MJ2673 Research Methodology and Theory of Science 7.5 credits

Forskningsmetodik och vetenskapsteori

  • Research Methodology and Theory of Science.
  • Information gathering and analyses.
  • Criticism of the information sources

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

The course Research Methodology and Theory of Science will give you deeper understanding of science and its different paradigms. The course will facilitate your skills in doing research projects and carrying out your Master thesis work. The course will cover quantitative and qualitative methods for sustainability research.

Intended learning outcomes *

After finishing the course, the student should be able to:

  • Reflect on what is science and underlying ideas for its different paradigms
  • Reflect on true and false science
  • Debate about the role of science in society
  • Explain requirements on a scientific work.
  • Explain the most common scientific methods and tools for sustainability research, such as case study, participatory backcasting, surveys, interviews, data analysis and experimental methods.
  • Explain and apply rules for copying, citation and referencing.
  • Critically review and constructively comment on a finalized thesis work/scientific paper according to aims, relevance, objectives, methods/theory, evidence and uncertainty of results.
  • Design a framework for own Master thesis work/research paper, including thesis structure, research question/hypothesis, aims, relevance, methods and generalization of results. 

Course Disposition

Lectures and seminars

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *


Others: Open for programme students at KTH with at least 150 ECTS or a Bachelor degree for other students

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale *

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

Examination *

  • NÄR1 - Attendance, 1.5 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project Work and Presentation, 3.0 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • UPP3 - Home Assignment 1, 1.5 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • UPP4 - Home Assignment 2, 1.5 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

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Maria Malmström

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.

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Course web MJ2673

Offered by

ABE/Sustainability and Environmental Engineering

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Education cycle *

Second cycle

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