This course is discontinued

EDU4251 – Applied Research Methods Part I

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Course content

The course springs from EDU4150 and focuses on providing practical knowledge and skills of

  • principal designs in qualitative, quantitative, and mixed research
  • data collection methods/tools in qualitative, quantitative and mixed research
  • social statistics
  • research proposal development

Learning outcome

The three methodology courses in the programme (EDU4150, EDU4251 Part I and EDU4252 Part II) are designed to reflect and follow the processes involved in planning, conducting, and reporting empirical scientific research. By the end of the courses, you will be equipped with an holistic understanding of social research at methodological, theoretical, and practical levels as applied to education.

This course aims at providing you with knowledge of major types of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, as a preparation for application in your own research work.


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


Formal prerequisite knowledge

The course is a compulsory part of the Master’s Programme in Comparative and International Education. Students are required to have passed EDU4150 – Social Science Research (discontinued) in order to be admitted to this course.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with EDU4250 – Applied Research Methods and Statistics (discontinued)


The course combines lectures and seminars linked to group exercises.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


The exam consists of a written paper. Requirements and deadlines will be annonunced at the beginning of the course. If you fail the exam, you will have the possibility to rewrite your paper once. The assignment will count as the entire portion of the final course grade.

A minimum of 80 per cent attendance is required of this course. If you do not fulfill the mandatory attendance requirements, you must submit a written request to apply for an additional assignment prior to passing the course. The application must document stated reasons for absence beyond your Control.

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 pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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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 Spring 2016

Facts about this course






Spring 2019

Last time this course is taught is spring 2019


Every spring

Last chance to re-take exam in this course is spring 2020 and only for students who have completed the course requirements in spring 2019 or prior.

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