ENT5100 - Research Design

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Course content

This course covers various conceptual, theoretical and methodological themes within innovation and entrepreneurship to prepare you for your master thesis work. It enables you to specialize within an area of your own interest by conducting literature reviews and being able to reflect on potential research methodologies that could be used.

Learning outcome

After you have completed this course, you will:

  • be able to undertake an independent literature review within a research domain.
  • have developed your proficiency in conducting field research and/or writing a research proposal.
  • be able to demonstrate an ethically sound practice with regard to citations in written reports.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

This course is only available for students admitted to the master's degree programme in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.


Formal prerequisite knowledge


The course is based on intensive seminars during late August and the whole September, with group work in between. The seminars are mandatory. Except from the elective you will also take this semester, this course will be full-time in August and September. 

As a part of the course you are expected to do a 'mini-project' on the topic you intend to select for your master thesis - your specialization. This is a literature review including methodology considerations. The selection of topic is not binding, but it reflects the scope of preparation you are expected to do prior to entering the master thesis stage. The work should lead you up to the master thesis proposal stage.


The course grade depends on the following assignments:

  • One individual literature review assignment (10% of the grade).
  • One qualitative interview assignment with individual report (10% of the grade).
  • One quantitative group study report without presentation (20% of the grade).
  • One qualitative/case based group study report with presentation (20% of the grade).
  • Your selected field of specialization: One individual paper (40% of the grade).

Language of examination

Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English.

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

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