1N5503 The Research Process, Introductory course 7.5 credits

Introduktion till forskningsprocessen

  • Education cycle

    Third cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

    P, F

At present this course is not scheduled to be offered.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course the student should have attained basic knowledge and skills in:

- Searching of literature and source material.

- Formulating relevant and fruitful research questions.

- Writing PM for a PhD project.

- Critically review, evaluate and give feedback.

The student should also be familiar with the history of science, technology and environment and nearby academic disciplines, know what is required of a doctoral thesis, have obtained reflexive understanding of doctoral studies, academic research and the university as an institution, and comprehended the formal administrative structure and regulations of KTH.     

Course main content

The course provides a comprehensive and reflexive introduction to graduate education and academic life. Seminars and lectures include topics as practical and formal aspects of financing and examination; experiences of former PhD students and supervisors; literature search and publishing; academic writing and referencing; ways of writing and presenting a doctoral thesis and a scholarly paper; the academic milieu and the university as an institution; the humanities and the research system. All students will develop a thesis PM during the course and have the opportunity to receive feedback and advices.


Eligible applicants are students who meet the requirements for admission to graduate studies in history or other humanities and social sciences.


  • Becher, T., Academic Tribes and Territories: Intellectual enquiry and the culture of disciplines (Milton Keynes 1989).
  • Collini, S., What are universities for? (London 2012).
  • Doel, R.E. & T. Söderqvist, The historiography of contemporary science, technology and medicine (London 2006).
  • Lévesque, S., Thinking Historically: Educating Students for the Twenty-First Century (Toronto 2008).
  • Nussbaum, M.C., Not for profit: Why democracy needs the humanities (Princeton, N.J. 2010).
  • Phillips, E.M. & D.S. Pugh, How to get a PhD: A handbook for students and their supervisors (Maidenhead 2010).
  • Pyne, S.J., Voice & Vision: A Guide to Writing History and Other Serious Nonfiction (Cambridge, MA & London 2009).

Articles as per schedule.



Requirements for final grade

In order to pass the course the student should have attended and actively taken part in at least 80% of the seminars and presented several comments on the literature orally and in written form. The student must also present a thesis PM at the Division higher seminar and held a seminar opposition of another student’s thesis PM.

Offered by

ABE/History of Science, Technology and Environment


Nina Wormbs, nina@kth.se, 08 790 85 83


Nina Cyrén Wormbs <nina.wormbs@abe.kth.se>

Supplementary information

The course is mandatory for licentiates as well as Ph.Ds in the graduate programme in History of Technology.


Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2018.