Course syllabus

Forskningsmetodik och metoder
Research Methodology and Methods

VRSN40, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2019/20
Decided by: PLED BI/RH
Date of Decision: 2019-03-27

General Information

Main field: Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation.
Compulsory for: MKAT2
Elective for: RH5
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


The course aims to provide students with understanding, skills and approaches to independently design and carry out scientific research and development work. The course builds on previous knowledge and abilities from one or several subject areas that the students have developed through previous courses on advanced level. This course provides a basis for developing new knowledge within these areas through research and development work.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must


Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must



Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must




The course is structured in modules focusing on various key aspects of research methodology and methods; from philosophical assumptions and research strategies, to ethical considerations and methods of data collection and analysis. The students use recorded mini-lectures and literature to inform their own work, their peer review of other students' work, and structured conversations in groups. This in turn forms the basis for student-led seminars where particularly important issues are addressed with the facilitation of teachers.

Examination details

Grading scale: UG - (U,G) - (Fail, Pass)
Assessment: Written individual papers, approved portfolio with module assignments, and participation in compulsory seminars.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.

Code: 0119. Name: Thesis Outline.
Credits: 1. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Approved written thesis outline Contents: Written thesis outline
Code: 0219. Name: Portfolio.
Credits: 3. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Approved written portfolio Contents: Written portfolio
Code: 0319. Name: Seminars.
Credits: 0,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Active participation Contents: Active participation
Code: 0419. Name: Goal Document.
Credits: 3. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Approved written goal document Contents: Written goal document


Admission requirements:

The number of participants is limited to: 50
Selection: Guaranteed admission for students at the Master's Programme in Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation. Selection rules for the remaining places: priority is given to students firstly at the Programme Risk Management and Safety Engineering and secondly to students enrolled in programmes that include the course in their curriculum. To distinguish between students from the same programme, number of credits and results on the programme will be used.
The course might be cancelled: If the number of applicants is less than 12.
The course overlaps following course/s: EXTP76, EXTP75

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Per Becker,
Further information: The course focuses explicitly on the students’ learning through interaction between students and the subject, as well as through informed dialogue between students. It requires active participation of all students in their own work, in peer review and dialogue, as well as in student-led seminars.