HEM4113 – Research Methods - course II

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Course content

This course focuses on methodological challenges of doing empirical research in social science:

  • Qualitative and quantitative research in practice, including competence in the use of appropriate software packages.
  • Drawing inferences from qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research with a focus on validity.

Learning outcome

The course is aimed to further develop the knowledge and skills related to social science research methods.

Upon successful completion of the course you are expected to


  • have advanced knowledge on qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods techniques


  • be able to develop quantitative and qualitative instruments (building questionnaires, interview guides etc), as well as choose appropriate data analysis techniques in qualitative and quantitative research and conduct such analysis
  • be able to interpret data produced with various support tools


  • be able to critically assess the appropriateness of methodological choices and the quality of inferences in research


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


Recommended previous knowledge

Students must have successfully completed HEM4112 – Research Methods and Statistics - course I or equivalent in order to have access to this course.


The course combines lectures and practical workshops using relevant software packages. There is a mandatory 80 per cent attendance requirement for all courses. If you do not fulfill the mandatory attendance requirement, you must complete an additional assignment prior to passing the course. The requirement for the additional assignment is at the discretion of the teacher.

In addition to the mandatory attendance requirement, all students at The Faculty of Educational Sciences are required to complete and pass an online course in privacy and data protection.


Exam is an open book exam which will last 6 hours. Students are expected to answer questions about the various topics covered during the course.

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

This exam is an open book exam. You are allowed to use the course literature, notes and dictionaries during the examination. No electronic support materials will be allowed. 

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

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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

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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

Autumn 2020

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