MEVIT4800 – Methods in Media and Journalism Research

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Course content

This course presents methods that are central to empirical research in media and communication research and in journalism research.
These methods include research interviews, document-analysis, content-analysis, surveys and introductory statistics. A central aim is to increase students’ understanding of the choices involved throughout a research process, including assessing what methods are appropriate for different research purposes.

Learning outcome

Students will

  • be able to critically evaluate and assess existing empirical research
  • be able to design and conduct their own scientific investigations within media and journalism research
  • be able to discuss methodological issues critically
  • be able to analyse different types of data
  • enhance their understanding of the scientific process, including the relation between theory and empirical evidence


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.

Admission as master student, with a Bachelor´s Degree in Media Studies or equivalent.


Recommended previous knowledge

The course builds on basic methodological knowledge such as provided in MEVIT2800 – Metoder i medievitenskap or similar courses in quantitative and qualitative methodology.


The course does not offer teaching autumn 2018, but will be offered again in spring 2019. Students who have approved obligatory assignments from autumn 2017 or autumn 2016 may retake the exam in autumn 2018 by registering for resitting the MEVIT4800. NB! Only for re-sitting the exam. If you have not taken MEVIT4800 at all, you need to take the course and exam in spring 2019.

Teaching takes place throughout the semester organized as lectures, working groups and SPSS seminars. The workload is equivalent to seven weeks of full time studies.

Lectures will be given in English. The working groups will decide themselves which language to use.

This course contains a qualification assignment, graded approved/ not approved. The qualification assignment will involve participation in the SPSS seminars. Each SPSS group will meet one full day a week for two weeks, and the SPSS groups will be assigned according to study programme.
The details and deadlines for the qualifications assignment will be given at the beginning of the semester.


School exam (4 hours).

A qualification assignment must be approved before the exam.

NB! If you have approved obligatory assignments from autumn 2017 (or earlier), and need to re-sit the exam, you may register for resitting the MEVIT4800. NB! Only for re-sitting the exam. If you have not taken MEVIT4800 at all, you need to take the course and exam in spring 2019.


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

Students  may bring a monolingual or bilingual English dictionary.
The dictionary must be inspected and approved before the exam. Please contact the study administration at IMK for an appointment. 

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English.You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Students enrolled in the Nordic Media programme option must write their exams 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

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.

Periodic course evaluation, autumn 2017 (PDF)

Periodic course evaluation Autumn 2013 (only in Norwegian)

Periodic course evaluation spring 2009

Facts about this course






Every spring

This course is offered in spring term as from spring 2019.


Every spring

Teaching language