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Entry requirements: The equivalent of English B and a Bachelor's degree including a minimum of 90 credits in Environmental Science, Bioscience, Political Science, Sociology, International Health, Media and Communication Studies, or the equivalent

Selection: On the basis of previous university credits. Between 30 and 285 credits may be taken into account.

  • Closed... AS18 week 41-45, fulltime100%, day. Application code: SH-44154
  • 15/03/2019 AS19 week 41-45, fulltime100%, day. Application code: SH-44019

Research Methods and Methodologies

Course 7,5 credits

This course offers students in-depth knowledge of methods, methodologies and the links between the choice of research approach and tools, and scientific knowledge and the philosophy of science. Particular emphasis is put on comparisons of alternative methodologies and methods, e.g. case study approaches, ethnographic studies, quantitative cross-case analysis, experiments, and how they relate to different types of research problems in the realm of environmental science. Methodological issues such as case selection, various types of data collection and the analysis, validity, possibilities for generalisation, research ethics, etc., are discussed and related to general research design strategies.

The information below comes from the syllabus and is valid from: autumn semester 2018

Course design

Lectures and seminars.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student is able to:

  • explain differences and similarities and assess the strengths and weaknesses of major methodologies and methods, such as case study approaches, ethnographic studies, quantitative cross-case analysis, and experiments, that are used in environmental science
  • assess the utility, limitations and uncertainties associated with various research methodologies
  • evaluate, select and argue for suitable methods and methodological approaches to a particular environmental research problem
  • critically assess studies within environmental science from a methodological
  • make assessments of scientific, methodological, and ethical aspects related to a given research problem
  • design a study which contains an analysis of an environmental problem using a scientific method.


The course is assessed by oral presentations during seminars and individual written reports. Absence from seminars must be compensated for through alternative assignments. Absence from more than 50% of the seminars requires that the student take the course again. The compensatory assignments must be handed in within one year of course completion

Grading criteria will be distributed at course/module start.

Syllabus valid from autumn semester 2018

The above information and syllabus are based on the most recently validated decision. Any previous versions are available here.


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