MCT4012 – Research Methods, Tools and Issues in MCT

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

Course content

The aim of the course is to develop knowledge of and skills in various research methods, tools and issues in the field of music, communication and technology. These range from qualitative to quantitative methods, and with perspectives spanning from the arts and humanities to the social and natural sciences. The course will prepare the student for carrying out research and development in the field.

Learning outcome


Having completed the course, the student will: 

  • be familiar with various types of methods used in the field of music, communication and technology.
  • be familiar with different music technologies, their histories, aesthetic qualities and societal impacts.



Having completed the course, the student will:

  • be able to read and reflect on new research results in the field.
  • be able to identify ethical problems in research, including when working with external stakeholders.
  • be able to present and discuss research both orally and in writing.
  • be able to use tools for acquiring, organizing and presenting research data.


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.

Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

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

Overlapping courses

5 credits overlap with MCT4010 – Research Methods, Tools and Issues in MCT (continued)


The course will be taught with a flipped classroom strategy, including preparatory material followed by in-class presentations and discussions. It consists of 12 workshops of 2 hours. 

In order to qualify for the exam, students must attend at least 10 out of the 12 classes and complete all compulsory assignments.

Read more about compulsory activities here.


6-hour take home final exam (70%)

The task requires reading and reviewing a selection of academic research papers, and writing a report of maximum 3000 words that summarize and criticize the contents.

Midterm paper (30%)

The task requires developing a written academic research proposal of up to 2000 words.

The assessment rubric can be found here.

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit your assignment.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response 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.

Facts about this course

Every autumn
Every autumn
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