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MSB209 Advanced Method and Research Design

Course description for academic year 2024/2025

Contents and structure

This course offers knowledge on methods and research design that is necessary for writing the master's thesis. The course teaches basic principles in the philosophy of science, research design and qualitative and quantitative methods. For the science of philosphy part, how different philosophical assumptions impact research designs and methods is emphasized. A short introduction to research ethics is also included. The students will learn how to develop a research design (stating a research problem, choosing a methdological framwork, discussing relevant research methods and techniques). Principle methods of data-collection, analysis and interpretation will be taught in the form of an introduction to both qualitative and quantitative methods and techniques.

Learning Outcome


On completion of the course, the student has advanced knowledge of

• the main principles of research design.

• relevant concepts and methods of data collection, analysis, and interpretation.

• qualitative and quantitative research strategies.

• ethics in scientific research

• has knowledge about the main ontological and epistemological positions in research philosophy

• has knowledge about the legal framework regarding data collection and storage of data.


On completion of the course, the student can

• conduct data collection with necessary skills for critical research.

• conduct advanced analysis using quantitative and qualitative research methods.

• undertake balanced criticism of data sources.

• initiate, develop and implement a scientific research project on a private or public organization and apply knowledge from other parts of the master programe in an analysis of the organisation(s) as an object of study.

General Competence

On completion of the course, the student can:

• systematize, criticize, and use knowledge published in scientific literature.

• justify appropriate research design for concrete research projects.

• participate in large-scale research projects or consultancy work in the areas of organisation, innovation and management.

• analyse relevant ethical problems in research.

Entry requirements


Recommended previous knowledge

Completion of courses offered at first and second semester

Teaching methods

The course is organized through lectures with practical assignments in the philosophy of science and qualitative methods, including case-study research. The students are expected to participate in lectures, group-work and plenary discussions, to answer questions and to show the ability to critically reflect on the knowledge taught.

Students shall participate in groupwork with oral or written presentations in the science of philosophy, quantitative methods and case-study research. Students will also be given the opportunity to particiapte in a pratical seminar in quantitative methods.

Compulsory learning activities

The following requirements must be passed before the candidate can present themselves for examination:

Participate in group work and deliver a written presentation in philosophy of science

Participate in group work and give an oral presentation in qualitative research methods

Participate in group work and and deliver a written presentation in case study-methods

Deliver a research design proposal for the master`s thesis. The proposal shall be written in groups of two (2) students (normally the same group that will write the masterthesis together) and should be about 3000 words.

Participation, if offered, in student-driven seminar on quantitative techniques is voluntary

Passed assignments are valid for the examination semester and 3 following semesters


Home exam, 5 hours.

Grading scale is A-F

Examination support material

All means/tools allowed

More about examination support material

Course reductions

  • MOØ223 - Metode og forskingsdesign - Reduction: 7.5 studypoints
  • INN522 - Forskningsdesign og metode - Reduction: 7.5 studypoints