Course syllabus for

Degree Project for Master's Degree (60 credits) in Odontological Prophylaxis, 30 credits

Examensarbete för magisterexamen i odontologisk profylaktik, 30 hp
This course has been cancelled, for further information see Transitional provisions in the last version of the syllabus.
Please note that the course syllabus is available in the following versions:
Autumn2011 , Autumn2014 , Autumn2018
Course code
Course name
Degree Project for Master's Degree (60 credits) in Odontological Prophylaxis
30 credits
Form of Education
Higher Education, study regulation 2007
Main field of study 
Odontological Prophylaxis 
Second cycle, contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits) 
Grading scale
Fail (U) or pass (G)
Department of Dental Medicine
Decided by
Styrelsen för utbildning
Decision date
Revised by
Education committee DENTMED
Last revision
Course syllabus valid from
Autumn 2018

Specific entry requirements

Bachelor's degree in odontological prophylaxis and the course Theory and methodology of science in odontology, 15 credits, or the equivalent. In addition, further 15 credits in completed courses are required. And proficiency in Swedish and English equivalent to Swedish B/Swedish 3 and English A/English 6.


On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of odontological prophylaxis, with a particular focus on the chosen field
  • identify and design research questions
  • show advanced knowledge of scientific methods and apply the acquired knowledge to the field of odontological prophylaxis
  • reflect on and apply ethical aspects in their own research area
  • systematically search for and collect relevant data
  • critically review, evaluate and synthesise information
  • independently plan and complete a written project a within a given time-frame, which contributes to the development of knowledge in odontological prophylaxis
  • demonstrate an ability to, orally and in writing, communicate with others, regarding their own knowledge, conclusions and arguments
  • evaluate their own work and scientific contribution, and show insight into the possibilities and limitations of research
  • identify and take responsibility for their own need of further knowledge


The student independently plans and completes a research project in the field of odontological prophylaxis. The student is trained in the different aspects of the research process, including critical review of literature, data collection and analysis, as well as in giving oral presentations. By giving feedback on another student's work, the student's critical review skills are further enhanced.
The quality and scope of the project should correspond to a publishable article for a scientific journal in the dental field. The project is written in Swedish and is supplemented with a summary in English.

Teaching methods

The main part of the course is dedicated to the completion of the project, which is implemented with the consultation of a selected supervisor. The progress is continuously monitored in scheduled seminars. There are also scheduled lectures on the selected topics.
Compulsory attendance is required at the seminars and lectures. The course coordinator decides whether, and if so how, absence from compulsory course elements can be made up.
The seminars and lectures are held at the Department of Dental Medicine, Huddinge, while the research project is carried out either at the Department of Dental Medicine, Huddinge or elsewhere under the guidance of an appointed supervisor.


Written presentation of the research plan; after the research plan is approved, the experiment or collection of material and data may proceed.
Written and oral progress report of the research project at a half-time seminar.
Written and oral presentation of the project at a seminar, as well as a written and oral peer review of another student's project.
If the student does not pass the half-time examination, does not submit the assignments related to the written project by the scheduled time, or does not attend the examination, they must wait until the next examination opportunity. Examinations are carried out once a semester.

Transitional provisions

The course has been cancelled and was offered for the last time in the autumn semester of 2019. Examination will be provided until the autumn of 2021 for students who have not completed the course. The course has been replaced with another, and examination will be provided according to the guidelines in the syllabus for 2QA293.

Other directives

Language of instruction: Swedish

Literature and other teaching aids

Recommended literature

Wallén, Göran Vetenskapsteori och forskningsmetodik
Brunette, Donald Maxwell Critical thinking : understanding and evaluating dental research
Riegelman, Richard K. Studying a study and testing a test : how to read the medical evidence