Postgraduate course

Research Design

Teaching semester


Objectives and Content

The course provides the student with training in writing research proposals:

  • formulating research questions,
  • introducing relevant theory and reviewing literature,
  • identifying sources of data and methods of data gathering, and
  • discussing possibilities for generalization.

The purpose is to provide practical experience in the development of a research proposal. The course focuses on the relation between problem identification, developing theoretical perspectives, methodological approach and data discussion.

Learning Outcomes


The student has advanced knowledge of:

  • Relevant theories and perspectives in a field of research
  • Basic principles for scientific design


The student can:

  • Develop a research proposal which later forms the basis for working with the master thesis
  • formulate and discuss a research problem, review literature, and make decisions regarding the choice of theories and methodology that are relevant to the research theme.

General competence

The student can:

  • identify relevant data sources and specify data collection methods
  • has developed skills to critically review data sources, scientific argumentation, and use of scientific references.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

AORG320 Organization and Politics og AORG321 Methodology

Access to the Course

The course is open for students who have been accepted to the Master´s program at the Department of Administration and Organization Theory

Teaching and learning methods

Seminars and workshop

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Submission of supervision contract through Mitt UiB at the established deadline.

Approved draft and mandatory attendance at workshop. Approved compulsory requirements are valid in the current and the following exam semester. The compulsory assignments and attendance must be completed to take the exam.

Forms of Assessment

Submission of paper, 6000 words (+/- 10 %)

Course Evaluation

The course is evaluated every third year.


Department of Administration and Organization Theory


Contact Information

Department of Administration and Organization Theory


Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Paper

    Submission deadline
    28.05.2018, 14:00
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam