This course is discontinued

EDU4252 – Applied Research Methods Part II

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Course content

The course focuses on providing practical knowledge and skills of proposal development and data analysis as directly related to their own research.

Major course components include:

  • A thesis proposal's various components and the criteria of a well-developed proposal
  • Discussion of sample proposals
  • Individual and group work on students' own proposals.

Learning outcome

Learning outcomes

This teaching is organized as workshops. The course builds on the previous CIE courses and social science research methodology and methods and focuses on helping students with their thesis proposal development. Students are expected to apply their knowledge and skills about doing social/educational research already acquired to successfully plan their own research for their master's theses. They are expected to work out a thesis that will be ‘passed’ based on the criteria outlined in the ‘guide’. The course is a foundation for EDU4301 which will focus on preparing for the fieldwork.


Through the workshop, the students are expected to understand the purpose of a thesis proposal, its various components, and what characterizes a good proposal.


Being able to write proposals that meet the criteria for approval.


Demonstrating adequate proficiency for planning the thesis research.


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.

All students in the 2nd semester of the programme have equal access to the course as long as the requirements for admission are met.

The course is a compulsory part of the Master's Programme in Comparative and International Education.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Students are required to have passed EDU4150 – Social Science Research (discontinued) and EDU4251 – Applied Research Methods Part I (discontinued) I in order to enter this course.


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.

A minimum of 80% attendance is required of all students.


At the end of this course you are required to submit your thesis proposal. The deadline for handing in the proposal is found under examination on the course semester page. The course is graded based on the submitted proposal. The papers in this course will be evaluated by one examiner who may be the course coordinator.

If you fail you will have the possibility to rewrite you research proposal once within the same semester. Requirements and deadlines will be announced at the beginning of the course.

A minimum of 80 percent attendance is required of all students. If you do not fulfil the mandatory attendance requirement, you will need to complete an additional assignment prior to passing the course.

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.

Teaching language


There have been changes made to the content of the course. The changes applies from Spring 2017.