HEM4312 – Advanced Courses in Research Methods

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About teaching and exam autumn 2020: 

Teaching and exam this semester may be affected by the situation related to the corona virus. Changes in the plans may occur. You will find updated information on the semester page. 


The course is focused on further development of the thesis proposal with specific focus on methodology, as well as working on analyzing research proposals and giving feedback to peers.

Learning outcome

The course is designed for you to learn how to further develop a research proposal that forms the basis for your Master thesis work.

Upon successful completion of the course you are expected to


  • have knowledge on the different elements of a coherent research proposal, and have advanced knowledge related to the various methodological choices for thesis work


  • be able to develop a sufficiently coherent research proposal with specific focus on methodological choices and the implications of such choices


  • be able to work independently on writing up a research proposal, develop analytical skills to independently assess the coherence of research proposals, as well as development of skills for providing feedback on written text


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.

The course is a part of the Master programme in Higher Education. Only students formally accepted to these programmes may attend this course.


Recommended previous knowledge

Students must have successfully completed of the following courses: HEM4112 – Research Methods and Statistics - course I, HEM4250 – Thesis Proposal, as well as completed and passed all requirements of the previous semesters in order to enter the course offered.


The course is based on a series of seminars, with active student input, as well as home assignments. Activities include the continuous development of your thesis proposal, presenting the proposal during seminar, as well as analysing and commenting other thesis proposals.


The assessment is based on submitted final thesis proposal with a focus on methodological issues and research. The deadline for submission of the proposal will be announced at the end of the course. The length of the assignment should be between 6-10 pages.

There is a mandatory 80 percent attendance requirement for this 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.

The following must be completed and approved by the course teacher before you submit final version of the proposal

  • 80 percent attendance for the course
  • completion of course exercises and oral presentation

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 Autumn 2016

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