ME2000 Research Methodology 3.0 credits


Research MethodologyThe course consists of two main areas: philosophy of science and method, and is intended to prepare the student for her/his thesis work. The leading question is: How is (social) science done?, and in the course different theories of social science and their onthologies and epistemologies are presented. Both quantitative and qualitative methods will be studied, but focus is on qualitative research and scientific work is presented as an iterative process.

Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Course information

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

In the course, lectures and seminares with discussion- and writing exercises are mixed. To support the ongoing learning process, small writing assignments are given where the student has the possibility of testing her/his knowledge before the exam. The exam is done through a written home exam and here, the student should be able to take a scientific standpoint, regarding onthology, epistemology in relation to the method chosen for the thesis.

Intended learning outcomes *

After the course, the student shall:         

  1. be able to formulate a scientific question, for example the research question which will be studied in the thesis work         
  2. be able to chose a suitable method to investigate the research question         
  3. describe different qualitative and quantitative methods        
  4. account for different onthological and epistemological views         
  5. identify gender and ethical aspects in scientific work         
  6. use references in scientific writing and present a correct reference list         
  7. plan the method section of a thesis 

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

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Recommended prerequisites

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Will be presented at the start of the course

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination *

  • LIT1 - Assignments, 3.0 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Mats Engwall

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web ME2000

Offered by

ITM/Industrial Economics and Management

Main field of study *

Industrial Management

Education cycle *

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Supplementary information

Established 2004-10-14.

Replaces 4D1303.