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Course content

The course aims to give students with a variety of backgrounds an introduction to scientific methods, study designs and practical work regarding the analysis of data.

Learning outcome


You will

  • get an overview of common quantitative and qualitative methods.
  • know the main differences between the methods and study designs.


You will learn how to

  • construct simple research projects focusing on practical applications.
  • apply simple methods, both quantitative and qualitative, in research.

General competence

Upon completing the course, you should be able to critically consider the various choices that have to be made, as well as the consequences of these choices, when constructing small research projects.


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.


Recommended previous knowledge

Overlapping courses

5 credits overlap with HMM4101 - Research methods and statistics (discontinued)


Lectures and exercises


Written exam (3 hours).

Digital examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

Read more about written examinations using Inspera.

Examination support material

All written and printed material, and approved calculator (Citizen SR-270X, Citizen SR270X BTSPU, TI-30X IIS, or Casio FX-82MS).

Language of examination

For students at Eu-HEM: English

For students at HEPAM: The problem set will be given in English. Answers can be given in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or in 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

For HEPMA students:

For Eu-HEM students:

An EU-hem student cannot present her or himself for the examination in a course more than two times. There will be held re-sits for EU-hem students who have failed an exam or who have legitimate absence (usually illness) in January and August. If you are entitled to a re-sit you must contact the student advisor via email no longer than one week after the result of the exam has been published.

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.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Every autumn


Every autumn

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