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
  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

  • 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 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 main content

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.


Lectures and seminars



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


Presenteras vid kursstart


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

Offered by

ABE/Sustainability and Environmental Engineering


Maria Malmström <maria.malmstrom@abe.kth.se>


Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2019.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2009.