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Master thesis in Physiotherapy, orthopedic manual therapy 30 credits

Examensarbete Master Fysioterapi inriktning Ortopedisk manuell terapi
Second cycle, S7031H
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2020 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Subject group (SCB)
Therapy, Rehabilitation and Dietary Treatment
Main field of study
Physiotherapy, Physiotherapy

Entry requirements

Scientific Methodology, advanced level 15 credits (S7022H; mom 5 S7018H; mom 4 S7013H; mom 3, 4 S7023H; mom 5, 6 S7026H; mom 6 S7027H), or equivalent study merits.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
On completion of the course, the student should independently have completed a degree project in Physiotherapy with specialisation in orthopaedic manual therapy encompassing 30 credits for second-cycle studies and with this shown: 
  • The ability to manage the time provided for carrying out the degree project.
  • An extensive knowledge of physiotherapy and advanced knowledge within the field of the degree project as well as an advanced understanding of relevant research and development.
  • The ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge from scientific studies and theory concerning physiotherapy and relevant subject areas into the degree project.
  • The ability to critically, independently and creatively identify problems and formulate research questions of relevance that can lead to the development of knowledge within physiotherapy.
  • The ability to plan, and with appropriate methods carry out data collection, analysis and presentation of the data and other essential facts related to the research question of the degree project.
  • The ability to critically and systematically synthesise and evaluate results and their contributions to knowledge creation, with consideration of relevant scientific, social and ethical aspects of the degree project.
  • An awareness of ethical aspects of research and development.
  • The ability to prepare a scientific degree project in writing and thereby clearly account for and discuss conclusions and the underlying knowledge and arguments on which they are based as well as demonstrate an understanding of the possibilities and limitations of science and its role in society. 
  • The ability to orally discuss the conclusions, knowledge and arguments on which the degree project is based during the defence session.
  • The ability to orally discuss the conclusions, as well as the knowledge and arguments, of another degree project during opposition sessions.

  • Designing the project plan.
  • Carrying out an ethical application for the project.
  • Carrying out the project.
  • Designing a scientific report according to prevalent international standards in physiotherapy.
  • Defending the final project.
  • Conduct a critical examination and opposition for another final project in the course.  

In order to complete the course, the student should actively seek knowledge and solve problems using an inquiring and critically reflective approach. This means that the student should take responsibility by actively contributing to the achievement of course objectives through the planning of content and time. The student works individually. During the course, the student follows the research process by treating literature and articles, collecting and analysing data to write up in an academic paper. The contents of the course are processed through supervision, oral and written presentations for students and teachers and oral discussions in seminars. The course also includes two examinations with opposition and defence.  Course requirement is attendance and an active participation in examination seminars where the student functions as opponent or respondent, but also at additional seminars, and preparation of a time plan for the degree project.

All aims are evaluated through written essay, its defence at a seminar and through opposition of another essay (Test 0001, 30 credits). Grading criteria for pass and pass with distinction are stated in the study guide. A pass grade also requires e-publication of the essay according to LTU's instructions

Study supervision can be found in the learning management system at the beginning of the course.

Ulrik Röijezon

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2015 Sp 1
* Carter, R et al (2011) Rehabilitation research. Principles and applications Elsevier Health Sciences, ISBN: 9781437708400.
Lindahl M, Juhl C. Från argumentation till uppsats. Gleerup, Malmö. 2014. ISBN: 9789140681492.

Supplied complete material
Template for reference management according to the Vancouver-system:
Model for reference management. Abbreviated Swedish translation and interpretation of APA - the system of the Red Cross Higher Education Institution
Utvärdering av metoder i hälso- och sjukvården -En handbok
( --En-handbok/).

Recommended depending on specialisation of degree project
Granskär, M. & Höglund-Nielsen, B. (2008) Tillämpad kvalitativ forskning inom Hälso-och sjukvård. Studentlitteratur AB. Lund.
Friberg, F. (2006) Dags för uppsats: vägledning för litteraturbaserade examensarbeten (litteraturuppsatser).
Trost, J. (2007) Enkätboken, Studentlitteratur.

Own searched literature depending on the problem area of the degree project

Course offered by
Department of Health Sciences

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Degree thesisU G VG *30.00MandatoryA15Yes

Guidelines for degree project » 
Syllabus established
by 12 Feb 2015

Last revised
by Dean of Department of Health Sciences 17 May 2020