


The course may be provided in English.

Anneli Nyman

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2020 Sp 2 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Backman, J. (2016). Rapporter och uppsatser (3,[rev] uppl ed.). Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Carter, R., & Lubinsky, J. (2015). Rehabilitation research: principles and applications. Elsevier Health Sciences.
Friberg, F. (Ed.). (2017). Dags för uppsats: vägledning för litteraturbaserade examensarbeten. Studentlitteratur.
Holloway, I., & Galvin, K. (2016). Qualitative research in nursing and healthcare. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.
Höglund Nielsen, B., & Granskär, M. Tillämpad kvalitativ forskning inom hälso-och sjukvård. 3. uppl. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Kvale, S., & Brinkmann, S. (2014). Den kvalitativa forskningsintervjun. 3.[rev.] uppl. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Willman, A., Nilsson, R., Sandström, B., & Bahtsevani, C. (2016). Evidensbaserad omvårdnad: en bro mellan forskning och klinisk verksamhet. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Statens beredning för medicinsk och social utvärdering (SBU) (2017). Utvärdering av metoder i hälso- och sjukvården och insatser i socialtjänsten. En handbok. Stockholm: SBU

Articles and reports will be added

Course offered by
Department of Health, Education and Technology

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Degree projectU G VG15.00MandatoryS21Yes

Guidelines for degree project » 
Syllabus established
by Dean at Department of Health Sciences 21 Feb 2020

Last revised
by 19 Aug 2020