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2023/2024  KAN-CIHCO4000U  Master's Thesis

English Title
Master's Thesis

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 30 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Business Administration and Innovation in Health Care
Course coordinator
  • Claus Bøttcher Jørgensen - Department of Strategy and Innovation (SI)
Main academic disciplines
  • Innovation
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 25-01-2023

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Learning objectives
  • Develop a research problem by which an actual challenge in Health Care is productively connected to extant literature and to available data
  • Analyze qualitative and/or quantitative data using relevant methodologies, and demonstrating an understanding of the potentials and limitations of those methodologies
  • Identify the limitations of your study and possible ways of addressing those limitations
  • Provide consistency and coherence in the relationships between problem statement, analysis and conclusion
  • Explain and discuss the implications of research results for practices and problems in Health Care relevant in relation to business practice within the program's field of study
Master's Thesis:
Exam ECTS 30
Examination form Oral exam based on written product

In order to participate in the oral exam, the written product must be handed in before the oral exam; by the set deadline. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance, see also the rules about examination forms in the programme regulations.
Individual or group exam Individual oral exam based on written group product
Number of people in the group 2-3
Size of written product Max. 120 pages
max. 80 pages, if one student
max.120 pages, if two students are writing together
max. 160 pages, if three students are writing together
Assignment type Master's thesis
Release of assignment Subject chosen by students themselves, see guidelines if any
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
45 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Grading scale 7-point grading scale

The student’s spelling and writing skills are taken into consideration in the overall assessment of the examination performance, but the academic content is given the highest weight.
Regulations regarding the summary An abstract (max. one page) written in English must be part of the Master’s thesis. The abstract is included in the overall assessment of the thesis.

For rules regarding individual exams, see your programme regulations and my.cbs.dk.
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Summer
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
If the student has submitted their thesis, but is ill at the oral defense, a new defense will be arranged as soon as possible based on the thesis already submitted.
If the student receives a non-passing grade at the regular exam, they have used an exam attempt. It is then a requirement that the Master’s Thesis contract is renewed, i.e. the student must further clarify their original topic delimitation, which must then be approved by the thesis coordinator.
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

The thesis project addresses one or several interrelated problems in the development of a specific health care innovation. It presents data and analysis of these problems, considers and argues for a prioritization of solutions and weighs the pros and cons of its preferred solution. 

The data collection and analysis of this problem solving is based on the academic literature on relevant methods, theories and concepts. The relationship between this literature and the handling of innovation problems in the project is brought out by the thesis. The choice of methods and theory is considered in light of relevant alternatives in the literature. 

The thesis project is carried out in a setting of innovation practitioners, when possible in the form of an internship in relevant organisation in the health care system. Alternatively in another setting securing ongoing practitioner attention to the project.

The main study objectives of the thesis project is to apply and integrate the knowledge and skills acquired over the previous 90 ECTS of the program, to harness the ability to delimit and address well-fined problems, and to train students in relating to and collaborating with relevant problem-owners.



Description of the teaching methods
Feedback during the teaching period
Feedback will be given during supervision.
Student workload
supervision 24 hours
thesis writing 800 hours
Last updated on 25-01-2023