MJ2475 Theory and Methodology of Science for Energy Research 6.0 credits

Vetenskapsteori och -metodik för energiforskning

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Mechanical Engineering
  • Grading scale

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

Course offerings

Autumn 19 for programme students

Autumn 18 for programme students

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course the students should be able to:

- understand, describe and compare fundamental concepts of theory and methology of science and relate them to energy research problems of different nature;

- critically discuss theories and methodologies used in scientific articles and reports;

- identify and propose the application of specific methodologies for analyzing energy problems and research topics.

Course main content

The aim of the course is to introduce theory and methodology of science to Master’s students and prepare them for the development of their Master’s thesis. The course introduces basic concepts and understanding of methodological and underlying philosophical issues that arise in science. Furthermore, the course invites to reflection on research issues within the student’s own area of interest. The course works as a scientific initiation for applied research in energy related topics. Critical assessment of methods and results of research are exercised within the scope of the course, which can help students to evaluate and analyze research materials and evidence.

The course includes the following main activities:

- review of research literature on basic concepts and methodologies of science;

- seminars to discuss concepts, approaches and methodologies in scientific energy articles;

- definition of concepts and methodologies to address research questions and discussion of their application in specific research topics.


Bachelor degree or three year university level education in areas relevant for the course in question.

Documented proficiency in english B or equivalent.


Kurslitteratur kommer att specificeras i början av varje kurstillfälle.

Course literature will be specified at the start of each course round.


  • INL1 - Written Analysis, 1.0, grading scale: P, F
  • INL2 - Problem and Method Formulation, 1.5, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • SEM1 - Participation in literature seminar, 0.5, grading scale: P, F
  • SEM2 - Participation in literature seminar, 0.5, grading scale: P, F
  • SEM3 - Participation in literature seminar, 0.5, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Exam, 2.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Offered by

ITM/Energy Technology


Dilip Khatiwada <dilip.khatiwada@energy.kth.se>

Semida Silveira <semida.silveira@energy.kth.se>


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2013.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2013.