SNE4230 – Research Methodology

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Course content

This course is a component in the second and third semesters of the two-year Master’s Programme in Special Needs Education.

  • Theory of science; research problems and strategies in special needs education
  • Qualitative and quantitative research designs, methods, instruments, data analysis and presentation
  • Research ethics
  • Principles and techniques of statistical analysis
  • Conceptualising and conducting a research proposal

Learning outcome


The course aims to give students a broad understanding of research methodology, including theory of science and qualitative and quantitative methods.


The course aims to give students skills for critical reading of research literature and for developing a research proposal for a master’s thesis project.


Students should become competent in planning, conducting, evaluating and presenting a research project.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

The course is an obligatory component of the Master of Philosophy in Special Needs Education Programme. Only students formally accepted onto the programme may attend this course.
The following courses must have been successfully completed:


  • Lectures
  • A series of research planning seminars
  • Literature studies
  • Group and plenary discussions

Compulsory activities

  • The research planning seminars


  • Individual written examination in statistical principles and analysis (3 hours) during the second semester. Grades: Pass/Fail (A re-sit examination may be taken at the end of the second semester if "Fail")
  • Development of a research proposal during the second semester. The research proposal may be written individually or in cooperation between two students. The latter will be the case if two students are planning to do the research and write their master’s thesis together Grades: Pass/Fail
  • Individual written examination in theory of science and research methodology (4 hours) at the beginning of the fourth semester  Grades: A, B, C, D, E and F(ail)

The final grade for SNE4230 is awarded on the basis of the grade given for "Individual written examination in theory of science and research methodology".

Previous examinations Statistics

Previous examinations Reseach Methodology

Written 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.

Submit assignments in Inspera

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

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.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who do not pass an exam may have a second attempt as soon as it is possible to arrange. This is called a re-sit examination. The re-sit examination is held within 3 months of the original examination. Students who have passed their exam, but who wish to improve their grade may NOT participate in a re-sit examination. You may take an exam to improve your grades at the next time the course has an ordinary exam, as long as you have not already used all three attempts. The Faculty will provide information and guidelines about the re-sit 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.

Facts about this course






This course ran for the last time in Spring 2018 and does no longer admit students


Written examination in statistics and submission of research proposal in first spring semester. Written examination in theory of science and research methodology at beginning of final semester.

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