Schedule, syllabus and examination date

Choose semester

Course content

Areas of study

  • 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

The course is an obligatory component in the third semester of the two-year Master of Philosophy in Special Needs Education Programme.

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.


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.

Only students formally accepted onto the programme may attend this course.

Overlapping courses

20 credits overlap with SNE4230 – Research Methodology (discontinued)


  • Lectures
  • Literature studies
  • Individual assignments
  • Virtual classroom (Canvas)


Two exams:

  • Individual written examination in statistical principles and analysis (3 hours) Grades: A, B, C, D, E and F(ail) 
  • Individual written examination in theory of science and research methodology (4 hours) Grades: A, B, C, D, E and F(ail) 

The total grade of the course is calculated based on the grades achieved in the two examinations. Examination in theory of science and research methodology is weighted 75%, and examination in statistical principles and analysis is weighted 25 %. Both exams must be passed in order to pass the course.

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.

Examination support material

No examination support material is 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

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.


The course is evaluated according to departmental guidelines. 

Facts about this course






Every autumn


Every autumn

Teaching language